The Star Apple

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By Taffy Thomas, MBE —Storyteller

The Star Apple is an English fairy tale originating from Kendal Castle in Cumbria. It involves a princess who is imprisoned by an evil ogre. To escape, she has to solve this riddle: A golden box without a lid, and deep inside a star is hid.


These teachers’ notes accompany the story The Star Apple.

Shared teaching and learning

Before reading

  • In small groups, discuss and list traditional fairy tales that involve princesses’ imprisonment, such as ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Rumpelstiltskin’.
  • Look out for adverbs: menacingly, defiantly, magically. Identify the suffix added to each adjective.
  • Jot down the names of the varieties of apple that appear. Remind the children that the initial capital letters indicate that they are names.
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  1. Addie
    on 22 July 2011

    Curious about the Star Apple..

    I find myself curious about the Star Apple story, but I cannot find an original source for it. Did the author find it in a book?