Our set of Ruth Elsasser fairy tale postcards (purchased from Nova Natural) has been sitting unused for awhile. While wondering how to better use them, I came up with the idea to put out one each month to use for storytelling. I found and adapted a version of Snow-White and Rose-Red for me to read and my oldest daughter to hear this month. The postcard initially drew her interest and after hearing the story she often looks at the postcard and talks about the story. For future fairy tales that we won't have postcards of, I can use our small lap chalkboard to draw a simple illustration.
I had forgotten how much I loved this story as a child. It brought back memories of my time listening over and over to this fairy tale read aloud on cassette tape and following along with the paperback book. I can still hear the voices and remember the pictures on the pages.
After hearing the story we then had journal drawing. My hope is that the story we read before journal drawing will help inspire the drawings in some way and ignite a bit more interest in journal day (after all, it is hard to compete with baking day!). After my daughter finished drawing she showed me her picture of Rose-Red and Snow-White, the prince and the dwarf (he is in the middle with the long red beard). On the side of the blog, I've added a download for the adapted fairy tales and stories we use/used. Snow-white and Rose-red is there now and hopefully this will grow to be a useful resource for those looking for fairy tales and stories to read aloud.