Reading Notes: Robin Hood (A)

  •  I’ve always seen Robin Hood portrayed as a great guy, but here he kind of isn’t. It might be interesting to write a story that explains why he became a good guy, or a story where he really is a villain.
  • Does Robin Hood adopt every person that wanders into Sherwood?
  • I wonder what Allen a Dale’s bride was thinking as all this happened. Or how she felt about moving to Sherwood
  • I like that Robin comes across as more of a trickster in these stories. Trickster tales are some of my favorites!

Bibliography: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads collected by Francis James Child.

Image: Robin Hood and Little John by Louis Rhead. Source: Wikimedia

Reading Notes: Nursery Rhymes (A)

  •  Why were the children taken to the woods in Babes in the Wood? Did they do something wrong or misbehave?
  • I feel like Robbin the Bobbin is secretly the story of a cannibalistic serial killer
  • Lady Wind would make a good story if it was told from the wind’s point of view’
  • Taffy was a Welshman could also be a fun story, no matter who’s point of view it was from
  • The rhyme about sneezing would be a funny premise for a rom com. Someone sneezes on a Tuesday and accidentally meets the love of their life
  • I love the Monday’s Child one! It’s something that my grandmother said to my mom when I was born on a Wednesday
  • I wonder what little Bo-peep was doing when she lost her sheep
  • Tom, the Piper’s son is kind of mean, but I bet I could make a fun story out of that
  • The pretty maid goes a-milking is awesome and I’d love to write that up longer
  • It’s kind of funny to see the Queen of Hearts, since I also read Alice in Wonderland this week
  • The trip to St. Ives would make a cool story

Bibliography: The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang. Web Source.

Image: Nursery Rhymes by Edward Cogger. Source: Wikimedia

Reading Notes: Alice in Wonderland (B)

  •  I very much want to know why a raven is like a writing desk. I’ve been wondering that since the first time I read Alice in Wonderland
  • Honestly, I’m less interested in Alice’s adventures in Wonderland than the Cheshire Cat’s. I feel like he would be a very cool main character
  • It seems interesting to me that this is a dream. I think it would be interesting if, instead of dreaming, Alice actually was crazy, and her adventures in Wonderland were actually her life in a psychiatric hospital

Bibliography: “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carrol. Web Source.

Image: Alice by Danny PiG. Source: Flickr

Reading Notes: Alice in Wonderland (A)

  •  I’ve always wondered what it was that the Rabbit was late for, and why he was late. What was he doing in the regular world?
  • I understand that Alice is a child, but she doesn’t have a very good grasp of logic. I wonder if a logical mind would have made her adventures in Wonderland easier or harder.
  • I don’t think it really makes sense that the “eat me” cake and the “drink me” liquid changed Alice’s size proportionally, but the bits of the mushroom don’t.
  • I wonder why Cheshire cats grin. Is that ever explained?
  • This is my favorite part in the book! “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” It’s not a direct quote, but I still like it.”
  • If she must be mad to be in Wonderland, I wonder what’s happening in the real world.

Bibliography: “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carrol. Web Source.

Image: Cheshire Cat by thethreesIsters. Source: Flickr

Reading Notes: Native American Hero Tales (B)

  • I feel like the father in the Lodge-boy and Throw-Away should just stop telling the boys not to do things when they obviously won’t listen
  • I appreciate that Wemicus’ son-in-law was able to outsmart him at every turn, but Wemicus must not have been much of a trickster if he was that easy to evade
  • The story of the jealous father was good, but honestly I just want to know what happened to the step mother. Was the father right? Or was it just an excuse? Or did the woman cheat on her husband and blame it on her stepson?
  • I always like stories like Dirty-Boy, where people are rewarded for doing the right thing. The younger daughter did not go back on her father’s word, and ended up getting more than she ever dreamed of. The older daughter didn’t do what she was supposed to. She took what she thought was the next best thing, only to find out later that she made the wrong choice.

Bibliography: “Tales of the North American Indians” by Stith Thompson. Web Source.

Image: Spring Bird by jill111. Source: Pixabay

 

Reading Notes: Native American Hero Tales (A)

  • I liked the story of the unnatural uncle, but I think I’d like to rewrite parts of it with more detail. What was the boy thinking each time his uncle tried to kill him? Or when he dropped his uncle into the sea? Did he really enjoy living with the eagle people? Or maybe I could rewrite it from the aunt’s point of view and give her an opportunity to do more than just warn her husband of the potential downfall of his actions.
  • I think the story of Bluejay and his companions is pretty funny, but I don’t understand why they ran away from the last challenge. It seemed to me that they had beaten the people at their own game.
  • I am really confused by the Dug-From-Ground story. Everything happened so fast, and with so little detail, that I don’t really know what the story was about. Maybe I’ll take the basic plot points and make something up myself.
  • The attack on the giant elk and the eagle didn’t seem to be the whole story. It felt unfinished to me. The story also had a strange relationship with the number four, that wasn’t really explained. I wonder what was so important about that.

Bibliography: “Tales of the North American Indians” by Stith Thompson. Web Source.

Image: Archer by PaulSBarlow. Source: Pixabay

Reading Notes: West Africa Folktales (A)

  • I always like the stories about tricksters! I love that they accomplish tasks in such an out of the box way. I think I’d like to write about a trickster who helps the hero, but the hero takes all the credit and everything falls apart when people find out that the hero is actually kind of incompetent
  • I like that the story of Anansi and Nothing ends with that little pun. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be funny, but I think that it is!
  • I’ve read another story similar to Thunder and Anansi before, with a magic pot, a magic stick and a magic purse, but I don’t remember much of it. It was a really cute story though
  • I liked Anansi in the first story, but now he seems like an awful character. In every story he is greedy and mean.

Bibliography: West African Folktales by William H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair. Web source.

Image: West Africa by NASA. Source: Wikimedia

 

Reading Notes: West Africa Folktales (A)

  • I always like the stories about tricksters! I love that they accomplish tasks in such an out of the box way. I think I’d like to write about a trickster who helps the hero, but the hero takes all the credit and everything falls apart when people find out that the hero is actually kind of incompetent
  • I like that the story of Anansi and Nothing ends with that little pun. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be funny, but I think that it is!
  • I’ve read another story similar to Thunder and Anansi before, with a magic pot, a magic stick and a magic purse, but I don’t remember much of it. It was a really cute story though
  • I liked Anansi in the first story, but now he seems like an awful character. In every story he is greedy and mean.

Bibliography: West African Folktales by William H. Barker and Cecilia Sinclair. Web source.

Image: West Africa by NASA. Source: Wikimedia

 

Reading Notes: Chinese Fairy Tales

  • The favorite of fortune and the child of good luck. is really sad! I don’t like that she didn’t do anything to deserve her ill luck. There should be a reason or a chance for her to fix it. Maybe I’ll write something like that
  • The cave of beasts story is super messed up! I don’t think I would want to go live with my dad again if he abandoned me in the mountains. I’d rather them tell him to get out and live a happy life where the rest of their sisters joining them in the cave
  • I honestly think I would have liked the panther story better if the girls had come up with some of the things themselves. I like how they saved themselves the first time, but I think it would be cool to see them given these things by strangers and come up with uses for the items themselves.

Bibliography: The Chinese Fairy Book by R. Wilhelm. Web Source.

Image: Panther by SylviaP_Design. Source: Pixabay

Reading Notes: Filipino Popular Tales

  • I really like the monkey in the tale of the three friends. He seems really resourceful – much more so than his friends. I’d like to potentially rewrite this story with human characters in a different setting and see how it plays out
  • I don’t know what to say about the story of the three brothers of fortune. All I want it to see this from the woman’s point of view. I really want her to get the chance to give the three brothers a piece of her mind
  • I really enjoyed the story about Cochinango. I’m not sure what I would do with this story if I used it for storytelling this week, but I think it would be fun to work with. I could either remove the magical elements or tell the story from the princesses point of view.
  • I feel like the Enchanted Prince story is missing a lot of exposition. I think it would be nice to write about what I image happened leading up the main body of the story. I bet I could come up with something interesting
  • I like that the story of the poor man and his three sons has a moral to it. I have been missing those lately, but I like that this moral is applicable to everyday life. It’s honestly really sound advice

Bibliography: Filipino Popular Tales by Dean Fansler. Web Source.

Image: Flag map of the Philippines by Aira Cutamora. Source: Wikimedia