Fairy Tales

One of Nora’s favorite things to do is act out Fairy Tales.  I love to see how she has taken ownership of these simple stories after “playing them” over and over.  Lately we have been playing “The Princess and the Pea” a LOT.   Max plays the Prince, Nora – of course, is the Princess, and I get to narrate and be the Queen, although Nora often chimes in to help tell the details.  Oh – and Nora also has to be the one to hide the ‘pea.’

She is quite dramatic when she explains what a terrible sleep she had because of that lumpy pea.   Nora loves to play this story, and she certainly knows it and understands it; but she has not wanted to retell the story by herself yet.


Many years ago I bought this Frank Schaffer book that contains simple versions of Fairy Tales along with 6 pictures for each story.  I used them in lots of ways to retell stories.  I have shared a few of them on this blog, and I have received many, many requests for a copy of the entire book.  I have tried for the past couple of years to obtain permission from the publisher, but have not been able to contact the right people.  I wrote to the address in the book and got no reply.  Then I found out that Carson Dellosa had bought out Frank Schaffer products but when I contacted them they had no record of this book.

I make no profit from my blog – I don’t charge for anything that I share.  I am happy to help teachers develop materials that they can use to help children.  I am sharing the stories from this book but I am giving full credit to the author Sue Ryono.  Please do not use these images for personal gain – or on TPT or any other site that charges a fee.  If I find out that I am infringing rights I will remove them from my blog.

So today I gave Nora the pictures from the story “The Princess and the Pea” and asked her to put them in order.  It was fun hearing her talk about what was going on in each picture.

After she got them all in the right order she did a great job telling me the entire story without any prompting.  Then she wanted to take the pictures home to tell the story to Mommy and Daddy too!

Acting out stories is a wonderful way to help children with comprehension and developing new vocabulary.   I also see children making connections between stories and other things that they hear or experience.   Last week I baked cookies with my Grandchildren Owen, Anna and Lily.  They went home with a container of our cookies, but when their Dad asked to sample one, Anna asked, “Do you remember the Little Red Hen?”  Since he had not helped she wasn’t sure she wanted to share!

I think these pictures can also be a great resource to encourage children to retell stories.  I hope they are helpful for you!

In the original book these short stories are all in the back of the book, 4 stories on each page.  I enlarged and separated them so I could put each story under the matching sequencing pictures.  I never worried about telling a story exactly as this is written, but they are helpful if you are trying to remember details of some of the stories.



I hope you love using these as much as I have.  And if you can – take some time to act out stories too!  So much fun!


27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rachel
    Apr 12, 2017 @ 07:04:13

    Thank you very much for sharing. I too have tried hard, periodically over the last five years or so, to trace a copy of the book, after seeing a colleague’s battered copy. I am delighted to have access to fresh material!


  2. Robyn
    Apr 12, 2017 @ 10:29:59

    Oh Thank you. I have a copy of the book but I was missing a few pages. I also have been trying for years to find this book.


  3. stellargardenroute
    Apr 13, 2017 @ 10:09:30

    Thank you thank you thank you! The Fairy tale resource is fantastic. Had the books years ago and gave it away when I moved to the coast. Could KICK myself!
    Now I’m looking for the Frank Schaffer Listening Skills. If anyone has an old copy and would be willing to part with it (age a cost of course) I’d be over the moon.


  4. Olga
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 16:33:32

    Can we print these?


  5. amy
    Jan 03, 2018 @ 14:14:47

    Is there a link to print those off? I can’t seem to find it..


  6. dominonagy
    Feb 11, 2018 @ 05:15:45

    You made me so happy! Thanks so much for this amazing material and all your work you did! These are so useful for me now! I just love this book! ❤


  7. Terrie Hammer
    Mar 03, 2018 @ 19:25:20

    Thank you for posting these pages. I bought this book years ago and have misplaced it. If someone would put it back in print, classroom teachers, home schoolers and grandmas would but it!!!


  8. Ciara Buckley
    Apr 15, 2018 @ 05:44:06

    Thank you for posting this. Hours of fun for the children!


  9. sharonhales
    Jan 04, 2019 @ 18:21:38

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for! Thank-you for so generously sharing!


  10. Claudia
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 20:54:57

    Miles de gracias por compartir¡¡¡ Hace años que buscaba estas historias.Saludos desde Santiago de Chile


    • Maggie
      Sep 15, 2019 @ 19:02:56

      Can you email them to me? Or tell me how to print them all.


      • dbsenk
        Sep 15, 2019 @ 19:31:49

        Just click on the picture you want to print and then go to print on your computer. You might need to click the icon to enlarge it to full size and set your paper horizontally or vertically. The other thing that works for me is to drag the picture to my photos and then print from there.

  11. Miriam
    Sep 26, 2019 @ 21:19:03

    Thank you I found several shares of this but never knew it was your blog where the whole batch was found.


    • dbsenk
      Sep 27, 2019 @ 07:07:01

      Please check out djinkers.com. They are the creators of these great images, and so many more! They have sales and give teacher discounts sometimes. If you use the images please give them the credit.


  12. Jenn
    Oct 13, 2019 @ 01:24:54

    Thank you SO much for sharing! This is perfect for my little kinders to help them learn about sequencing story events.


  13. Hanh
    Dec 12, 2019 @ 18:10:20

    Thank you. I have this book and I absolutely love the pictures!


  14. Ирина
    Jan 19, 2020 @ 01:13:51

    Thank you so much for sharing!


  15. Pete
    Mar 22, 2020 @ 01:57:31

    Thank you for sharing. Thank you for making all these precious resources free. May God bless you and your family.


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  17. Sameer
    Sep 05, 2021 @ 09:43:13

    This has been extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing. God bless!


  18. scarlet_erg
    Jul 20, 2022 @ 20:32:17

    Reblogged this on Teaching English and commented:
    Amazing job!


  19. CassieBee
    Mar 16, 2023 @ 21:18:29

    Thank you for sharing this! I used the three little pigs story today with my 2 year old and 4 year old and they loved being able to put the story in order and try to tell it themselves!


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