Now that this school year has wrapped up, it’s time to start pondering and preparing for next year. (A teacher’s work is never done. :) ) Since I’ve taught the same middle school English courses for several years in a row, it’s time to retire one of the books. Fortunately, it’s the book my students would rank lowest.
So, in its place, I’ve managed to include Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Needless to say, I’m excited. One of the many thigns I’m looking forward to is comparing some of the well-known ones to other variations of the story. After all, he wrote “The Little Mermaid” (which is far sadder than the Disney version), “Thumbelina” (known as “Inchelina” in my volume’s translation), and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” just to name a few.
And never mind that he wrote “The Ice Queen,” on which Frozen is very loosely based. Okay, not even loosely based. The two stories are incredibly different aside that both contain an important reindeer, a young girl as the protagonist, and have semi-magical shards that can pierce the heart to one’s detriment.
Which brings me to something fun to share. My husband and I discovered HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) some time ago, and when they introduced HISHE Kids, we couldn’t resist subscribing to its YouTube channel as well. Even though we don’t have kids yet… but it’s never too early to start thinking of what they should watch.
In any case, they just so happen to have a video on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s better-known fairy tales: “The Princess and the Pea.” But, of course, it includes how they think it should have ended. Enjoy!