New Twist on an Old Tale

Rapunzel : A Groovy Fairy Tale

By Lynn Roberts

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In this updated version of the Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel has flaming red hair and is kept imprisoned by her Aunt Esme, a heartless school cafeteria worker, in a tenement apartment with a broken elevator.
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The Principal's New Clothes

By Stephanie Calmenson

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In this version of the Andersen tale the vain principal of P.S. 88 is persuaded by two tailors that they will make him an amazing, one-of-a-kind, suit that will be visible only to intelligent people who are good at their jobs.
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The Wolf who Cried Boy

By Bob Hartman

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Little Wolf is tired of eating lamburgers and sloppy does, but when he tricks his parents into thinking there is a boy in the woods, they could all miss a chance for a real feast.
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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

By A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka

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The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
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The Three Silly Girls Grubb

By Jon and Ann Hassett

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In this revision of the familiar tale, "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," three sisters manage to outwit Ugly-Boy Bobby who spends his time under the bridge they must cross on their way to school.
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Kate and the Beanstalk

By Mary Pope Osbourne

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In this version of the classic tale, a girl climbs to the top of a giant beanstalk, where she uses her quick wits to outsmart a giant and make her and her mother's fortune.
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Grandma Chickenlegs

By Geraldine McCaughrean

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In this variation of the traditional Baba Yaga story, a young girl must rely on the advice of her dead mother and her special doll when her wicked stepmother sends her to get a needle from Grandma Chickenlegs.
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Dusty Locks and the Three Bears

By Susan Lowell

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A Western-style retelling of the traditional tale about a little girl who finds the house of bear family and makes herself at home.
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Cinder Edna

By Ellen Jackson

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Cinderella and Cinder Edna, who live with cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, have different approaches to life; and, although each ends up with the prince of her dreams, one is a great deal happier than the other.
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Bubba the Cowboy Prince

By Helen Ketteman

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Loosely based on "Cinderella," this story is set is Texas, the fairy godmother is a cow, and the hero, named Bubba, is the stepson of a wicked rancher.
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