Fairytale Prompt #20

I have always enjoyed this quote……

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”― Albert Einstein

Come up with a fairytale you would write for  your own child or grandchild. Remember, fairytales were first an oral story to cause people to heed warnings or learn a lesson.

For example The Pied Piper was a story written about a town overrun with rats. A man in comes and offers to use his pipe and lead the rats away. When he is done, he returns to collect his payment but the town refuses to pay. The man then takes his pipe and lures all the children away. In one tale he takes them to a cave until the town pays but in another….well he marches them to a river and allows them to drown.

How would you write a fairytale to cause your own children to stop, think and learn about something bad in this world?

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  1. Anja — I grew up with cautionary tales — not always of the fairytale kind. If I dig deep, I might remember one that was more fairish. Great prompt.

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