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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?

About Anja

“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” – Charles Mingus

12 comments on “Fairytale Prompt #20

  1. mindlovemisery
    August 8, 2014

    Excellent prompt Anja and I love the image!

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  2. arushiahuja
    August 8, 2014

    Hi anja… lovely prompt but it seems Mr. Linky is on a holiday?

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    • Anja
      August 8, 2014

      Hahahaha along with my mind. I will add Mr Linky when I get home in about 4 hours. Oops and thank you

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  3. phylor
    August 8, 2014

    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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    • Anja
      August 9, 2014

      Doesn’t have to be fairish 🙂

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      • phylor
        August 9, 2014

        I remembered a short rhyme with a cryptical meaning for a child, and an adult. Think I’ll base it on that, and try to be more flash fictionish.

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