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I just love these stories so much, you're getting more of them.

First, an enigmatic little vignette entitled The Clown and the Whale:

"Strippy, what do you think you're doing with that sword against me?"
"I am fighting! What do you think I am doing?"
There was a gorge, which had the water beneath it. A rope was thrown to a person that fell. He saved him from the whale.

Next, Jack and the Beanstalk:

Once upon a time there was a boy called Jack. He was walking along when he saw a lad who gave him some magic beans. The minute his mother saw the magic beans she threw them out the window. The next morning, Jack saw a big beanstalk growing out of the ground - taller than a tree, taller than the clouds. And he began to climb. When he finished climbing he was in the land of the clouds. And he saw a castle. He got a hoard of money and climbed down with the giant running after him. And he ran down, asking his mother for an axe. The giant fell to the ground. They tied him up in ropes, and they all lived happily ever after.

And finally, Sleeping Beauty:

Once upon a time there was a little girl who was being born with six fairies coming to her party, when the door cracked open and a bad fairy came inside. All of the presents were given except one. The evil fairy said that when her fifteenth birthday happened, she would get a spindle, prick her finger and die. The sixth fairy came out of her hiding place. "She will not die. She will only fall into a sleep for a hundred years." And sure enough, when she was fifteen, she was exploring the castle when she saw a woman with a spindle. She said, "Can I have a go?" because she didn't know that the woman was the fairy in disguise. She got the spindle and fell into a deep sleep. When a hundred years had passed a young prince chopped through the branches to the palace. He kissed the princess, and they all lived happily ever after.

What I find interesting about these is that we don't actually read fairy tales to the Oyster that often. I'm not sure where he's picked up the detail in these ones. Of course, some crucial details have escaped him in the case of Jack and the Beanstalk (he added the ropes at the end of the story, because he was worried about what would happen when the giant woke up - he doesn't really do death). But he clearly has some understanding of fairy tale structure and narrative conventions.

I'm thinking CBeebies has a lot to do with it, actually, which is kind of fascinating from the point of view of cultural transmission.


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