Monday, August 20, 2012

Fairy Tale Riddle Poems

Carolyn & Andrea as blue fairies in 1993

I learned about cinquain poems in a Children’s Literature course this spring and had a lot of fun writing them in class. A cinquain is a five-line poem.  One easy format starts with a noun, then 2 adjectives, then 3 verbs, then a phrase, and finally a noun.

I decided to write cinquains about fairy tales and use them with my first-grade students when we have a little time at the end of reading groups.  Solving these riddle-like poems is great for critical thinking in primary grades.  Some of the words may need to be defined and discussed, though.

Fairy Tale Riddle Poems
By Janet Sobczyk, 2012ⓒ

 Guess the 15 tales from these poems & check the answers at the bottom.

1. Pea
Small, hard
Hiding, proving, sleep- stealing                                                  
From Royalty

2. Cottage
Unusual, sweet
Entices, deceives, traps                                                              
Into the oven
3. Shoe                                                                                   
Small, glass                                                                                                   
Lost, found, fits
Upon a lovely maiden

4. Queen
Vain, evil
Plots, poisons, pursues                                                            
To the dwarves’ house

5. Girl
Blond, curious
Breaks, sleeps, awakes                                                             
To a fright

6. Daughter
Beautiful, fishy
Swims, sings, deals                                                                   
To win her Prince

7. Castle
Enchanted, gloomy
Despairing, waiting, hoping                                                    
For a young lady

8. Wolf
Hungry, sneaky
Chases, disguises, awaits                                                       
Until girl with basket arrives

9. Wheel
Useful, dangerous
Pricking, sleeping, waiting                                                     
For true love’s kiss

10. Pigs
Happy, builders
Working, running, hiding                                                        
From the wolf

11. Cobbler
Gentle, kind
Working, sewing, sleeping                                                 
During the night

12. King
Vain, foolish
Wanting, waiting, parading                                                    
Without any clothes

13. Boy
Poor, foolish
Selling, planting, climbing                                                            
To find a fortune

14. Frog
Green, enchanted
Hopping, hoping, asking                                                                             
For a kiss

15. Maiden
Carolyn & Tom as Cinderella & Prince Charming, 2001
Lonely, bored
Brushing, braiding, Waiting                                                  
To be rescued

1. The Princess and the Pea
2. Hansel and Gretel
3. Cinderella
4. Snow White
5. Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
6. The Little Mermaid
7. Beauty and the Beast
8.  Little Red Riding Hood                                                                 
9.  Sleeping Beauty
10. The 3 Little Pigs 
11.The Elves and the Shoemaker
12.The Emperor’s New Clothes
13. Jack and the Beanstalk
14. The Princess and the Frog
15. Rapunzel



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