Hansel and Gretel
has been a fairy tale read to children for hundreds of years. Now, it
has been recreated in a full-length novel, set in modern times. Eeek!
This could be YOUR neighborhood! The witch could be YOUR neighbor! Sol
and Connie have replaced Hansel and Gretel who lived happily ever after.
Will Sol and Connie be clever enough to stay out of the oven?
How will Sol use his scientific intellect to outwit the evil witch?
How does a dog become a central part of the story?
Will their dim-witted daddy and evil stepmother finally get what is coming
Where did all these other witchy side-kicks come from? Aren't Sol and
Connie going to be outnumbered?
They'll need a cheering section to see them through this time!
Where are the police when you need them, you ask? (Check their i.d. for
The awesome Kids'
Wings literature guide invites group discussion, prediction, drama, problem-solving,
and skill building. Teachers who want students to introduce students to
fairy tale literary spin-offs, (albeit with a cannibalistic twist) will
want make this novel part of their classroom libraries.
The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Vocabulary List and Activities
Making Connections: Quick Writes and Pre/Post Reading Discussion
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Visualizing the Story Activities
Having Fun with Riddles
Let's Write Riddles
Recalling and Writing about Character Emotions
Research the Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales
A special thanks to composer and
Fosseli for generously allowing us to use his original music soundtrack
of "Fearkeep" as our background music
has created outstanding activities for each novel, units which provide
the latest in integrated curriculum.
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