Over the next several months, we will be updating our Storytime themes on various countries around the world. The 2020 CLSP Reads summer reading theme “Imagine Your Story” will focus on fairy tales and myths from all cultures, so having storytimes on countries can go along with that theme. Of course, focusing on countries is good anytime, as a way to celebrate the wide variety of people in the United States who immigrated from somewhere else. This month, we will celebrate Denmark, home of Hans Christian Andersen; for a craft project, let the children make things out of Legos, which were invented in Denmark. Or, make these paper plate trolls: www.dltk-kids.com/fantasy/mplate-troll.htm .
Andersen, Hans Christian. The Emperor’s New Clothes. Illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton. An emperor is swindled into paying for invisible clothes in this tale of honesty.
Brett, Jan. Hedgie’s Surprise. A hedgehog helps a hen thwart the troll who is eating the hen’s eggs.
MacDonald, Margaret Reid. Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale. A cat swallows various people and animals in this funny cumulative tale.
Pinkney, Jerry. The Ugly Duckling. A young bird is teased for his looks but grows up to be a beautiful swan.
Stevens, Janet. The Princess and the Pea. In this humorous retelling of Andersen’s tale, a princess visits a kingdom to marry the prince – if she can pass the queen’s test. Y
olen, Jane. Sister Bear: A Norse Tale. Trolls invades a man’s home until a girl and her pet bear scare them away.