The Twelve Brothers

Flowers and ravens

Flowers and ravens

“…As the young men pushed open the gate, she picked the twelve flowers. With each snip one young man after the other rose up from the garden, arms turning to great black wings, noses to beaks, legs to claws – a great flock of ravens. They flew into the air, wheeled round and disappeared over the forest. That was not all that disappeared either…”

The latest fairy tale has been quite a challenge! The basic story from the Brothers Grimm is grim indeed.

Pip Harrison, New Zealand writer, has rewritten the tale as a scary campfire story for older children, or to be read aloud (if suitable for your group). The simpler versions:

  • with symbols
  • at a lower reading level
  • as sequencing cards                are less challenging in content.

A new activity has been included with this story: tessellations to talk about, colour, or cut and reassemble.

The link is on the right under Traditional Tales. Constructive comments are welcome either in Resources when you have downloaded the stories from TES and used them with your group, or by a message direct to me there. If you do not get your resources from TES, you can find the ‘long and short of it’ versions  here.

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