15199Re: [mythsoc] 4, 5 & 6 graders...suggestions for short stories?
- Jul 2, 2005On Fri, Jul 01, 2005 at 01:42:26PM -0700, lezlie1@... wrote:
> Lloyd Alexander is definately on the list. Although, I want to stick withWe have a volume of short stories by Lloyd Alexander entitled _The Foundling_.
> shorts, it's only a three week class.
I'm not sure it's his best work, but it's certainly not bad.
George MacDonald has some short stories that might be appropriate. The older
language might be a little tougher for some kids, but it'd be good for them,
too ;) I recommend _The Light Princess_, which has been printed alone with
illustrations by Maurice Sendak, and there's also a Puffin volume of about a
dozen of his fairy tales.
Patricia McKillip has a novella called _The Throme of the Errill of Sherrill_
which was published with a short story called _The Harrowing of the Dragon
of Hoarsbreath_, and I've read them to my kids with pretty good effect. She
also has a novella _The Changeling Sea_ which would be appropriate for kids.
Tolkien's _Smith of Wootton Major_ would be a good choice, I think, if _The
Hobbit_ is too long. And you should have them read at least an excerpt from
the Narnia books.
Those are the things I can think of off the top of my head. I'd also look at
http://www.mythsoc.org/MFAnoms.html which is the list of past Mythopoeic
Fantasy Awards and nominations. Patricia Wrede and Jane Yolen are two authors
from that list that I'd recommend.
I'd love to hear what you come up with for a syllabus.
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