The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

About the Book…

If your kid is as obsessed with fairy tales as my two are, then they should love The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer.  We read this book for the first meeting of the Rapid Readers group for my younger daughter and her friends (Grades 6 & 7) in September.

 What We Did…

I set the scene with fairy tale-inspired snacks including ‘straw’ carrots, ‘twig’ pretzels, ‘brick’ cheese (3 Little Pigs), apples (Snow White) and edamame beans (Jack and the Beanstalk).

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The Educator’s Guide from Little, Brown and Company included comprehension questions by chapter and great extension activities such as designing a game based on the fantastical Land of Stories.  Knowing our 90 minutes would fly by after sharing our own stories of summer vacation, I opted to discuss the book in general terms.  All of the Rapid Readers loved the book and many had already read the next in the series.  Comparing our favourite scenes and characters (we especially loved the fierce Goldilocks) took up a good part of an hour.  We then moved onto a trivia quiz using headlines to guess the fable/fairytale and a word find.  I always try to combine activities that require knowledge of the book and ones that don’t just in case one or more members weren’t able to finish the book.  That way everyone is engaged during the meeting.

EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE: 

The Land of Stories Educator Guide

Fabled Headlines Game – Play Fun Trivia Quiz

Land of Stories Word find

Land of Stories Word find Answer

In Conclusion…

The Land of Stories was a great book to start of the Rapid Readers Bookclub because there was something that appealed to everyone.  Combining all the fairytale stories into one land provides a complexity for the more advanced readers while the lightheartedness of  the fairytales themselves engaged even the more reluctant readers in the group.  It was a fun start to what is sure to be a year of more great reads to come!

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