When you find a book that you love you hold onto it tight and lovingly share it with all you can. This is how I feel about my Once Upon a Golden Apple storybook. I know I’ve had this book for a while as it has my maiden name crossed out in the front cover. That makes this precious treasure at least 15 years old as we will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary next month. This book excited me from the get-go. The title sparked my interest as well as the ornate decorations on the cover. Inside it just gets better and better. The story starts off with a father reading a story to his three children. Once upon a …. (While you’re reading keep an eye on that little dog!)
The father mixes up the story and the children yell, “No, no, no!” to his mixed up utterings. They’re adamant that he is wrong and correct his story until he gets it right. In the father’s version Snow White lives with the three bears and the princess kisses the cow with the crumpled horn. The prince tells the princess he’ll huff and he’ll puff and he’ll blow her house down. When I read the story to the children they loved it as much as I did. They were indignant at the messed up bits in the story. “It’s Snow White and the SEVEN DWARVES, not the three bears!” they’d yell. It made the book truly interactive. They laughed and laughed at the prince yelling, “Off with her head!” They loved the end when it said they lived at the end of a rainbow and instead of the children saying no they said, “Well…. maybe.”
This page however has to be my very favourite page. This is when the princess kisses the frog. I love the expression on the frog’s face and I can empathise with exactly how the mother is feeling!
Have you been watching that little dog? I love to tell the children that there are two stories going on in this book but there are no words for the second story. It’s told simply through pictures. Then we go back through the story and watch the story of the little dog and the picnic basket. Here’s the final page showing you the ending of both stories.