From Cinderella to The Three Little Pigs, Sleeping Beauty to Rapunzel, fairy tales and nursery rhymes have been a beloved part of literature throughout history — just ask any kid from 3 to 93. While most of us know the stories by heart — from “once upon a time” to “happily ever after” — have you ever stopped to wonder what would happen if the literary world went wonky for a day and all the fairy tales got mixed up?
Imagine the misadventures that would have unfolded if the three little pigs went into the home construction business with the three blind mice. Instead of pushing a witch into the oven, what if Hansel and Gretel had pushed in Cinderella’s carriage pumpkin and pulled out a prize-winning pie? Would the Big Bad Wolf have been so bad if he turned out to be a vegetarian all along?
With just one little edit, suddenly a classic tale has the power to tell a very different story.
You don’t have to be Hans Christian Andersen, the renowned writer of fairy tales, to add a fresh burst of pixie dust to a favorite fable. The next time you and your child find yourselves stuck indoors on a rainy afternoon, choose a treasured tale, hop down the rabbit hole and let this imagination inspiration be your guide to rewriting.