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See free resources for parents and educators to teach kids about social justice and racial equality. Skip to Content. Readers will learn the roots of some classic fairy tales. One of Alex's pet peeves is the modern tendency to sugar-coat the fairy-tale stories and radically change them, adding cuteness, sunshine, and butterflies and losing whatever lesson the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen were trying to teach.
The twins here learn and apply the fairy tales' lessons in their quest. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell offers strong messages about how family members love and support one another, despite their differences, and how those differences and special qualities help the kids confront new situations.
Different characters come to the rescue in unexpected and ingenious ways. Conner and Alex are believable kids with their own strengths and weaknesses and positive role models in their support of each other, as well as in the bravery and creativity with which they solve problems. Their mother's and grandmother's strong, loving support and their late father's bond with his children are solid and sustaining. Characters they meet along the way, notably Froggy the giant spellbound amphibian who comes to their rescue , also show courage and helpfulness.
The kids are sometimes in peril, comic and otherwise, in encounters with assorted monsters and villains, including wolves, trolls, and the Evil Queen and her henchmen. While the kids don't suffer any real harm, many of their enemies come to a violent end in mishaps or combat. Twins Alex and Conner are transported to the world of fairy tales, in which they meet such characters as Goldilocks, Cinderella, and Snow White, all living new lives and playing a role in helping the kids get home.
There's some fleeting danger to the kids at the hands of assorted villains, from wolves to the Evil Queen, and a number of wicked characters come to a violent but not graphically described end.
There are a few a few instances of mild flirting. The audiobook is narrated by author-actor Colfer. Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. Join now. Add your rating See all 15 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 61 kid reviews. Life has been hard for brainiac social outcast Alex and popular slacker Conner Bailey, sixth-grade twins, since the death of their beloved father.
They've lost their home, and their mother has to work long hours to support them. Their grandmother visits when she can and leaves granddaughter Alex the family's heirloom book of fairy tales. One day, Alex and Conner fall into a scene in the book and find themselves in the land of fairy tales. The landscape is strangely familiar from their father's stories, but they must deal with a giant frog, trolls, and wolves, as well as many princes, princesses, heroes, and villains, in their quest to get home again.
There are also revelations about well-known characters and how they're coping with their lives -- for example, it wasn't so easy for Cinderella, as a non-princess, to fit in at the palace, and there's a romantic tragedy in the Evil Queen's past. Books that imagine fairy-tale characters outside the bounds of their own traditional stories are popular these days; The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and Storybound come to mind.
Families can talk about why authors keep returning to the characters in fairy tales for new stories. What makes them so compelling? What do you think of the situations that Colfer places his fairy-tale characters in after their happily-ever-after endings? Are they believable? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
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Learn how we rate. Parents' Ultimate Guide to Support our work! Parents recommend Popular with kids. Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world. Chris Colfer Fairy Tale Rate book. Read or buy. Based on 15 reviews. Based on 61 reviews. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options A lot or a little?
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Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Parent Written by rosiegirl November 27, Skip it.
It is true that books that take a new look at characters are popular these days. But this is not a well written one. Report this review. Adult Written by BlackSheep April 20, Kid, 12 years old June 9, Ok so I admit I only started reading this book because Chris Colfer wrote itbut i knew that meant it was going to be good.
However it was better then i expecte Continue reading. Teen, 13 years old Written by guineagirl June 8, Enjoyed the humor and the characters! What's the story? Continue reading Show less. Is it any good? Talk to your kids about If a fairy tale is supposed to teach a lesson, what lesson do you think this one teaches?
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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell : Book 1
Alex and Conner have been through a lot in their almost 12 years. Their dad died recently, and he used to tell the most amazing fairy tales about other worlds where animals could talk and you could be anyone you want. When the twins receive a special family fairytale book, they have no clue what powers it holds. One day, they enter the book to the Land of Stories: home to every known fairytale character, the good and the bad. They hear about the wishing spell, where you collect together seven items which symbolize some of our most loved fairy tales.
The Wishing Spell
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Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change.
The Land of Stories is a series of children's fiction , adventure and fantasy books written by American author, actor and singer Chris Colfer. The first book, The Wishing Spell , was released on July 17, The sixth and final book was published in July During a live video chat, Colfer said that he is working on a prequel series. The first book in the series, The Wishing Spell was published on July 17, A year and 9 months have gone by since twins Alex and Conner Bailey suffered the tragic loss of their father.
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