One of my favourite childhood memories is when my Dad would tuck me into bed and tell me a story, without a book. I thought it was amazing that he knew the story of The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears off by heart. Little did I know then, its because they are classic books that I think most adults could recite. Fairytales are a big part of most children’s childhood, and I was excited to hear about Plusnet’s new Once Upon A Time Online stories, read by the brilliant Larry Lamb.
They’ve adapted three classic fairytales, that we all love, to suit the younger generation.
The girls loved watching their favourite fairytales, which have been tailored to a younger generation. In the classic Cinderella story, the fairy godmother phones Cinderella, and this didn’t phase Alice, its how she expects people to communicate. She was also very excited that Cinderella wanted to be a singing superstar!
If you want to watch Larry Lamb read the tales with your family, they can be found here to enjoy- plus.net/onceuponatimeonline
It was a lovely way to bring us together as a family, and chat about the stories. The girls were then asked if they could change the ending to any Fairytale, so that it had an happy ending and draw it. What would it be and why?
I’ll be honest with you, I thought they might need a bit of help to come up with an answer and know what to draw. But they both surprised me and immediately knew what they were going to do.
Alice said that she would change Cinderella, so that the sisters were kind to each other and loved each other. Just like her and Holly do. Which is just the sweetest thing ever, and a very typical Alice thing to say.
Holly loves Little Red Riding Hood and wanted to draw her, with Grandma safely in her house and no big bad wolf.
Holly loves stickers and once she had drawn her picture. She decided that there would be unicorns in the woods and lots of clouds and rainbows. Her favourite thing ever! I love her finished picture, definitely a much happier ending.
Holly was very excited when we then listened to the Little Red Riding Hood story by Larry Lamb and discovered that in this adapted story the wolf was a goodie, just like in her drawing. She thinks they got the idea from her, which is so cute 🙂
I liked how it flicked from seeing Larry Lamb reading the story, to images from the story. Seeing Little Red Riding Hood FaceTime her granny!
I think Plusnet have done a great job of bringing classics that we love to a digital era. Making them fun for children and adults. Larry Lamb is a great storyteller and there were lots of references to his past work. There were plenty of modern technologies and social media included in the stories.
It can be hard as parents to get the balance right for children having screen time and I think the Plusnet Online stories is a great way for modern families to include both screen time and story time. A chance as a family to sit down and enjoy the stories together, even on a busy day.
Disclosure: This is a paid partnership with Plusnet. All views, opinions and photos are my own.