Writing fantastic stories for kids.

Read the following fantastic story for kids before writing ours. Prepare a plan similar to the one below. Think of the values your story will transmit, the characters and the setting.

After reading the story The Lake Princesses analyse the features of this type of writing. 

  • How do these stories begin?
  • What do these characters look like?
  • What are the typical settings in place of these stories?
  • From the point of view of grammar what structures and tenses are present in the story?
  • Now write your fantastic story for kids. Include some visual element to attract the children’s attention.

Values

You don’t achieve things by waiting for them to happen, but by actively working to bring about everything that would help these things to happen.

 

Setting

An island in a lake

 

Characters

Two princesses and a monster

The Lake Princesses

 

A short story about clever strategy to liberate oneself

Only when the wicked King and his court of wizards and fortune-tellers had been overthrown did it become known that a brave Prince was destined to liberate the Princesses from their captivity.

When the wind carried this news to the island, it filled the Princesses’ lives with hope. The youngest, who was much sweeter and more beautiful than her sister, patiently waited for her love, making small decorations from flowers and clay, and singing love songs. The older Princess, however, didn’t enjoy having to wait.

“I’ll have to do something to help the Prince rescue me. At least so he knows where I am, or he knows what the lake monster’s like.”

Determined to help the Prince, she set to work, making signal fires, building towers, digging tunnels and a thousand other things. However, the terrible lake monster always did his best to scupper her plans.

As time went on, the older sister felt increasingly uncomfortable. She knew the Prince would choose the younger sister, so she felt there wasn’t much sense in keeping waiting. From that point on, she concentrated on trying to escape from the island and the lake monster, not worrying any more about the Prince or whether he would rescue them.

Every morning she would prepare a different escape plan, but the monster would always manage to ruin it. The escape attempts went on day after day, and always ended with the monster capturing her. They became like a game of cat and mouse between the Princess and her guard. Each escape attempt was more original and ingenious than its predecessor, and each form of discovery was ever more subtle and surprising. They put so much effort and imagination into their plans that at the end of each day the Princess and the monster would spend hours chatting like friends, about how they had each prepared their strategy. And when the moon came out they would say farewell, until tomorrow, and the monster would dive back down to the watery depths.

One day, the monster bid farewell to the Princess like this:

-“Tomorrow I will allow you to go. You are a clever and brave young girl. You don’t deserve to remain imprisoned like this.”

But the following morning the Princess didn’t try to escape. She sat by the water, waiting until the monster appeared.

-“Why haven’t you gone?”

asked the monster.

“I didn’t want to leave you here all alone. It’s true that you’re scary, and you’re enormous, but you too are clever, and you deserve something better than just guarding Princesses. Why don’t you come with me?”

-“I can’t,

answered the monster, sadly

-“I can’t leave the island, I’m attached to it by a long chain. You will have to leave on your own.

The Princess approached the terrifying beast and hugged it with all her might. So tightly did she hug the monster that it broke up into a thousand pieces. And out from among those pieces appeared a slim, smiling young man, with the same intelligent expression as had had the lake monster.

And so it was that the Princesses discovered their rescuing Prince, and that he had been with them all along. They hadn’t known that for him to rescue them, first they would have to rescue him. This was only made possible thanks to the spirit and positive attitude of the older sister.

And the Prince, being the clever young man he was, was in doubt about which Princess he would choose to marry… leaving the younger sister to her songs, her beauty and her sweetness,.. ever waiting for some foolish Prince that would love a girl with so little initiative.

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10 Responses to Writing fantastic stories for kids.

  1. Silvestre Braun says:

    1) It starts with a description of the place and the Characters.
    2) The characters are waiting for a prince to rescue them or trying to escape while they are trapped in a castle that is secure by a fierce monster.
    3) The typical settings in place of these stories are A castles, the forest, a tower, the woods, a lake or an island.
    4) Although is a story for kids, it’s not so simple. The tenses change and there is used inversion in some parts.

  2. rosario segura says:

    1. Once upon a time
    2. The youngest princess was much sweeter and more beautiful than her sister. The eldest princess was positive and uglier. The prince was slim, smiling, young man and intelligent.
    3. Castle, woods, palace.
    4. Past perfect, inversion.

  3. rosario segura says:

    1. Once upon a time.
    2. The youngest princess was much sweeter and more beautiful than her eldest sister. The eldest princess was positive and uglier. The prince (who was a monster before) was slim, smiling, young man and intelligent.
    3. Castle, woods, palace.
    4. Past perfect, inversion.

  4. Francisco Lusso says:

    1) These stories always begin with the same phrase “once upon a time”…
    2) This character’s always had a task to do some are waiting for a prince to rescue them others tried to save the princess from a terrible monster and the monster kept the princesses trapped in the castle for ever.
    3) The typical settings are magic and isolated places. They transcurre in fictional places and it doesn’t say at what time exactly. We assume it happens at the Medieval era.
    The story is divided in paragraphs. we can see that the tenses are in the past structure.

  5. Maria says:

    Once upon a time..

    One of the princesses is gorgeous and young, the other one is old and intelligent. Finally, the prince was first an ugly and a monster, and then a slim young man.

    An abandon lake, a castle, an enchanted forest.

    Past simple, past continuous, past perfect and Inversion

  6. Margarita Müller says:

    1)Once upon a time
    2)The princesses: the youngest, was much sweeter and more beautiful than her sister. However, the other one was much more intelligent but less beautiful.
    The monster is described as a horrible creatured, but when he turned into prince, he was slim, smiling, young man and intelligent.
    3) In this story the setting is in an island in a lake. There can be others setting like: Casttle, woods, palace, an enchanted castle, etc..
    4) Past simple, past continous, past perfect, inversion. It is easy to understand.

  7. Juana says:

    How do these stories begin?
    The story begins with the most common introduction for a kid story: “once upon a time…”

    What do these characters look like?
    The characters are two beautiful princesses and an ugly monster

    What are the typical settings in place of these stories?
    An island in a lake

    From the point of view of grammar what structures and tenses are present in the story?
    It`s used the “to have something done” structure in many tenses

  8. Ines Galmarini says:

    How do these stories begin?

    The story begins with two princesses that were locked in a tower by a evil king and a prince was going to save them.

    What do these characters look like?

    The younger sister was prettier than the older sister, but the older sister was more intelligent. The prince was the lake monster but then he become into a human being.

    What are the typical settings in place of these stories?

    Castles, enchanted forest, medival towns, tall towers,etc.

    From the point of view of grammar what structures and tenses are present in the
    story?

    These stories are usually in the past and the point of view is usually in 3rd person omnicient.

  9. Lola Villegas says:

    1)How do these stories begin?
    These stories begin by the use of the phrase “Once upon a time…”.
    2)What do these characters look like?
    These characters look like typical characters from fantasy children stories, with beautiful princesses and a handsome and brave prince.
    3)What are the typical settings in place of these stories?
    The typical setting in place of these stories are fantastic, faraway lands, usually in the past, in the medieval times.
    4)From the point of view of grammar what structures and tenses are present in the story?
    In the story there is a great use of simple past and easy sentences. This is due to the fact that it is made for children to read, so the story has to be very easy to understand.

  10. Martina Villafañe Ibarbia says:

    1) The story begins with the phrase: Once upon a time.. That is a typical phrase for fantastic stories.
    2) The older princess: She is an intelligent girl, that is not seeking for someone to rescue them. The monster: Was clever and a terrifying beast. The younger princess: She was much sweeter and more beautiful than her sister and was seeking for someone to rescue them.
    3) Castles/Islands/Lakes/Haunted houses, etc
    4) There is a lot of Past Perfect, Past Simple and Invertion. The invertion is commonly used to make phrases rhyme.
    5)

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