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A musical, literary, teaching discussion full of fun with Tara Trudel
Conversations with Tara are always a load of fun -- in part because we have lots in common. I'm so excited to share this interview surrounding her first full-length album for kids: FRACTURED: FAIRY TALES REMIXED. I love how she used the musical term in the title "remix" which is what they call it when they do a new version of something usually mixed with the old -- new tempo, new genre, new instrumentation over an old base. And that's exactly what fractured fairy tales do as well: take familiar characters, problems, plots, and overlay them with new settings, new points of view, new questions, unknown bits about the characters. We see it often in picture books, so this album is a perfect complement to many of the fractured fairy tale books widely available. It also makes this album extremely versatile: perfect for story time, classroom, bedtime read-alouds, the music classroom and more! It is such. a. fun. album! Which song is her favorite? How did revision create a stronger album? What connections are there between writing songs and writing stories? Listen up! Then check out all the links, resources, reading, writing, teaching and musicking tips, writing prompts and more below. Be sure to leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST by Aug. 30 at 11:59 PM EST to be entered in the drawing for a brand new book by Jessica Kulekjian, illustrated by Zoe Si, with another fun song by Tara Trudel.
Fractured: Fairy Tales REmixed by Tara Trudel
This delightful album for kids is sure to create some curiosity, spark some questions, and inspire some stories in kids and adults of all ages. It's a great complement to many fractured fairy tale stories and books that are available, and creates perfect opportunities for anyone to create their own version of some of these stories, to consider alternate points-of-view, to compare and contrast characters and plot, and lots more! Tara has found clever ways to re-explore these familiar stories and characters. Check out the YouTube playlist and the Pinterest board for lots of resources to help you use this book with your homeschool, story time, classroom, music class, summer camp, and so much more. Also, links below for where to listen to the full album and to enjoy Tara's other music as well. There are some real earworms on the album, too. So don't be surprised if you find yourself singing some of these refrains over and over in your mind. For me, "once upon a time -- whoo-oo" keeps replaying. Let us know in the comments which song or phrase stood out to you.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
Not only is this the opener for the album that sets the stage -- literally. It's also the earworm that has been replaying in my head. (Consider yourself forewarned ;-)). It's perfect for the classroom, great for a discussion about whether or not narrators are reliable, point of view, and what questions do storytellers leave unanswered. It also reinforces some of the hallmarks of fairy tales with "Once upon a time" and "happily ever after" Parents, your kiddos are going to want to put this one on repeat. But don't stop here. . . go enjoy the whole album.
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
I wish I'd had this album last year, as it would have fit in beautifully with my yearly theme in the music room: Nursery Rhymes, Folk Tales, and Fairy Tales. I planned lots of lessons, programs, and activities around this theme throughout the year. This album would have been a perfect addition. (See the links section for some of the pieces I used for lessons and programming for my programs and last year's theme.)
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
So many writing opportunities:
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
YouTube playlist PBJamz Fractured Fairy Tales Remixed
YouTube playlist I used for my second grade program "Happily Ever AFter" -- full of fairy tale connections you could use in conjunction with stories and Tara's album for music lessons, programs or more.
YouTube playlist I used for first grade's program "A Tale of Threes" -- these are songs about the number three, the Three Bears, the Three Billy Goats Gruff,
The Three Little Pigs, Three Blind Mice, etc.
Pinterest Board: PBJAMZ FRACTURED FAIRY TALES REMIXED
Pinterest Board: Fairy Tales
Pinterest Board: Music Fairy Tales (songs and music activities related to fairy tales)
PBJamz Snack --
Well, if we're talking fairy tales, there's gotta be an apple, right? Check out this tasty lower-in-carbs PBJ snack. This one is for sure not poisonous! So you can enjoy it without worrying about being put into a glass case or being gawked at by seven dwarves. Get the recipe here or use your imagination ;-) Find lots more sweet (and savory) recipes at One Sweet Appetite (www.onesweetappetite.com).
Guest Links and Giveaways
Use the links below to follow and support Tara and her music.
Tara's social media
For her music:
Shout-out on her socials if you love her music or send her a message via her website to let her know you are enjoying it. Share it with friends who would love it too. Check out all her other music at the music sites linked above. Listen and purchase from your favorite music site.
Tara is generously offering a pre-order of KABOOM: A VOLCANO ERUPTS by Jessica Kulekjian and Zoe Si, for which Tara also wrote a song! To be eligible for the giveaway, leave a comment below by Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST A winner will be drawn at random from the comments, with winner receiving a free copy of KABOOM by mail when it is released on Sept. 5.
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