Letter from Mrs Lawrence
Dear Year 6,
Thank you for your fantastic letters recommending stories to include in the anthology. You make some very good points relating to each story. I am just making a final decision as to what stories I will include and then I will inform you of my choices.
This, however, is not the main reason for me writing to you today. Sadly Miss Waters and I have had a disagreement around the inclusion of Rumpelstiltskin and as this is your anthology we thought you may be able to resolve it.
Miss Waters thinks that Rumpelstiltskin is far too scary for small children to read and that it would give children nightmares. I, on the other hand, think that Rumpelstiltskin tearing himself apart is obviously fictional and the children will see the amusing side to it.
For me, the moral of the story is clear. I think Rumpelstiltskin very clearly shows children that greediness is not a good thing and can only lead to heartbreak whereas Miss Waters feels that because the king does not get punished in the end that the children will not learn the lesson.
Finally, we both believe that every story should have a baddie in it but that there is some confusion over who the baddie is in this story. I would have to agree with Miss Waters that it is quite discombobulating for an adult to recognise let alone a child. What are your thoughts? Who do you think is the bad character?
Thank you for taking the time to consider our conundrum. We look forward to hearing your thoughts as we know they will have the best interests of our young children at the source.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Mrs Lawrence?