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MIRROR ONLINE, FEBRUARY 3, 2019
COVERAGE FOR RORY’S STORY CUBES

Over two thirds of children have NEVER heard of classic fairytales

  • Two thirds of parents admit their children have never heard of the classics from their own childhoods

Fairytales are dying out, with two-thirds of parents admitting their children have never heard of many classics.

Half of them have not been read The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning and Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen were next on the list of unfamiliar stories.

Youngsters were also unaware of the Brothers Grimm tales of Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, along with Puss in Boots, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and others beloved of past generations.

Three in 10 parents admit their children believe Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast are Disney films, not Charles Perrault books.

And more than half of adults do not tell their primary school children stories every night, with TVs, tablets and smartphones acting as replacements. A fifth said they find it impossible to wing telling stories.

But nearly four in 10 parents and a similar amount of children say that bedtime tales are a joy.

Ben Hogg for storytelling aid Rory’s Story Cubes, behind the poll of parents with under-10s, said: “Story time should never be lost.”

Ex-Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen added: “Children benefit hugely. Their minds figure out character, plot, motives and what’s fair.”