Identify the features and structures of “The Family of Little Feet” that are similar to and different from a fairy tale, and how this impacts meaning.
Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros pp. 39 – 55 — focus on “The Family of Little Feet"
Read the conversation between Rachel and the “bum man.” How is this scene similar to a fairy tale? How is it different? Support your answer with evidence from the text.
What are the features of a fairytale? What is the general structure of a fairytale? Come up with as many ideas as you can.
Who are fairy tales for?
Read page 40 carefully. What elements does Cisneros include that remind the reader of a fairy tale? Provide at least two different examples from the text.
How do the girls’ feelings about the shoes change over the course of the vignette? Do the shoes retain their “magic” as the story progresses? Provide two pieces of evidence from the text.
Discussion: Some people believe that fairy tales give children an unrealistic idea of the world and should not be read. Why do you think people feel this way? Do you agree with this?