Snail Tales Assembly: Limerick Folk Tale Challenge

First released: Thursday 26th April 2018

On the 12th of May every year,
We celebrate Edward Lear.
His poeticism
Was full of a rhythm
We're ready to share with you here!
Mark Limerick Day with some witty 5-line fairy tales...

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Storytelling Assemblies On Demand are every Thursday of term time. Share them with all the children in your school using your hall's projector, or in the classroom with an interactive whiteboard.


Suitable for all ages from EYFS to KS2.


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Guess the Fairy Tale
  from the Limerick...

A prince who had thought his love true

Lamented, "Oh what shall I do?

I asked her to stay

But she just ran away

And all I have left is her shoe!"

There once was a sweet little man

Who feared being eaten and ran.

He made a mistake

When he came to a lake

And asked Fox, "Swim as fast as you can!"

A girl who had long golden hair

Found a cottage and broke a small chair.

She started to snore

Then woke up and saw

Three creatures – which gave her a scare!

A girl got a nasty surprise

When the teeth of her gran grew in size!

She started to stutter

And called a woodcutter

Who made some delicious wolf pies.

A boy who was fond of his greens

Traded his cow for some beans.

His angry mum shouted,

But when the beans sprouted

It led to gargantuan scenes!

A monster made everyone wince –

With his claws he could turn you to mince!

But a girl fair of feature

Showed love to the creature,

Transforming him into a prince.

I've a similar story to tell

'Bout a princess who played near a well:

Along came a frog

Who asked her for a snog

To unravel a mystical spell.

There once was a princess who said,

"I have such a pain in my head!

My front and my back

Are all bruised blue and black

Because of this lump in my bed!"

Two kids found a house made of cake

Where a witch wished to eat them like steak!

Her heart had no love in –

But she fell in the oven,

And the kids turned the settings to bake!

A troll met a goat who was trickier

And said his big brother was lickier.

The troll found the latter

Both bigger and fatter,

But also alarmingly kickier!

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