Your child should be familiar with many of the following at the end of the third grade, through books he has read and stories you have read:

  • The Boy Who Cried Wolf-Aesop fable
  • The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg-Aesop fable
  • The Ugly Duckling-Hans Christian Andersen story
  • “God bless us, everyone!”-Tiny Tim’s prayer in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
  • Babe the Blue Ox-Paul Bunyan’s companion
  • “Open, Sesame”-Aii Baba’s magical password in Arabian Nights Tale
  • The Yellow Brick Road-path to the Emerald City in Oz
  • Anansi the Spider-trickster of African folktales
  • Goldilocks-little girl who explored the Three Bears’ house
  • The Boy and the Dike-stuck his finger in a hole to keep back the sea
  • Christopher Robin-Winnie-the-Pooh’s owner in A A Milne tales
  • Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit-animal foes in Uncle Remus stories
  • “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. “-Golden Rule
  • King Midas-greedy king with the golden touch
  • Zeus and Hera- also known as Jupiter and Juno; king and queen of the Greek and Roman gods
  • Unicorn- a mythical horselike beast with a single horn on the forehead
  • Trolls-mythical dwarves who live in caves or under bridges
  • William Tell-Swiss archer who shot an apple off his son’s head
  • Pocahontas-Indian maiden who saved Captain John Smith
  • Noah’s Ark-carried the animals in the biblical flood
  • Glass slipper-footwear Cinderella wore at the ball
  • The Owl and the Pussycat-sea-goers of Edward Lear’s poem
  • “But he’s wearing no clothes!”-observation of the child in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
  • Sherwood Forest-Robin Hood’s home

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