At Dalton we do a major study of Cinderella that culminates with the children writing their own stories. This year, after meeting him last summer, I invited Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark and Grimm (a book I’ve already raved about here and elsewhere) to come and work with the classes on these stories in January. I began reading the book aloud in September and last week when I introduced the unit by asking “What is a fairy tale?” the children’s answers (in the comments) made it evident that it had made a very strong impression. On Monday instead of my reading the last chapter to my class Adam did. You can see a video of Adam reading and interacting with the kids (and he learned all their names in about two seconds!) here. Not only does it show what a charismatic individual Adam is, but it also shows how strongly the book resonates with this age group. I can’t wait for him to return to work with my students on their stories!