Today's lesson is all about The Snow Queen, which tells you just how bad things can get if you break a mirror. We've covered all of ours in bubble wrap. It's really hard to use them now, but hey, our luck has been better than ever.
|4th Grade||Language Arts|
|Elementary and Middle School||4th Grade|
no further than Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Snow Queen."
It all starts with a giant mirror that distorts everything it reflects, making anything good
and beautiful seem ugly. [Mirror insults a guy stood in front of it]
So…y'know, not the greatest bathroom mirror. [Girl looks in the mirror and there is a monster]
This mirror ends up shattering, sending a crazy amount of tiny pieces all over the place. [The mirror falls off the wall and smashes]
Unfortunately for a little boy named Kay, he ends up getting one shard in his eye and [Piece of mirror hits Kay in the eye]
one in his heart.
And unfortunately for his friend Gerda, these little shards of the evil mirror turn him [Kay looks insults Gerdo with the two pieces of mirror stuck in him]
into a real jerk.
Perhaps even more unfortunately, Kay ends up getting kidnapped by the Snow Queen.
Man, that Hans Christian Andersen really liked to give his characters a hard time. [Kay is dragged away by the Snow Queen]
Despite the fact that Kay was being a big ol' meanie, Gerda tries to find him.
She gets a tip from a crow that Kay is the new prince in the princess's palace… [Gerda talking to a crow]
…but when she gets there, it turns out the new prince just kinda looks like Kay. [Gerda looks upset]
Bad information from an animal that literally has a bird brain.
The princess gives Gerda warm clothes and a carriage for her journey, but just when [The princess gives Gerda a winter jacket]
things are looking up…
…Gerda gets captured by robbers, who bring her to their castle.
Well…at least she's getting to see plenty of good architecture on her trip. [Gerda admiring the castle]
Another stroke of luck comes in the form of a little robber girl.
She and Gerda become buds…
…and the robber girl's doves pass along some info about Kay… [The robber girl with a dove on her head]
We guess these birdbrains studied a little harder than the crows.
The doves saw the Snow Queen carrying him off towards Lapland. [The Snow Queen carrying Kay away]
It turns out this castle has no shortage of chatty animals: a reindeer captured by the
robbers is from Lapland, so he shows them how to get there. [Reindeer giving directions]
And with that, the robber girl frees Gerda and the reindeer, proving she's a great friend…
…but maybe not a great robber.
C'mon, who wouldn't claim the talking reindeer as their new best friend?
When Gerda finally finds Kay in the Snow Queen's palace, he's almost frozen. [Kay trapped in ice]
C'mon, did you think that the Snow Queen would be cranking up the heat in her pad? [The Snow Queen in front of lava]
Gerda kisses Kay and cries, and her tears clear the splinter from Kay's heart… [Gerda crying]
…which makes him cry, clearing the splinter out of his eye. [The splinter drops out his heart and then his eye]
Man, all of this could've been solved with just a bottle of Visine… [Boy holding a bottle of eye drops]
Anyway, the reindeer takes them home, thus ending one of the longest stories ever caused [Gerda and Kay sat on the reindeer]
by a broken mirror.
Seriously, most broken mirrors just require a few minutes with a broom and a dustpan… [Man sweeping up a broken mirror]
…We guess that's not great material for a fairy tale.