iPod fairy tales 2.0


Why are kids’ stories so outdated?

I have a five year old son who is VERY technology savvy (His second word was ‘Gagga’ – which turns out to be ‘Google’!!).

I was reading Jack and the beanstalk to him – and in it he encountered a harp .

What is a harp? He wanted to know?

I told him it is a musical instrument.

I tried to elaborate. I said – ‘Music plays from it’ .

He thought for a minute – and his face brightened as he asked Like the ipod?

Well .. Yes .. I said. Of course he is very familiar with the ipod, but has no clue what a Harp is.

After hunting for a harp for a long time .. he suggested that maybe we can find it on Google images? And there we found one!

The point illustrates a key trend .. If anything needs a 2.0 version, it is fairy tales!

The wording of Jack and the Beanstalk reads as follows!

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!??

I smell the blood of an Englishman.

Be he ‘live, or be he dead,

I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.

Just how do we explain this wording to a five year old? Who by the way happens to be an ‘Englishman’ at birth(unlike me who is a naturalised British citizen).

Give me fairy tales about the iPod any day!

Image source: http://blog.collectables-now.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/harp.jpg