H's nursery school class does a lot of storytelling/acting where one kid tells a story that the teacher transcribes and then they all act it out. This is H's latest fable:
Once upon a time there was a castle and it had one princess. And there were eight fairies and one guard. The guard guarded the castle because he is a guard [seems logical]. And there was a evil sea witch [presumably inspired by our recent reading of the Little Mermaid] but she is not going to be that scary. The witch got into the castle. The guard did not see her going in. The fairy touched the witch with her magic wand and poof! the witch went back to her castle. Then the fairies pushed the guard back to where he is supposed to stand [unclear why this guard is still employed by the monarchy given his ineptitude]. And then the princess sitting in her little princess room took a nap [H's imaginary games almost always involve naps]. Then the evil sea witch got on an evil sea witch computer and it didn't say anything so she couldn't have a plan. And she poofed! by her own magic and was in front of the guard and the guard shot her and she was NO MORE! [wait, what?!] The end.
H played the princess. He gets quite miffed when his girl friends don't let him play the girl parts in their various games. No gender stereotyping in this family.
Acting it out again at home this weekend: