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Relive the magic of classic fairy tales in this beautifully illustrated edition. For centuries fantastical stories of witches, giants, princesses, talking animals, and magical kingdoms have been passed from generation to generation. Many of the fairy tales we are most familiar with today have their roots in this oral tradition of storytelling. The World Treasury of Fairy Tal Relive the magic of classic fairy tales in this beautifully illustrated edition. For centuries fantastical stories of witches, giants, princesses, talking animals, and magical kingdoms have been passed from generation to generation. Many of the fairy tales we are most familiar with today have their roots in this oral tradition of storytelling. The World Treasury of Fairy Tales and Folklore is a stunning collection of fairy tales organized by date of printing. From tales of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries (Little Red Riding Hood, Fair Goldilocks, Beauty and the Beast), to familiar tales collected by The Brothers Grimm in the 19th century (The Frog King, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White), to some lesser-known tales and stories from outside Europe, this book showcases a broad range of examples from this extraordinary genre. Tales are compiled and introduced by leading academics in the field, adding to a deeper understanding of beloved stories. This beautifully illustrated collection of fairy tales and folklore is an essential addition to all family libraries.


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Relive the magic of classic fairy tales in this beautifully illustrated edition. For centuries fantastical stories of witches, giants, princesses, talking animals, and magical kingdoms have been passed from generation to generation. Many of the fairy tales we are most familiar with today have their roots in this oral tradition of storytelling. The World Treasury of Fairy Tal Relive the magic of classic fairy tales in this beautifully illustrated edition. For centuries fantastical stories of witches, giants, princesses, talking animals, and magical kingdoms have been passed from generation to generation. Many of the fairy tales we are most familiar with today have their roots in this oral tradition of storytelling. The World Treasury of Fairy Tales and Folklore is a stunning collection of fairy tales organized by date of printing. From tales of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries (Little Red Riding Hood, Fair Goldilocks, Beauty and the Beast), to familiar tales collected by The Brothers Grimm in the 19th century (The Frog King, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White), to some lesser-known tales and stories from outside Europe, this book showcases a broad range of examples from this extraordinary genre. Tales are compiled and introduced by leading academics in the field, adding to a deeper understanding of beloved stories. This beautifully illustrated collection of fairy tales and folklore is an essential addition to all family libraries.

57 review for The World Treasury of Fairy Tales & Folklore: A Family Heirloom of Stories to Inspire & Entertain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is a beautiful book, and amongst the ranks of available fairy tale collections, it manages to distinguish itself in several ways. Most notably, the stories in this collection are taken almost exclusively from known authors, and they are arranged chronologically by the century in which they were written down or published by a collector of fairy tales. This adds an interesting, almost scholarly aspect to the book, which is amplified by the brief but consistently interesting historical summary This is a beautiful book, and amongst the ranks of available fairy tale collections, it manages to distinguish itself in several ways. Most notably, the stories in this collection are taken almost exclusively from known authors, and they are arranged chronologically by the century in which they were written down or published by a collector of fairy tales. This adds an interesting, almost scholarly aspect to the book, which is amplified by the brief but consistently interesting historical summary at the end of each tale. Here the editor gives some information about the author/collector as well as about the tale. Often, the comments helped bring out some of the peculiarities of fairy tale adaptations from certain time periods, such as the Grimms' tendency to change evil mothers to evil stepmothers. The collection is also very intentional in being a world-wide treasury of tales. I was personally left cold by the Native American folk tales and a few others which were simply too odd to my Western European mind, but they do show the similarities and contrasts of folk and fairy tales from cultures around the world. The subtitle's claim to be a "family heirloom of stories" is both accurate and questionable. This is, truly a wide-ranging and fantastically illustrated collection of tales. However, it is best to keep in mind that these are often more "authentic" versions, which sometimes shock the Disney-minded reader with their bluntness, violence, undertones of immorality, or other aspects that make them more suitable to a slightly older audience. I realized this would definitely not be a book to let a young child randomly pick a story for bedtime. Parents, read ahead and make your own selections! But even if this book may not serve as the one and only fairy tale collection to have in the family library, it is certainly one worth having. In a household steeped with fantasy, older children and adults will revel in finding out a little about the history of favorite tales, as well as in seeing how some of these have developed over time. It is a wonderful combination of delight and learning contained in the thick swath of pages between the covers of this book.

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    Bobby Joyner

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