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Adult/High School-The level of content, commentary, and art in this beautifully designed volume will confound anyone who contends that fairy tales are "just for kids." Tatar presents fresh and appealing translations of 26 traditional stories (primarily European), accompanied by engrossing annotations placed attractively in the wide margins of the large-sized pages. In clear, accessible prose, she links the tales to their original oral traditions and cultural contexts, and discusses the varied interpretations imposed by critics over time and across philosophical and psychological perspectives. Hundreds of high-quality, color reproductions of period illustrations illuminate and enhance Tatar's cogent remarks about the power of illustrators to influence and comment on a story through visual interpretation. The supplemental sections are as fascinating as the main material: biographies of authors, collectors, and illustrators; variant texts of "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Bears"; the illustrations of Walter Crane and George Cruikshank; and an extensive bibliography. This book offers multiple pleasures for browsing, pondering, and sharing, and is as good a source for reading aloud as for research.
Starr E. Smith, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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ISBN-10:  0393051633
ISBN-13:  978-0393051636
Author:  Maria Tatar
Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company
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review by . October 24, 2010
This book reveals a lot of information. It contains an informative introduction and 26 classic tales from the bothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, and others. There is Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, and other classics. The editor includes biographies of authors, collectors, and illustrators. She also adds four appendixes; two contain another version of Little Red Riding Hood and The Story of Three Three Bears; and two have many beautiful …
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