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Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 27 Feb 1997


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (27 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140622063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140622065
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.4 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. D. Mabbutt on 27 Aug 2008
A wonderful selection of retellings and modern variations of classic faerie tales. These tales range from the slight (The Laird o'Co) to the richly humoured (the amazingly rendered The Lonely Giant by Alasdiar MacLean) and to the deeply disturbing (The Grey Wolf). I managed to pick up my copy for less than a quid, which I consider money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Poisson d'Or on 28 Aug 2006
A delightful book, though sometimes the scotch dialect tends to throw me a little!
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By gille liath TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2013
A little bit of everything here: classic Lowland tales, translations from Gaelic, original stories by Alistair MacLean, Conan Doyle and John Buchan, and a 50-page 'classic Victorian fairy tale' from Andrew Lang.

The heart of the book, though, is the clutch of retellings by Elizabeth Grierson; and whilst the stories are good, the style is a little stilted. The pictures are too few, and not great anyway; and the Highland tradition is massively under-represented with only two short pieces from the huge collections of JF Campbell, and another short one from John Lorne Campbell.

As a cheap introduction it's well worth a look, but not the ideal book either for kids or those with a serious interest in folklore (the latter should try the Penguin Book of Scottish Folktales, which has a good balance between Highland and Lowland - if they can find it).

Incidentally, someone mentioned Scots dialect; there's actually very little of it in the book.
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By K MILLAR on 12 Feb 2013
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Just as you'd expect from the title. Bought for my P5 class and the tales are perfect to dip in and out of with a real flavour of Scottish heritage throughout. The kids have enjoyed what they've heard so far.
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By Ruth on 20 July 2014
Have read far better folk & fairy tales, not particulary impressed.
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