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The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales Hardcover – 3 Dec 2002


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: BCA (3 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393051633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393051636
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 0.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "ecolinda" on 11 Dec. 2002
Format: Hardcover
The fairy tales that many of us heard as children are but the most recent versions of far older and less gentle stories. Designed, often, to make a pointed moral comment, their themes encompass all of human life: romance, betrayal, jealousy, revenge and even death. For those who began their interest as children and would now value a book that they could use both as a basis for for storytelling and a source for more in-depth study, this is essential reading.
These stories are written in the style of "foundational text" which means that you can take each as a basis, retelling the tale, in your own words, to suit the particular listener. Every one has an introduction which explores sources, details of some of the other versions of the story and offers a modern interpretation. The annotations also provide some very interesting insights, if you are keen to go deeper; however, these are more suitable for adult study than as a basis of discussion with children.
The only real disappointment are the pictures, which are rather old-fashioned and very small.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sable Unadorned on 1 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
You thought the Brothers Grimm were a bit bloodthirsty?
This superb book not only retells the classic fairytales but also gives any number of variants on each theme. Even seasoned mythologists are likely to find something new and surprising, and in many cases the alternative endings are better (I always thought that Goldilocks was a rude little housebreaking so-and-so... in at least one of the versions she gets eaten by the bears. Go bears!)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
What a delight to have a quality book for my children. I love the paper, the print, the illustrations, not to mention the stories that, for once, appear in real English--not the stitled, unreadable versions that I've bought by mistake several times now. I'm having great fun learning about the stories as I read them to my 6 and 9 year old, who can't get enough of this stuff. I just ordered the Annotated Alice, and I hope it's as good as this volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Norstedt on 2 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful, wonderful, amazing!

Only problem I had with it is that the illustrations are too darn small... >.> I would need a magnifying glass to see them clearly... they are miniscule!
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