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Reasonable collection, not sure about some of the language
on 8 January 2010
I bought this to have to read to my baby daughter both for now and for years to come.
The collection itself is ok, although not a patch on the old Readers Digest 2 volume collection which my parents had when I was a child, whch, in addition to most of the stories here, also had excellent mid eastern tales from the Arabian Nights and other cultures (but is sadly out of print).
We're only 4 stories in so far, but the language has been very disappointing, with more than a whiff of political correctness, which ruins things. Goldilocks and the 3 bears for example: used to be daddy bear, mummy bear and baby bear; now it's big bear, medium sized bear and little bear. Red Riding Hood: "Granny isn't up to snuff". Huh? all sorts of things going though my mind reading that. And "don't tarry"; please, use terms children can understand (like "linger").
Hopefully they'll get better as we progress.
On the plus side, the pictures are good so far.