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Never too old for a fairy tale,
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This review is from: The Complete Fairy Tales (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
I am studying for an English Degree and whilst reading Jane Eyre and some critical material on Bronte's masterpiece I came across a reference to Little Red Riding Hood... strange but true!
I bought this to see how Charles Perrault (the man widely credited with bringing us the version we know today of Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales) differed the scene in Jane Eyre and the Brothers Grimm version too. Perrault's version is shorter than the Grimms' and there is no woodsman to provide the happy ending as it part of a collection with morals... maybe not one to read to younger children then!
Perrault was born in 1628 and died in 1703, so his versions of fairy tales/folk tales pre-date Brothers Grimm and are worth a read. Not sure I would read them to very young children today as some are quite dark... but saying that, these tales are too good for kids, read them yourself and use the kids as an excuse for owning and reading fairy tales!
What was a nice surprise in this collection of fairy tales is that they have illustrations! Traditional style drawings look so much better than those modern, bright and gaudy images, which I always found boring even as a kid! Not all the tales are illustrated, but quite a few are.