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The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales Hardcover – 3 Dec 2002
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About the Author
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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A warning: I would not recommend reading all the tales to children (especially before bedtime - like to induce nightmares!). One of the tales, The Juniper Tree, is quite ghastly.
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!)
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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