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Jim Henson's Storyteller Paperback – 30 Sep 1993
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This edition includes nine tales. Before buying it, I was unsure which of the tales appeared here, but I was very glad to find that my favourites are included; "The Three Ravens", "The Soldier and Death" and "Sapsorrow." Some of the other tales included are "The Luck Child", "Hans my Hedgehog" and "The True Bride." If, like me, you were also a fan of the televised series, as you read these tales you will more than likely imagine John Hurt reading them out to you. The writing seems to have stayed very true to the scripts used for the series. The illustrations also remind me of scenes from the televised series; Sapsorrow scrubbing the kitchen floor, for example, as the prince looks on in disgust, unable to see beyond the fur and the feathers.
These tales are just lovely. With the beautiful writing, they do beg to be read out loud, either to children or to those who remain young at heart. But, they also come alive if read by yourself. I would certainly recommend this book to either those who, like me, grew up with the series but also for those who may not know the original series, but who enjoy folk tales and fairy tales from around the world.
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Each story is based on an old fairy tale, beautifully and magically written. For adults and children, to be read aloud or alone.