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The Oxford Treasury of Fairy Tales Hardcover – 4 Sep 2003

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (4 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192781286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192781284
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,663,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McCaughrean is one of our foremost storytellers and her retellings are reliably excellent. She has a superb ear for the rhythms of words and an unerring eye for the telling detail. (Daily Telegraph)

A sumptuous collection of fairy stories retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, who has an exceptional ability to spin out the magic of any story. (Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian Review)

A wonderful book to cherish forever. (The School Librarian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The definitive book of Fairy Tales which every home should own

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By KJ7 on 28 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A gorgeous book. I bought this for a friend's daughter. It arrived and I intended to flick through it quickly. Instead I found myself drawn in. There are twenty stories here (told over 240 pages). Some are the stories everyone knows: Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel & Gretel etc. But there were plenty that were entirely new to me including The Thirteenth Child, Cap-of-Rushes, Three Oranges, The Flower of Love. I knew ten of the twenty. All the ones I've read (about half of them) were enchanting. Some had elements I'd read about before in other stories (a princess who compares her love of her father to salt etc.) but were still new to me. I've read numerous different versions of Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel, The Dancing Princess (or The Twelve Princesses) etc. and naturally this book has the authors own take on all the stories. The important elements are all there, there are no radical changes, but the stories are all enchanting, with virtue rewarded, without the disneyfied sacharine sweetness. This is particulary evident in The Little Mermaid. Hans Christian Andersen's original is lovely but deeply sad. Disney completely re-wrote the ending. This stays truer to the original but the ending becomes wistful, bittersweet and triumphant. I loved these stories and will be buying a copy for my daughters. A book to treasure. For those that want to know these things: the book itself is a glossy soft back with quality paper and printing and plenty of delightful illustrations. Would recommend.
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Format: Hardcover
One of Geraldine McCaughrean's many talents is to put familiar words together in a way that feels fresh and new - even though many of these stories are old favorites. The combination of much loved and less well known fairy tales results in a book to keep you going back to read and re read.

Sophy Williams' pastel illustrations are evocative and beautiful with some of the best ones hidden well inside the book. Each of the 20 stories has it's own colour scheme and the book feels substantial and well produced. My children love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction to Fairy Tales 29 July 2013
By Psyche - Published on
Format: Paperback
Everything about this edition of fairy tales is soft and rather pastel -- from the cover art, to the inside illustrations, to the rendering of some very well-known fairy tales. That means, even when reinterpreting tales by the brothers Grimm, there is remarkably very little death, and what there is is quickly glossed over in this book. I don't mind the darker, sharper tales, in fact I often prefer them. When reading to a four-year-old, however, discretion should be practiced. As this book is very unlikely to induce nightmares (a rather noble goal), it is a very good introduction to fairy tales to young listeners.

The cover artwork and illustrations are both glowing and soft. I would be shocked if the medium used to produce the art was not pastel. Because the illustrator has managed to not produce the muddy effect so common with pastel work (well, mine anyway) and instead has created something bright and lovely, I'm impressed and quite stunned by the beauty of the illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling at its best 12 Dec. 2003
By Andrea Deakin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of twenty of the best loved fairy tales, some of them traditional, and some retellings from Andersen.Multi award-winning storyteller, Geraldine McCaughrean, spins the tales with all the skill of her craft, taking the reader directly into the human experience underlying them."Times were hard, harder than the dried bread on Jack's table," brings the setting vividly before a young reader.Her dramatic retellings make the most of familiar stories and introduce children to less familiar tales like "The Three Oranges".This is a handsomely produced book with richly- toned illustrations by Sophie Williams.
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