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on 6 December 2012
Love having the original stories of the fairytales (rather than the Disney rubbish). The annotations are fantastic, and the book itself just looks good and inviting to read. Fantastic for scholarly study as well.
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on 20 January 2013
Excellent collection of fairy tales from different authors. What I like best is that the annotations provide a different perspective on the fairy tales.

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.
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on 1 March 2005
You thought the Brothers Grimm were a bit bloodthirsty?
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!)
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on 11 December 2002
The fairy tales that many of us heard as children are but the most recent versions of far older and less gentle stories. Designed, often, to make a pointed moral comment, their themes encompass all of human life: romance, betrayal, jealousy, revenge and even death. For those who began their interest as children and would now value a book that they could use both as a basis for for storytelling and a source for more in-depth study, this is essential reading.
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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on 31 January 2003
What a delight to have a quality book for my children. I love the paper, the print, the illustrations, not to mention the stories that, for once, appear in real English--not the stitled, unreadable versions that I've bought by mistake several times now. I'm having great fun learning about the stories as I read them to my 6 and 9 year old, who can't get enough of this stuff. I just ordered the Annotated Alice, and I hope it's as good as this volume.
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on 2 February 2010
Beautiful, wonderful, amazing!

Only problem I had with it is that the illustrations are too darn small... >.> I would need a magnifying glass to see them clearly... they are miniscule!
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on 13 March 2014
Bought as a present for my daughter when she was tacking her Masters degree in English Literature and was one of the books she was required to read
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