on 30 June 2001
"A wolf was looking for a nursemaid. After a while he met a sheep..."
So you think you know what happened? Well you do not, the story has a twist to it and to find out you will just have to buy this wonderful collection of folktales from the little known Scandinavian country of Finland.
This is an anthology which deserves to be as well known as anything by the Brothers Grimm or by Hans Christian Andersen. Sadly, methinks that this will not happen. The publisher has done itself and the author a disservice by marketing the book as an academic tome. The Introduction is heavy with references to the Folklore Archive of the Finnish Literature Society and to the author's (a Finn) long hours of research there.
The book has been classified under "Society, Politics and Philosophy". It belongs firmly in the children's section.
The contents require lightweight reading skills and are suitable for kids from eight to eighty. Fifty spellbinding stories in 150 pages ... comes to 30 pence per story. Try "The Pig and the Squirrel", "The Death of the Wicked Witch" and "The Man who did the Housework". It is a hoot and a steal.