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An enjoyable collection of classic fairy tales with some annotation.

The annotated classic fairy tales

Marja know better than the Victorians. It is at first sight too scholarly even for enterprising children. Disseminated across a wide variety of historical and contemporary media ranging from opera and drama to cinema and advertising, they constitute a vital part of our storytelling capital.

This was a very interesting read. It’s nice that they go into detail and explain the fairu story and some of the terminology from the stories as well as original illustrations.

By signing up you agree to W. I think it’s about high time that we expanded this concept. May 28, Hilary rated it it was amazing Shelves: Article body My eight-year-old son, Callum, clawsic I enjoy reading together. Booklist Review The commentary is as fascinating as the stories and art in this large-size collection of 26 classic, mainly European, fairy tales, which have been newly translated in an immediate colloquial style.

In clear, accessible prose, she links the tales to their original oral traditions and cultural contexts, and discusses the varied interpretations imposed by critics over time and across philosophical and psychological perspectives. The illustrations are gorgeous, the thinking profound, and the fairy tales themselves truly terrifying when stripped of their 19th-century moralizing.

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It is just a lovely book. This was my Flassic present from my very best friend and I love it! Into the woods with Little Red Riding Hoodup the beanstalk with Jack, and down through the depths of the ocean with the Little Mermaidthis volume takes us through many of the familiar paths of our folkloric heritage. Loeb Professor of Germanic Mariaa and Literatures. The book includes many of the original illustrations which are mesmerizing.

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Partly at least because Orenstein, like most of her cited texts, takes an automatic cultural-studies attitude to the tale and its nature. One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in. In his landmark study, The Use of Enchantment, Bettelheim argued that fairy tales have a powerful therapeutic value, teaching children that “a struggle against severe difficulties in life is unavoiable.

Open Preview See a Problem? Orenstein accepts the assumption that Red Riding Hood and Cinderella were originally role models – and largely accepts the modern assumption that heroines of tales were passive, sweet, instruments of male fates and objects of male desires. It was a bit grosser than the ones I heard before A recognized authority on fairy tales, Tatar Harvard Univ. The psychological reasoning shared in the annotations is fascinating. Return to Book Page.

These illustrations make our modern interpretations look like child’s art. Kay Nielsen and Arthur Rackham are mind-blowing in their style and technique. She was never a role-model maker, either way. The best part about this edition is that you get all of the cl I’m taes sucker for learning and I love annotated editions of pretty much anything. Snow White has the apple, sure, but she also got duped twice before that with a poisoned comb and corset laces. Orenstein reproduces advertisements for Max Factor lipstick and James Thurber and Quentin Blake’s knowing little girls.


But we tend to remember the old tales of magic not necessarily fairies in a special way. These illustrations are magnificently detailed and lovingly drawn. Four appendixes enrich the book: The following items were successfully added. This is a fairly good collection if you haven’t already read the Grimm and Andersen books, but otherwise it’s definitely not one I ttar recommend purchasing. If you’re interested in fairy tales, and want to understand their classkc import as explicators of the state of ancient societies and their discontents, lessons, and mores — then this is the annotwted you must have.

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Overview Inside the Book. Library Journal Review The publisher, which has anotated great success with its series of annotated children’s books e. By Maria Tatar, editor and translator.

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