The Illustrated Book of Fairy Tales

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Bestselling children's author Neil Philip retells enthralling fairy tales from all over the globe, combined with entrancing illustrations that conjure up magical worlds where wishes come true, the wicked are punished, and the good are rewarded spectacularly.

A multicultural collection of traditional tales from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America.

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Overview

Bestselling children's author Neil Philip retells enthralling fairy tales from all over the globe, combined with entrancing illustrations that conjure up magical worlds where wishes come true, the wicked are punished, and the good are rewarded spectacularly.

A multicultural collection of traditional tales from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
This is an exquisitely produced book, containing over fifty of the world's most beloved stories. The introduction provides the reader with a framework for understanding these diverse tales, and presents the factors taken into consideration in their retelling and illustration. The tales include many of the classics of Western folklore, as well as tales from Korea, Native American traditions, Australia, India, Kenya, and more. Mistry's artwork incorporates culturally appropriate motifs, and renders each story in sparkling images. Sidebars, combined with spot illustrations and photographs, link the stories with the places and peoples of their origin. Index included, but no source list.
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Gr 3-6The idea of using tales from around the world to illustrate different themes (e.g., "Under a Spell," "True Love Conquers All") is interesting, but these selections are dull and unappealing. Most of the stories are popular and well known but the retellings are dry and missing that unique and subtle quality that brings folklore alive. "And the wolf leaped upon Little Red Riding Hood and gobbled her up" as a final sentence just falls flat. Throughout the narrative, sidebars illustrated with photos, drawings, and reproductions provide information about the folktales, their origins, where they might have taken place, and what makes them special. These tidbits are distracting and sometimes offer irrelevant facts. Does it matter in "Jack and the Beanstalk" that a modern harp would be heavy, 5.5 feet high, and difficult for Jack to carry down the beanstalk? Most of the illustrations are grotesque and frightening. Pass on this one.Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789427946
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2001

    An exquisitely illustrated collectio

    Neil Philip not only tells us the classic tales such as 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Cinderella,' he also includes a world of tales from South America, the Far East, Asia and Australia. These are traditional stories which have been told by firesides and hearths for centuries. Nilesh Mistry's illustrations are so beautiful, you must see them to believe it. Fairies with delicate pastel wings, haunting castles, beautiful maidens eating oranges, gnomes dancing by bonfires, Persian gardens, horses riding through fire, sly wolves, purple headed dragons and green demons are just some of the enchanting images. This is the second book he has illustrated. The first one is called 'The Illustrated Book of Myths.' The details of the landscape, costume and building design of each country was considered and makes the illustrations all the more magical and authentic. The origin of each story is given on the contents pages. The stories are grouped together with other stories which have similar themes. Stories in which characters fall under a spell are in the first section. Poor heroes hoping to make their fortunes follows. The last section includes stories in which love conquers all. Neil Philip has a Ph.D in myth and folklore and has a great talent for giving insight into the cultural background of each story. Many stories have changed over time, yet they still hold true to the basic premise that evil is punished and good is rewarded. Fairy tales are filled with magic and wonder. They do in fact cast a spell on the reader. Enter this world of talking animals, magical creatures, evil witches, princes and maidens. These stories have lived in the minds of man since the beginning of history. Gifted story tellers on every continent have contributed to the richness of these enthralling visions. Look for the elements of truth in the stories. Secretly, I think adults enjoy these stories just as much as children do.

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