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The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault Hardcover – August 16, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (August 16, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395570026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395570029
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.7 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. In his introduction, Philip gives Perrault his due as a folklorist who told the tales without "literary embroidery" and as a writer whose retellings are characterized by acerbic wit rather than by sentimentality. This volume includes all 11 tales attributed to Perrault, including his dramatic "Little Red Riding Hood," without a huntsman coming to the rescue, "Sleeping Beauty," in which the princess doesn't live happily ever after until she has endured bitter trials, and the bloody tale of "Bluebeard," as well as lighter stories such as "The Fairies," in which a good girl is blessed with jewels falling from her mouth while her bad sister is cursed with toads springing from hers. The illustrations, line drawings with watercolor washes in delicate hues, are well crafted and, in the best sense, pretty. Though they're a bit misleading, since the writing presents the tales "unprettified," the pictures should attract readers. The volume ends with a biography of Perrault, notes on the translation, and a page or two discussing the origin and history of each tale. Carolyn Phelan

From Kirkus Reviews

An intelligent new translation of all 11 stories, true to the original (the three verse tales have, sensibly, been rendered as prose, but the morals are in lively verse) and doubly welcome since the only other edition of merit in print (Dover, 1969, paper only) omits three of the tales. Simborowski is a translator and teacher; Philip, a well-regarded folklorist and critic, adds an introduction and extensive scholarly notes on the stories' predecessors and variants. There's also a fine note on ``Translating Perrault'' (``It is hard to convey in English...the splendid brevity...His distinctive wit and elegance are based in succinctness and economy. Many retellings...replace this asperity with a winsome, sentimental air that is entirely absent from the original...''), as well as a generously long bibliography. Holmes's delicate art--decorative grace-notes that occasionally blossom into full-blown illustrations, comfortably sharing a page with text or extending over a spread--are traditional in style, setting events in a comely time past. It's grand to have the real thing in such fine new dress--an essential reference for folklore collections, in attractive format that's sure to appeal to young readers. (Folklore. 5+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Whitney S. Christiansen on January 31, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Our oral history of the tales of "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty" have certainly changed! This is an excellent source for anyone hoping to find the roots of the fairy tales which we all know and love today. Perrault's prose is surprisingly terse, which may grate with the modern conception of these tales, but he also holds nothing back. Thankfully, Philip and Simborowski include all of his tales, even the dark and disturbing "Donkeyskin," which has been left out of most translations. I have used this book as pleasure reading, but it really shines when I pull it off the shelf for serious essays and presentations. Philip and Simborowski provide helpful anecdotes on Perrault's life and the stories themselves, rounding out a work as complete as Perrault's original.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a lovely book with beautiful illustrations of Perrault's classic fairytales. At the end of the book Philip spends at least a page briefly discussing each fairy tale and it's history. If you want more in depth criticism of fairytales, check out his text on Cinderella or works by Zipes or Warner. If you want a beautiful book of fairy tales, this is great.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chris Knight on December 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my wife who has chosen fairy tales as one of her specializations for her English degree. This review is my quick summary of her comments on the book.

The book is nicely illustrated (by Sally Holmes) and it has a brief introduction that provides a little history of Charles Perrault and fairy tales in general. Additionally, in the back of the book , there are a few notes for each fairy tale.

The versions of the stories are entertaining and the morals are in verse. However, the authors took liberties in their translation and writing that deviate from the original meanings of the stories as originally written in French. The greatest liberties being taken with the morals; in order to re-create the rhyme the literal meanings are lost.

Overall it is a pleasant read, but of little academic value for those seriously studying fairy tales. A better suggestion is the dual language book, translated by Stanley Appelbaum titled "The Complete Fairy Tales in Verse and Prose".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George Alonso on August 12, 2005
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This is a complete collection of the fairy tales collected by Charles Perrault, the heart and soul of European fairy tales. Beautiful illustrations, easy to read text, highly recommended. These are original versions, without the Disney "variations."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Who can resist a fairy tale? This beautifully rendered edition includes such timeless classics as "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty."

All eleven of Perault's tales are enchantingly illustrated in ripe watercolors - never has Red Riding Hood's grandmother's cottage looked so venerably aged or forbidding.

A handsome volume to be treasured.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JackieTH on August 27, 2011
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The tales are uncut, not politically correct, and the children don't always survive. Just as the author intended I'm sure. Not much more to add here. Good reading but if your young ones have been raised on books where the three little pigs don't boil the wolf into a delicious stew (different author, not in this book, just as an example), well be forewarned.
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These fairy tales, seem to also be steered toward adult readers. Perrault took tales that he had heard and re-visioned them and made them his own. Some tales could be child friendly, some like Blue Beard, are not quite so. Good tales none-the-less.
This edition I had included his morals at the end of the story. Had story background and author information included. Enjoyed the illustrations and the extra information. Only eleven tales, so makes a quick read if you want one.
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