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Fairy Tales and Fables Hardcover – February 5, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402756984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402756986
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Frank on January 9, 2009
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This book is awesome! It was my favorite fairy tale book when I was a girl. I love the art work in it! I still have my orignal one from 1974. It was the only thing from my childhood I kept. I bought a new one for my 3 yr old twin boy and girl. I also bought one for my nephew too. They love looking at the pictures and listening to the stories. Some of the fairy tales are for older kids, but we still enjoy reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Wheaton on April 17, 2009
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A fantastic collection of classic fairy tales. The stories are written with a sweetness and an innocence that is lost in many of the contemporary versions of the same tales. Filled with fantasy and fun and great lessons too. My kids love this book.
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What a find! I was delighted to come across this book the other day, and grabbed it immediately, as an affordable yet comprehensive (though far from complete) collection of classic stories and fables with the lush, lovely illustrations I already love from our other Fujikawa book (A Child's Book of Poems).

These are the deep, rich, fascinating pictures I loved growing up in the 1970s.
I worried initially that the strange "retro" quality might turn off my 21st-century children, but it seems they are as entranced by these high-quality images as my generation was.

My only qualm would be with the writing quality: I assume the stories are retold by Eve Morel (she's listed as editor), and my initial impression - having read only a few - is that the retellings are a trifle lackluster (eg "vanilla") and humourless.

Particularly with the fables, her writing doesn't exactly shine. She doesn't seem to know what to do with the morals, for one thing. Some modern versions omit them altogether, while the classic approach is simply to state them explicitly at the end. In her Hare and the Tortoise, she adds a fox "referee" to deliver the moral, whereas in the sour grapes fable, she inserts the moral herself indirectly: "sometimes people are just as silly as that fox."

However, the writing also offers a most welcome brevity. The Princess and the Pea, for instance, which is often ridiculously belaboured in some retellings, is delivered in only a few short paragraphs: Prince, princess, pea, morning, married - done! I like it, but some may not.

The truth is, you only get this many stories and fables into such a slender volume by keeping them short and sweet, and overall, I don't mind.

I'll be honest: the stories are there to wind in and out of the gorgeous, compelling illustrations. As we work our way through this book, my children are far too entranced by the images to really bother with the words themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Monaco on March 19, 2013
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I liked it so much that I did not want to give it as a present but wanted to keep it for my self. The art work is terriffic and the stories were just as I remembered them
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kim on January 30, 2010
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Unfortunately I never actually saw the book. I mailed it direct out of state to my brother and his wife who have a few young grandchildren. They told me it was wonderful though. They told me the stories were great and not so long as to lose the interest of little children. I remembered my grandma reading to me and saw that some of these were the same tales that I remember so fondly. It was stories like these that caught my imagination and caused me to love reading on my own as I grew older.

There was nothing like cuddling up with Grandma and listening to her read stories from long ago. I listened to them time and time again and never got tired of them.

Christmas money was tight this year and so I sent them a gift they could use with all their grandchildren for years to come.

All in all a great bargain and gift of love because reading and spending time with children one on one is still the best gift of all!
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By rajni on April 27, 2011
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This is an amazing book...the best fairy tale book ever! I read it as a young child and always remembered the illustrations and stories. I was looking for the same book for my 4 year old daughter and found it on Amazon. It's a treat to read the stories to my child...I relive my own childhood and I hope she cherishes these moments and tales as well.
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By HawkeyeMom on December 27, 2012
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Great tales, fables and adorable illustrations. Our 19 month old son is enjoying this book and we feel he will for years to come. It's nice to revisit stories from our childhood and share them with our son.
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By Yelizaveta on February 23, 2012
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The art work in this book is very pretty and vibrantly colorful. Especially the inside of the cover was very intriguing. The children enjoyed this book very much.
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