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Swedish Fairy Tales (Library of Folklore) Hardcover – September, 1998

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Library of Folklore
  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781807174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781807173
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,027,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
These tales were originally published by Baron Djurkou in the 1880's, but Hippocrene Books Inc. has chosen to republish this translation by H.L. Braekstad, which was first printed in 1901. We are entertained by stories like "Lars, My Lad." These words call a little Swedish genie to do the bidding of a duke who has Lars build him a palace and thereby wins the daughter of the king who lives nearby. We catch a rare glimpse of the genie himself and of the wagonloads of shoes he has worn out in service to the duke and others who have called him over the centuries. "St. Peter and the Two Women" gives the same wish to two women, but there couldn't possibly be more difference in the way the wish is carried out--one woman is lucky, the other unlucky. But a wisher does to a certain extent make her own luck, and in "The Old Woman and the Fish" the old woman's wish brings her bad luck indeed. In "The Valient Chanticleer" a cockerell born to a poor woman insists he will marry the king's daughter--and does, once she has wrung his neck and turned him into a handsome prince. A very learned king issues an edict: anyone so learned he could stump king and council can have his daughter and half the kingdom. A farmer's son uses his native intelligence and his gift for making up words to stump the king. Typically Swedish, these stories and the rest of the 18 stories in the book entertain us with their innate good sense.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kylie P. on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While most of the stories in here are rather entertaining, I have concern starting at the very first story "Lars, My Lad!" to my three year old daughter. The main character is sent to be hung to death and that is a topic I'd rather not my young child be exposed to. I find it rather strange that such horrific details are in a story designed to teach children. As the collection of stories continues there are witches, trolls, and down right mischievous characters. I was expecting more like the American folktales with princesses and a prince charming.
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