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Finally, a book of tales where the lessons make sense!
on March 17, 2014
Too often in my search for folk and fairy tales, the lessons in the stories tended to be the exact opposite of anything I would want to teach my children. This book was such a relief to find, as the stories generally had the good guys behaving well and winning, and the lazy or dishonest people not coming out ahead. One reviewer criticized how the stories arent content appropriate for young kids - I didnt find this to be the case. A fair number of them ended in marriage, but there was no jealousy or violence or themes inappropriate for young kids.
I bought this book for my second grader for homeschooling and meeting CCS for literature. Its worked out well - he reads the stories then is able to retell the stories and give opinions on what happened. Each of the stories are 2-3 pages, which seems about right for keeping my sons attention and interest.
Both of us really enjoyed reading the stories in this book, and that the tales have stayed in our minds and discussions speaks to their effect. :) We really recommend this as a folktale book, especially to anyone whos been discouraged by reading anthologies of stories that dont make a lot of sense to our modern zeitgeist.