- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Series: Harry Potter
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; Translation edition (March 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781338125689
- ISBN-13: 978-1338125689
- ASIN: 1338125680
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,776 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Harry Potter) Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Warlock's Hairy Heart," "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump," and of course "The Tale of the Three Brothers." But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we know and love, reading them gives new insight into the wizarding world.
This purchase also represents another very important form of giving: From every sale of this book, Scholastic will give its net proceeds to Lumos, an international non-profit organization founded by J.K. Rowling that works globally to transform the lives of disadvantaged children. wearelumos.org
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It includes a beautiful outer "box" that is a mock leather bound edition, and inside a book of The Tale of Beedle the Bard which is encased in a velvet back for protection. The illustrated prints are incredible. A great purchase!
Let me say that again...
$100... for a book. In these tough times we live in where people are losing jobs and houses..
I paid $100 for a book.
So for 4 months while I was wondering what the hell was I thinking, all I could do was hope that the book delivered it's hype, both with it's stories and the quality of the edition itself.
And to be honest, I couldn't be happier with the outcome of both.
When the day it was being delivered came I was beyond excited. I was watching for that UPS truck like I haven't eaten in weeks and the driver was bringing me a giant Twinkie. When the package was finally delivered after what felt like the longest day in the history of the world I felt like a little school girl (which I'm not) when I read the printing on box. I'm not going into details about the box because I'm sure that people who don't even like Harry Potter know what the thing says. Anyways, I opened the box so quickly yet so carefully I felt like I was about to implode. When I finally got to the goods after paper, cardboard, plastic, and more cardboard, I was taken back by how nicely done the entire thing was put together. It's something that when held you just feel like it's an object taken right from the books (the Harry Potter series.) I feel that for fans it's a no brainer to have this edition of the book.
And to tell you the truth, the Collectors Edition is the only way to read it because of the feel of it and the place that it puts you in when you have it in your hands. To make it understandable let me say that if you pass it up and just get the regular version it'll be like going into an ice cream parlor and ordering a hot fudge sundae with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry and the guy gives you a scoop of chocolate yogurt. You know something is not right and something's missing but you eat it anyway because you figure, "hey, I like chocolate."
And if you're reading this and that's your attitude then go ahead and go crazy with your chocolate yogurt. Just know that you're reading this because something inside you really does want this Collectors Edition. And if you go ahead and get the regular edition and feel that something missing, I'll be too busy reading these amazing stories to hear you kicking yourself in the ....
Oh yeah, the stories!
This is already a long enough review so let me get to the point. The stories in this book are something else. Sure, if you really think about it you'd swear you've heard them before, but that's the beauty of it, you haven't. It's 5 unique stories that really do feel like they've been read to young witches and wizards for years. Stories that carry the same morals and lessons that we've learned from our own tales of old. There's even one story in here that made me read it twice because I couldn't believe how dark and twisted it was. While I was reading this book I honestly saw myself reading it to my future children as bedtime stories (besides that twisted one.) The entire book can be read in a day or less but how many times have you read or stood to listen tales like Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Cinderella? And it's because of that fact that I cannot stress my argument enough. Would you read these wizard tales to your kids from a nice little book that looks like it came from somewhere and means something, or a regular ol' looking hardback?
The choice is yours. I made mine.. and it tastes like hot fudge.