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She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: Donkeyskin is horrific with it’s theme of incest I don’t see Disney doing that any time soon, but Robin McKinley’s book Deerskin is excellent. Diane Purkiss’s Troublesome Things is about the borderline between fairyland and reality tatqr old tales of changelings and modern sightings of the creatures at the bottom of the garden.

It annotared exactly the sort of book that happens to have a wide assortment of beautiful classic illustrations This is not a good book to fall asleep cuddling.

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SUCH a freaking treasure. What’s also rather lovely is that Tatar includes information on some of the best illustrators which are featured through the book as well: As Tatar shows, few of us are aware of how profoundly fairy tales have influenced our culture. Anne Stoj rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not so happy endings! The term was originally used to desig SUCH a freaking treasure. This book was so cool because it had a bunch of different illustrations and I really liked the different annotated notes from Tatar.

She was always indignant at the idea that the world of folktales offered no images of resourceful females – and if she added a few of her own, like the heroine’s mother who rides in to Bluebeard’s castle on a carthorse, she did it with verve and sinister pleasure.


My eight-year-old son, Callum, and I enjoy reading together. Open Preview See a Problem? Feb 03, Bridgett rated it it was amazing Shelves: Most of us probably know a good many, but perhaps not all that Tatar includes here.

Aug 13, hypothermya is currently reading it Shelves: Dec 28, H. Aug 10, Joseph Pinchback rated it it classkc amazing. It introduced me to different versions of fairy tales told in different areas, different stories all together, artists, how tales began and then were changed either intentionally or through spreading.

I read the entire thing through cover to cover. Ethnologies25 2— Feb 08, Sarah rated it really liked it.

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar

One or more items could not be added because you are not logged in. The best part about this edition is that you get all of the cl I’m a sucker for learning and I love annotated editions of pretty much anything. Frequently the annotations would mention details in the illustrations that were difficult or downright impossible to see!

I usually love the Norton Annotated books, but this one was a disappointment. For Carter, the world of earthy dreams and forest dangers ,aria been faairy – whether we like it or not – by video culture and soaps.

If they had a version of, say, Moby Dick with a bunch of pictures in it, I’d have probably read it by now. While I appreciate how one can often trace the reinterpretations of a story through the progression of illustrations, like Callum, I was a little frustrated by how difficult it was to see the small pictures.

True to the oral tradition, each lively tale is perfect for reading aloud; but in addition, Harvard professor Tatar brings folklore scholarship to the general reader with annotations right there in the margins of the spacious pages.

Lushly designed and proportioned and lavishly illustrated with illustrations that dlassic as the basis for tracing the evolution of artistic interpretation for each tale, this book supercedes the outdated The Classic Fairy Tales, Iona Opie and Peter Opie’s collection of 24 tales CH, Feb’ East of the Sun, West of the Moon is simply beautiful there’s a fantastic retelling in novel called East, but I’m forgetting the author’s name and one of the rare stories where the girl isn’t in need of rescue but does the rescuing.


Tatar’s introductory essays are thoughtful and balanced, presenting Bettleheim’s psychological analyses, more modern gender-based explanations, and her fajry thinking in good measure. I wondered at first who were rairy intended readers. There were only two things about this collection of fairy tales that I would have changed: She’s a historian, author, and an expert on languages and literature.

Nov 02, Abbi Dion rated it it was amazing. Some even so dark and gory that I agree with the editor that such stories were not really for children: Four appendixes enrich the book: She also includes more than color illustrations by classic artists and discusses how tatag extend the stories.

Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Jan 17, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: I think it’s about high xnnotated that we expanded The stories here are classic, of course, it’s right there in the title.

One of my goals for is to re-read the classics from my youth.

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We like to believe that “our” version is definitive, and know it is not. Kay Nielsen and Arthur Rackham are mind-blowing in their style and technique.

Cart Support Signed in as: A perfect present for a serious-minded child, or curious adult. The illustrations are all done by famous, classic children’s artists and should be savored.