Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Many of the tales included will be familiar to the casual reader but some will not be. Reading the collection gives you a great sense of the reach and breadth of folklore even as it reveals similarities and commonalities. I read them over a period of time rather than straight through but still acquired a sense of the scope of the work. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with these classic tales in their original splendor not through the eyes of Disney or popular culture. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm is a must read for anyone interested in folklore and fairy tales but it is also a great read for anyone interested in the art of storytelling and its impact on culture, language and the way we see the world.

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Many of the tales included will be familiar to the casual reader but some will not be. Reading the collection gives you a great sense of the reach and breadth of folklore even as it reveals similarities and commonalities. I read them over a period of time rather than straight through but still acquired a sense of the scope of the work. It is a great way to familiarize yourself with these classic tales in their original splendor not through the eyes of Disney or popular culture. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm is a must read for anyone interested in folklore and fairy tales but it is also a great read for anyone interested in the art of storytelling and its impact on culture, language and the way we see the world.

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

DiCamillo’s simple yet poetic prose creates this atmosphere and fills the story with interesting characters who all play a role in the adventure. And despite knowing from very early on that this story is likely to have a happy ending you want to keep reading to find out exactly how each characters story plays out. There is a rhythm and flow that draws you forward despite much suspense or sense of danger. You are drawn forward by the character’s personality, history and emotions.

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

DiCamillo’s simple yet poetic prose creates this atmosphere and fills the story with interesting characters who all play a role in the adventure. And despite knowing from very early on that this story is likely to have a happy ending you want to keep reading to find out exactly how each characters story plays out. There is a rhythm and flow that draws you forward despite much suspense or sense of danger. You are drawn forward by the character’s personality, history and emotions.