Every Tuesday, I will pick five of the best….(insert category here) within the children’s literature category. This week I have chosen five of the best fairy tale collections and anthologies.
If you want to join this weekly meme you can comment about your favourite collections or choose five of your favourite….(insert category here) and post it on your own blog.
I’m working on getting a proper graphic on this so keep a look out.
I’ve chosen the Grimm’s fairy tales (amongst others) as I used their work as my point of study on my dissertation and believe their work ia a true representation on the meaning and importance of fairy tales. As much as we would like to believe their happily ever after scenario, there is a lot to be said about the suitability of these tales for children. Their origins come from a long way back, sourcing chinese traditions for Cinderella’s shoe and womanhood for Little Red’s cape.
Nevertheless, these editions I have chosen for #tuesdaychoosings have been adapted for younger readers whilst still maintaining the fantastical stories and morals.
1. For young adults:
Definitely Not for Little Ones: Some Very Grimm Fairy-Tale Comics (Hardcover)
by Rotraut Susanna Berner (Illus) and Shelley Tanaka (Trans)
The Fairy Tales (Hardcover)
by Jan Pienkowski (Author & Illus)
Mixed Up Fairy Tales (Spiral-bound)
by Hilary Robinson (Author) and Nicki Sharratt (Illus)
Usborne Illustrated Fairy Tales (Anthologies & Treasuries) (Hardcover)
by Rosie Dickins
This is a beautiful padded hardback collection of fairy tales that you can read with your child. The illustrations are magical and will draw the reader in to the whimsy of the tale. Soft bright colours are used throughout so the stories are not too frightening for the reader yet the use of dark colours and shadows makes it clear who the bad person is in each of the tales. As this is for young readers, the tales have been adapted to include a happily ever after scenario. Beautiful.
5. For a gift to treasure throughout the years:
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales (Hardcover)
by Maria Tatar