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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)

This book is written in comic format and is a great wayto reintroduce teenagers to fairy tales.
2. For 9-12:

The Fairy Tales (Hardcover)

by Jan Pienkowski (Author & Illus)

I love Jan Pienkowski’s work. I first came across him in December 2008 when I laid my eyes on her pop up gift edition of The Nutcracker and have been seeking out his work ever since. There are only four fairy tales in here but the illustrations are magnificent and provide a story in their own right. The contrasting colours with large shadows and depth really provide a magical setting in a world where anything can and does happen.
Jan Pienkowski is also known for ‘Meg and Mog’, ‘The Thousand Nights and One Night’ ‘The First Christmas’
3. For 5-8:

Mixed Up Fairy Tales (Spiral-bound)

by Hilary Robinson (Author) and Nicki Sharratt (Illus)

I’ve always been fond of Sharratt’s illustrations from my own childhood. The colour and diversity he brings to each page is always astounding and he’s what I call a great all rounder in that he appeals to girls and boys and a range of ages. His true to life illustrations bring empathy and association for the reader in regards to the story.
The mixed up tales is a great concept  and will give kids a chance to learn the classic fairy tales in a fun and interactive way. The pages are split so that you can have the three bears wearing little red riding hood’s cape. Endless fun.
4. For 3-5:

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

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales
A stunning hardback collectors edition by the queen of fairy tale critical studies Maria Tatar. The cover I just adore and there are some great illustrations throughout. Contains all the classic fairy tales you might expect.

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