Best-Loved Folktales of the World

Best-Loved Folktales of the World

by Joanna Cole


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This collection of over two hundred folk and fairy tales from all over the world is the only edition that encompasses all cultures. Arranged geographically by region—West and East Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia, and Northern Europe, Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, Africa, North America, the Carribean and West Indies, and Central and South America—and lovingly selected from the personal favorites of folklorists and writers, this book is a major anthology in its field.
Gathered together in this wide-ranging collection are familiar classics like "Snow-White" and "Sleeping Beauty," and stories that equal them from all major cultures. Together they offer magic, adventure, laughter, reflection, vivid images, and a throng of colorful characters. More important, they offer insight into the oral traditions of different cultures and deal with universal human dilemmas that span differences of age, culture, and geography. Animal fables, proverbs, ghost  stories, funny tales, and tales of enchantment provide a unique reading experience for all ages.
A category index groups the tales by plot and character, e.g., humorous, supernatural, and "pourquoi" tales, married couples, enchanted sweethearts, etc. Like all great literature, these tales can be read with fascination on many levels, making Best-Loved Folktales of the World a classic and enduring collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385189491
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/09/1983
Series: Anchor Folktale Library Series
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 229,363
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Joanna Cole has taught elementary school, worked with a news magazine, and was for several years a senior editor of children’s books. Today she is a full-time author writing for children. She is best known as the author of the Magic School Bus series. She has written more than 90 nonfiction and fiction books for children, and she is the winner of the 1991 Washington Post /Children's Book Guild Nonfiction award for the body of her work. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

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slightlyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a great collection of Fairy tales. It is cut up into groups around the world as to where they were written/based. I used to read one story every night before bed. They are wonderful short stories and it is no wonder so many of them are cherished and loved.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful anthology of folktales from around the world. It's amazing! The stories are told in all variants of styles, lifted directly from other sources. It covers the six habitable continents, sometimes going into more detail (east Europe, west Europe, British Isles, etc.). It's a wonderful book to just pick up and read a few stories from. My sister is attempting to go through it methodically, but I prefer the approach I had when I was a really little girl--pick a tale that suits your fancy and read! Whatever you choose, it is well worth it.C.
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