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FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM by Neil Philip

FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM

By Neil Philip (Editor) , Isabelle Brent (Illustrator)

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-670-87290-3
Publisher: Viking

 A lovely edition of tales that hearkens back to the stories' roots in oral telling and wordplay. Philip (In a Sacred Manner I Live, p. 1034, etc.) writes an introduction to these tales, describing in simple terms how the Grimms collected their material and worked it for publication, mentioning their lives as scholars of the German language. Making their customary appearances in the 20 stories are Rapunzel, Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, and the Musicians of Bremen as well as lesser known characters, among them the Gold Children and Mother Snow. The selections have the rough edges of traditional folktales. Philip's attempts to capture the cadence of oral telling ranges from the colorful--``common or garden bright won't do. I want a real clever-clogs'' and ``he might as well have saved his breath to cool his porridge''--to the contemporary (and jarring) ``fine by me.'' Brent's illustrations, which consist of full-page, full- color images as well as pretty little vignettes to close most of the stories, are framed in patterns inspired by gothic architecture and illumination; every page has a delicate blue-and-gold edge. For collections that need yet one more Grimm, this is a good choice to hand to middle graders who are starting to think they are too old for fairy tales. (Folklore. 9-12)