Bestselling Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths Books for Teen & Young Adults

Here are the top 30 bestselling fairy tales, folk tales & myths books for teen & young adults. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Drawing Dragons: Learn How to Create Fantastic Fire-Breathing Dragons

by: Sandra Staple
Release date: May 28, 2008
Number of Pages: 160
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LEARN TO DRAW DRAGONS
In easy-to-follow, step-by-step detail, Drawing Dragons teaches you all the tricks and techniques you’ll need to create your own amazing dragons. You’ll discover how to draw all types of dragons using nothing but a pencil. Drawing Dragons shows how to bring to life fierce warriors and bearded ancients as well as baby hatchlings and protective mothers. It also features a special section on adding claws, scales, horns, jewels and other unique details to your dragons.

Learn to draw:
? Ferocious, attacking dragons
?Graceful sea dragons
?Fire-breathing flying dragons
?Wise, thoughtful dragons

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Arts & Photography > Drawing

2. The Sorcerer’s Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

by: Allan Zola Kronzek
Release date: Oct 19, 2010
Number of Pages: 384
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The New York Times bestseller, now fully updated to include the complete seven-volume series.

Who was the real Nicholas Flamel? How did the Sorcerer’s Stone get its power? Did J. K. Rowling dream up the terrifying basilisk, the seductive veela, or the vicious grindylow? And if she didn’t, who did?

Millions of readers around the world have been enchanted by the magical world of wizardry, spells, and mythical beasts inhabited by Harry Potter and his friends. But what most readers don’t know is that there is a centuries-old trove of true history, folklore, and mythology behind Harry’s fantastic universe. Now, with The Sorcerer’s Companion, those without access to the Hogwarts Library can school themselves in the fascinating reality behind J. K. Rowling’s world of magic.

Newly updated to include Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Sorcerer’s Companion allows curious readers to look up anything magical from the Harry Potter books and discover a wealth of entertaining, unexpected information. Wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology, all have astonishing histories rooted in legend, literature, or real-life events dating back hundreds or even thousands of years. Magic wands, like those sold in Rowling’s Diagon Alley, were once fashioned by Druid sorcerers out of their sacred yew trees. Love potions were first concocted in ancient Greece and Egypt. And books of spells and curses were highly popular during the Middle Ages. From Amulets to Zombies, you’ll also learn:
• how to read tea leaves
• where to find a basilisk today
• how King Frederick II of Denmark financed a war with a unicorn horn
• who the real Merlin was
• how to safely harvest mandrake root
• who wore the first invisibility cloak
• how to get rid of a goblin
• why owls were feared in the ancient world
• what really lies beyond the Veil
• the origins of our modern-day “bogeyman,” and more.

A spellbinding tour of Harry’s captivating world, The Sorcerer’s Companion is a must for every Potter aficionado’s bookshelf.


The Sorcerer’s Companion has not been prepared, approved, or licensed by any person or entity that created, published, or produced the Harry Potter books or related properties.

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Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism > Genres & Styles > Children’s Literature

3. I Hate Fairyland Volume 2: Fluff My Life

by: Skottie Young
Release date: Dec 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 144
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All hail Gertrude, the new Queen of Fairyland. After thirty years of wreaking havoc across this magical world to find her way back home, she must now overcome her biggest challenge yet… ruling the place she hates most. Join Gert as she continues her never-ending quest to get the FLUFF out of Fairyland. The hilariously brutal Fairytale adventure continues by superstar cartoonist SKOTTIE YOUNG.
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Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Fantasy

4. American Indian Myths and Legends (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

by: Richard ErdoesRichard ErdoesAlfonso OrtizAlfonso Ortiz
Release date: Aug 12, 1985
Number of Pages: 527
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This magnificent collection gathers 160 tales from 80 tribal gathers to offer a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage. From all across the continent come tales of creation and love, of heroes and war, of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and master storyteller, Indian voices in the best folkloric sources of the nineteenth century to make this the most comprehensive and authentic volume of American Indian myths available anywhere.

With black-and-white drawings throughout
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

5. Favorite Folktales from Around the World (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

by: Jane Yolen
Release date: Aug 12, 1988
Number of Pages: 498
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Here between two covers you will find an inexhaustible source of delight for children and adults alike: the world’s best folktales, chosen by the internationally known storyteller Jane Yolen. Over 150 tales are compiled from Iceland to Syria, Cuba to Papua.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Anthologies

6. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

by: Maria Tatar
Release date: Oct 14, 2002
Number of Pages: 445
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Not since Bruno Bettelheim’s The Uses of Enchantment has there been such an illuminating contribution to the world of children’s fairy tales.

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a remarkable treasure trove, a work that celebrates the best-loved tales of childhood and presents them through the vision of Maria Tatar, a leading authority in the field of folklore and children’s literature. Into the woods with Little Red Riding Hood, up the beanstalk with Jack, and down through the depths of the ocean with the Little Mermaid, this volume takes us through many of the familiar paths of our folkloric heritage. Gathering together twenty-five of our most cherished fairy tales, including enduring classics like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” ” ,” and “Bluebead,” Tatar expertly guides readers through the stories, exploring their historical origins, their cultural complexities, and their psychological effects. Offering new translations of the non-English stories by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, or Charles Perrault, Tatar captures the rhythms of oral storytelling and, with an extraordinary collection of over 300 often rare, mostly four-color paintings and drawings by celebrated illustrators such as Gustave Doré, George Cruikshank, and Maxfield Parrish, she expands our literary and visual sensibilities. As Tatar shows, few of us are aware of how profoundly fairy tales have influenced our culture. Disseminated across a wide variety of historical and contemporary media ranging from opera and drama to cinema and advertising, they constitute a vital part of our storytelling capital. What has kept them alive over the centuries is exactly what keeps life pulsing with vitality and variety: anxieties, fears, desires, romance, passion, and love. Up close and personal, fairy tales tell us about the quest for romance and riches, for power and privilege, and, most importantly, they show us a way out of the woods back to the safety and security of home. Challenging the notion that fairy tales should be read for their moral values and used to make good citizens of little children, Tatar demonstrates throughout how fairy tales can be seen as models for navigating reality, helping children to develop the wit and courage needed to survive in a world ruled by adults. This volume seeks to reclaim this powerful cultural legacy, presenting the stories that we all think we know while at the same time providing the historical contexts that unlock the mysteries of the tales. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales is a volume that will rank as one of the finest fairy tale collections in many decades, a provocative and original work to be treasured by students, parents, and children. Over 300 often rare, mostly four-color paintings and drawings by celebrated illustrators

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Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism > Movements & Periods

7. The Forbidden Wish

by: Jessica Khoury
Release date: Feb 23, 2016
Number of Pages: 352
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“Lush, romantic, and exquisitely written . . . a rare, glittering jewel of a novel.”—Sarah J. Maas, author of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series

“This is Aladdin like you’ve never imagined.”—Renée Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world. . . .
 
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. ??
 
But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?
 
As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of the Aladdin story from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths

8. Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales

by: Nelson Mandela
Release date: Oct 17, 2007
Number of Pages: 144
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A cause for celebration, and a landmark work that gathers in one volume many of Africa’s most cherished folktales.

In these beloved stories we meet a Kenyan lion named Simba, a snake with seven heads, and tricksters from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena, and we learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. Creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. Whether warning children about the dangers of disobedience or demonstrating that the underdog can, and often does, win, these stories, through their depiction of wise animals as well as evil monsters, are universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical. Translated from their original languages?Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, and many others?these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.

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Literature & Fiction > Short Stories & Anthologies > Short Stories

9. Never Never

by: Brianna Shrum
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 368
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James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child – at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy

10. Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

by: Moss Roberts
Release date: Jul 12, 1980
Number of Pages: 288
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This fresh and elegant translation of one hundred tales from twenty-five centuries of Chinese literature opens up a magical world far from our customary haunts. Illustrated with woodcuts.

With black-and-white drawings throughout
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical > Cultural Heritage

11. The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions)

by: Jack Zipes
Release date: Nov 02, 2000
Number of Pages: 1008
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The first edition of its kind, The Great Fairy Tale Tradition is indispensable for students of fairy tales.

The tales?116 in all?are thematically grouped. Each grouping is introduced and annotated by Jack Zipes, the genre’s reigning expert. Twenty illustrations accompany the texts.

“Criticism” includes seven important assessments of different aspects of the fairy tale tradition, written by W. G. Waters, Benedetto Croce, Lewis Seifert, Patricia Hannon, Harry Velten, Siegfried Neumann, and Jack Zipes.

Brief biographies of the storytellers and a Selected Bibliography are included.

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Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism > Movements & Periods

12. Best-Loved Folktales of the World (The Anchor folktale library)

by: Joanna Cole
Release date: Aug 09, 1983
Number of Pages: 816
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A collection of over 200 folk and fairy tales from all over the world, this is the only edition that encompasses all cultures. Arranged geographically by region, this book also includes category index groups that list the stories by plot and character.
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Children’s Books

13. African Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

by: Roger Abrahams
Release date: Aug 12, 1983
Number of Pages: 384
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Nearly 100 stories from over 40 tribe-related myths of creation, tales of epic deeds, ghost stories and tales set in both the animal and human realms.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

14. The Outlaws of Sherwood

by: Robin Mckinley
Release date: May 13, 2002
Number of Pages: 352
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Robin Longbow is a sub-apprentice forester in Sherwood Forest, barely eking out a living-and barely able to control his temper when he is confronted by the taunts of the Chief Forester’s favorite. One careless shot, and he has killed the man. From then on, Robin is on the run-but he is not alone. Joined first by his friends Much and Marian, then by more and more people who despise the Norman lords who tax them blind, Robin builds a community of Saxon outlaws deep in Sherwood who risk the gallows and the sword for the sake of justice and freedom.

“In the tradition of T. H. White’s reincarnation of King Arthur, a novel that brings Robin Hood . . . delightfully to life!” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

15. Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters

by: Vegard SvingenØyvind Skogly PedersenHåkon Lystad
Release date: May 11, 2015
Number of Pages: 246
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“Freddy Fumple and the Mindmonsters is most highly recommended. Marvelous!”
– Readers’ Favorite (5/5 STAR REVIEW)

Freddy Fumple’s world is about to turn upside down, in this nail-biting, thought-bursting, hilarious and spectacular adventure that will enthrall you from beginning to end.

Freddy Fumple is not like most other people. For one, he sees things that others can’t see. What is more, he likes to ponder upon a very special question: «How far is infinity?»

When he and the rest of his family move to an old house out in the country, everything is about to change. Soon Freddy is on the verge of discovering a world beyond his wildest dreams. A world that desperately needs his help. An adventurous place where he finally can get an answer to his giant question.

Providing, of course, his neighbor doesn’t make stew out of him first.
And that he manages to help the confused ghost which is poltergeisting his new room.

And avoids being devoured by the terrifying mindmonsters.
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Children’s Books > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > European

16. A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

by: Michael CunninghamYuko Shimizu
Release date: Nov 10, 2015
Number of Pages: 144
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Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours

A poisoned apple and a monkey’s paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan’s wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away?the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder?are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation.
Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother’s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse, or this true.

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Literature & Fiction > Short Stories & Anthologies > Short Stories

17. Fables (Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics)

by: AesopStephen GoodenRoger L’Estrange
Release date: Nov 03, 1992
Number of Pages: 336
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Aesop is said to have lived in the sixth century B.C., a slave on the Greek island of Samos. The eternally entertaining tales attributed to him–in which the fates of sly foxes, wicked wolves, industrious ants, and others, suggest what our own behaviors should (or should not) be–have been universal “best-sellers” since before L’Estrange’s definitive 1692 English translation. Gooden’s superb engravings were first published in 1936 in a limited edition.
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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Classics

18. Irish Folktales (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

by: Henry GlassieFrancine Kass
Release date: Feb 11, 1997
Number of Pages: 368
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Robust and funny, sorrowful and heroic, this collection of 125 lively tales tells the story of Ireland. Spanning the centuries from the first wars of the ancient Irish kings through the Celtic Renaissance of Yeats to our own time, they are set in cities, villages, fields and forestsfrom the wild Gaelic western coast to the modern streets of Dublin and Belfast.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Folklore

19. Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights (Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics)

by: W. Heath Robinson
Release date: May 11, 1993
Number of Pages: 368
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For the past two hundred years, Western readers, young and old alike, have been transported to the fabulous Orient by means of these remarkable stories, in which the everyday mingles on an equal footing with the uncanny and the miraculous. Accompanying the text are illustrations by W. Heath Robinson, which are themselves miracles of visual and imaginative sympathy.
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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Classics

20. The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale)

by: Melanie Dickerson
Release date: Jul 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 461
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After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse far deadlier consequences”

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Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Historical

21. Native Plant Stories

by: Joseph Bruchac
Release date: Mar 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 160
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These mythical stories draw upon legends from eighteen Native American tribes and illustrate the importance of plant life in Native American traditions.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Environment

22. 12 Books in 1: Andrew Lang’s Complete “Fairy Book” Series. The Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive, and Lilac … and Fairy Stories From Around The World.

by: Andrew Lang
Release date: Jun 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 828
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Fairy tales are the oldest stories in the world. They were first made by adults who were childlike for their own amusement, and so they amuse children still, and also grown-up people who have not forgotten how they once were children. The stories in these books are borrowed from many countries; some are French, some German, some Russian, some Italian, some Scottish, some English, one Chinese. However much these nations differ about trifles, they all agree in liking fairy tales. The reason, no doubt, is that men were much like children in their minds long ago, long, long ago, and so before they took to writing newspapers, and sermons, and novels, and long poems, they told each other stories, such as you read in the fairy books. They believed that witches could turn people into beasts, that beasts could speak, that magic rings could make their owners invisible, and all the other wonders in the stories. Then, as the world became grown-up, the fairy tales which were not written down would have been quite forgotten but that the old grannies remembered them, and told them to the little grandchildren: and when they, in their turn, became grannies, they remembered them, nd told them also. In this way these tales are older than reading and writing, far older than printing. (Unexpurgated edition of Andrew Lang’s Complete “Fairy Book” Series, including The Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Pink, Grey, Violet, Crimson, Brown, Orange, Olive, and Lilac Fairy Books. “The Rose Fairy Book” is not included in this anthology, because the stories it contains can be found in the Grey, Brown, Pink, Lilac and Orange Fairy Books.)
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Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales

23. Rumplestiltskin: Faerie Tale Collection

by: Jenni James
Release date: Mar 05, 2013
Number of Pages: 228
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A young prince crippled by a witch— When Fredrico watches his cruel family mourn his false death and announce to the kingdom their cursed prince has died, is the day he truly embraces his new life and new name Rumplestiltskin. How could he be known by anything else? —His skin is completely rumpled and stilted now. He hides away from the king and queen and grows up as a crippled servant in the castle. Years later, his younger brother, Marcus, becomes king and humors Aubrynn’s father when he boasts that his daughter can turn straw into gold. Intrigued Marcus locks the distraught maiden in a tower and declares to the kingdom that if she can transform the straw, he will marry her, but if she cannot he will kill her father. Rumplestiltskin is determined to help Aubrynn save her father and marry the king. Now, if only he can remember to keep his real identity a secret and not fall in love with her himself…
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24. Fábulas de Esopo (Spanish Edition)

by: Aesop
Release date: May 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 288
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El nombre de Esopo se utiliza para abarcar una larga tradición de fábulas que configuran de algún modo el origen del imaginario moral de la cultura europea. En el presente volumen recogemos, en la nueva y luminosa traducción, todas las fábulas de tradición esópica que, con variada procedencia, fueron concebidas en griego.
Protagonizados por animales, estos pequeños y memorables cuentos, nos muestran, hoy como ayer, las tensiones, las miserias, el esplendor, la felicidad y el miedo del alma humana.

Sobre esta edición
El nombre de Esopo sirve para reunir una larga tradición, de origen diverso y aún muy discutido, de fábulas que recorren tanto la literatura griega como la latina. En el presente volumen nos hemos limitado a traducir solo aquellas fábulas esópicas escritas en griego, lo que supone la inclusión de la llamada Colección Augustana o Recensión I, con los añadidos posteriores, así como las escritas, a finales del siglo i d.C., por el helenizado poeta romano
Babrio, las extraídas de la novela griega del siglo ii d.C. Vida de Esopo, las añadidas por otros autores, como Pseudo Dositeo, Pseudo Aftonio y Pseudo Syntipas, las de los cuartetos bizantinos, las del llamado Códice Laurentiano y, finalmente, fábulas citadas por diferentes autores, en cuyo caso hemos indicado la procedencia entre corchetes.
La traducción se ha hecho de acuerdo a la siguiente edición: Aesopica, B. E. Perry ed., University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago, 1952.

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Literature & Fiction > Classics

25. Sleeping Beauty: Faerie Tale Collection

by: Jenni James
Release date: Feb 19, 2013
Number of Pages: 232
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The sleeping girl has no idea she is asleep. After Aleyna witnessed the cruel deaths of her family, she was put to sleep by Ezralon the unicorn. He has been keeping her safe, hidden in the forest, until her true prince could come and rescue her. While Aleyna is protected in the forest, her spirit walks the halls of her ruined, deserted castle in a dream-like existence, believing everything is still perfect. However, she is halted in this state—almost as if time were frozen—until the prince awakens her. Prince Darién of Lybrooke Court loves a challenge as much as the next man, but believes it will be a fool’s errand to rescue a ghost who is already dead! He’s convinced no one could have survived sleeping thirty years, so what is the point of rescuing a girl who is quite content to haunt on her own? Of course, if Darién wasn’t so afraid of ghouls, this whole thing could be much easier to fathom…
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Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Collections & Anthologies

26. Grimm’s Grimmest

by: Wilhelm GrimmJacob GrimmMaria TatarTracy Arah DockrayMaria Tatar
Release date: Aug 11, 2005
Number of Pages: 144
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Murder, kidnapping, cruel and unusual punishment, violent revenge these are not the bedtime stories mummy used to read. Newly reissued with a fresh cover, Grimm’s Grimmest presents nineteen original, unsanitized, wholly unholy tales as they were first collected by the Brothers Grimm circa 1822 all fiendishly illustrated. The tales harken back to a time when travelers risked roasting or worse, and bad manners yielded frightful consequences. An insightful introduction makes sense of the mayhem, shedding light on how the Grimm brothers went from macabre to mainstream in fairly short order. From the true horror of Aschenputtel (the original Cinderella story) to Rapunzel’s dark secret, Grimm’s Grimmest features the authentic stories born long ago in the land of the Black Forest, at a time when fairy tales never ended happily ever after.
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Literature & Fiction > Classics

27. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales 3-volume set

by: Donald Haase Ph.D.
Release date: Dec 30, 2007
Number of Pages: 1240
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Folk and fairy tales exist in all cultures and are at the heart of civilization. This massive Encyclopedia gives students and general readers a broad, multicultural survey of folk and fairy tales from around the world. Included are hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries written by numerous expert contributors. Entries cover themes and motifs, individuals, characters and character types, national traditions, genres, and a range of other topics. Each entry cites works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources. Literature students will welcome this book as an aid to understanding and analyzing folk and fairy tales as literary forms, while social studies students will appreciate it as an exploration of the essence of world cultures.

Folk and fairy tales exist in all cultures and are at the heart of civilization. The most comprehensive work of its kind, this massive Encyclopedia gives students and general readers a broad, accessible, multicultural survey of folk and fairy tales from around the world. Edited by one of the foremost authorities on the subject, the Encyclopedia draws on the work of numerous expert contributors and covers a broad range of themes and motifs, characters and character types, genres, individuals, national traditions, and other topics.

Entry topics were chosen in consultation with a nine-member Advisory Board that includes some of the most prominent scholars currently pursuing the study of folk and fairy tales, such as Professor Jack Zipes of the University of Minnesota, whose work has revolutionized research on fairy tales.

Entries cite works for further reading, and the Encyclopedia closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources. Literature students will value this book as an aid to understanding and analyzing folk and fairy tales as literary forms, while social studies students will appreciate the book’s examination of the foundations of world cultures. And because many of these tales continue to influence films, television, and popular culture, general readers will welcome the Encyclopedia as a means of understanding the modern world.

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Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism > Genres & Styles > Children’s Literature

28. Avenging: Book Three in The Rising Series

by: Holly Kelly
Release date: Apr 21, 2015
Number of Pages: 354
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Two thousand years ago, King Triton witnessed the slaughter and total annihilation of his merchildren. He vowed then and there to never again father a child. Powerful and eternally youthful, Triton was no stranger to seduction. But his resolve was unwavering?until he met Nicole. Unable to resist the human woman, he found himself swept up in her arms. When he finally came to his senses, he abandoned her to return to his refuge in the sea.

Twenty years later, he comes face to face with his daughter. Triton is both thrilled and frightened to learn he’s a father. Meeting the child he never knew fills a void in his life. But at the same time, he once again finds his heart at risk. Even more terrifying, he’s forced to admit he’s still in love with Nicole. Gathering his courage, he leaves the sea to seek her out. But the pain he caused is not easily forgotten. And mending broken hearts should be the least of his worries. The elements are in commotion, threatening the utter destruction of mankind. And much to the sea god’s surprise, the human woman he loves may be the key to saving them all.

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Literature & Fiction > United States

29. Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale

by: Marina Warner
Release date: Sep 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 232
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From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and children, for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders and been passed on from generation to generation, ever-changing, renewed with each re-telling. Few forms of literature have greater power to enchant us and rekindle our imagination than a fairy tale.

But what is a fairy tale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they try and communicate to us about morality, sexuality, and society? The range of fairy tales stretches across great distances and time; their history is entangled with folklore and myth and their inspiration draws on ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism.

Marina Warner has loved fairy tales over a long writing life and in Once Upon a Time, she explores a multitude of tales through the ages, their different manifestations on the page, the stage, and the screen. From the phenomenal rise of Victorian and Edwardian literature to contemporary children’s stories, Warner unfolds a glittering array of examples, from classics such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty, the Grimm Brothers’ Hansel and Gretel, and Hans Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, to modern-day realizations including Walt Disney’s Snow White and gothic interpretations such as Pan’s Labyrinth.

In 10 succinct chapters, Marina Warner digs into a rich hoard of fairy tales in their brilliant and fantastical variations in order to define a genre and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history. Her book makes a persuasive case for fairy tale as a crucial repository of human understanding and culture.

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Literature & Fiction > History & Criticism > Movements & Periods

30. Descending (The Rising Series)

by: Holly Kelly
Release date: Apr 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 358
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When Xanthus cashes in a long-standing favor, Kyros is faced with doing two things he thought he’d never do–protect a mermaid and live on land. Dagonians loathe mermaids and Sara, Xanthus’s wife, is no exception. Also, a Dagonian standing on human legs? It’s just not natural!
 
As if being around the vile creatures responsible for polluting his home and killing his sister wasn’t horrible enough, Kyros has to deal with Sara’s troublesome human friend, Gretchen. This spunky human tries his patience and makes him feel things he shouldn’t be feeling–least of all for a land-walker! When Gretchen’s life is threatened, he is forced to become her protector. But there are two problems. First, how can he fight his attraction to her when he must keep her close? And second, when a mermaid wants you dead, no one can be trusted. Not even the ones you love.
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Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales

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