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The ordinary and the fabulous: an introduction to myths, legends and fairy tales for teachers and storytellers.

Author: Elizabeth Cook
Publisher: London, Cambridge U.P., 1969.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Cook
ISBN: 0521073464 9780521073462 0521095867 9780521095860
OCLC Number: 22546
Description: x, 152 pages 23 cm
Contents: I. Myths, legends and fairy tales in the lives of children --
1. Past and present fashions --
2. Significances and values --
3. Children's likes and dislikes --
II From eight to fourteen: a choice of myths, legends and fairy tales for different ages --
1. The Greek myths and legends --
2. The Northern myths and legends --
3. The Arthurian romances --
4. A note on Celtic myths and on the Old Testament --
5. Fairy tales --
III. Presentation and creation in the classroom --
1. A note on names --
2. The visual image and the historical setting --
3. Words, colours, shapes and movements --
IV. The language and temper of fabulous storytelling: a critical examination of seven crucial scenes described in children's books and in translations of original sources --
1. Media bewitches the serpent while Jason snatches the Golden Fleece from the Grove of Ares --
2. Odysseus is driven by storm from the coast of Phaeacia --
3. The golden touch of King Midas --
4. The lair of Grendel's mother, and Beowulf's fight with her beneath the waters of the lake --
5. Gawain's winter journey, and his first sight of the Green Knight's castle on Christmas Eve --
6. Cinderella's sisters get ready for a ball --
7. The courtiers of the Emperor of China look for the real nightingale, and the artificial nightingale takes her place --
Short list of books --
The Greek myths and legends --
The Northern myths and legends --
The Arthurian romances --
Fairy tales --
Books on children's books --
The use of fabulous stories in children's writing, painting, drama and dance --
The interpretation of myth, legends and fairy tale --
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