by J K Rowling Book : Fiction : Juvenile audience  |  1st ed
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Lessons Learned From Fables   (2009-05-17)
Rowling, J.K. ~ The Tales of Beedle the Bard ~ Scholastic, 2007 ~ 107 pages ~ children, some tweens, some teens, some adults.
"The tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches."
Given the attention that the author and title have received, the Tales are likely to be found in nearly every children's collection. While there is linkage to the Harry Potter World in the Dumbledore commentary following each of the five stories, the Tales do not really illuminate the earlier series. Each tale is written as a fairy tale or perhaps a fable where a short story clearly communicates certain truths, where good actions are rewarded and bad ones warrant punishment or worse.
Stories are fairly short, about ten pages each, with large print and generous white space so that they are easily and quickly read. The Dumbledore commentaries are about the same length, commenting on the value and history of the story in an opinionated matter. These perspectives are a bit more complicated and are the part of the collection most likely to interest Harry Potter readers.
The cover art is by Mary GrandPre and shows vignettes from the five stories. It is attractive and links this work to those about Potter. The interior illustrations are by Rowling. They are simple, appropriate sketches well tied to each story.
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