Monday, February 23, 2009

The Tales from Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

In this much anticipated book by J.K. Rowling, five "fairy tales" from the wizarding world are presented to readers.

While Rowling wrote the book, she actually made part of the storyline to be that the stories are actually "translated from ancient runes by Hermione Granger," "commentary by Albus Dumbldedore," with "Introduction, Notes, and Illustrations by J.K. Rowling."

So, each of these stories have a different "moral" and meaning that kids who grew up in the wizarding world grew up listening to, just as the stories that we all know by heart, like Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty.

The stories, which range from stories about not cheating death, being nice to others, to about love.

What I Thought:
This is a very interesting book. I am a fan of the Harry Potter series and was excited to read this book. I very much enjoyed reading the actual tales, though the commentary by Dumbledore proved to be challenging and felt like I was reading an academic journal for a research paper. (Which I am sure that fits in to Rowling's overall vision of the book, but I wasn't in the mood for that at the time.)

Anyway, this book is a must read for Harry Potter fans.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: The Tales from Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling.

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