marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

still more books of beings

More by Ruth Manning-Sanders. Fairy tales about the world, with country sources (but no more) and nice illustrations, retold for children.

A Book of Ghosts and Goblins
What with the ghosts, this is less pure fairy tale and more -- well, ghost stories. Even the goblin ones are more to the haunting side. Some pure fairy tales, like "The Three Silver Balls" and "Papa Greatnose."

A Book of Ogres and Trolls
Fairy tales with ogres (mostly evil) and trolls (both good and evil) and even the only beneficent stepmother I've seen in fairy tales. The characters have to steal things back from them, or use their aid to deal with problems, or work for them and triumph.

A Book Of Devils and Demons
An interesting collection of tales. We have some that are clearly ogre or troll figures with a new name down to sometimes being beneficent, some where there's a veneer of actual diabolical element, such as the hero outwitting them by threatening to build a church at the gates of Hell, which will keep them in. A wide variety of tales.

A Book of Monsters
All ugly, some evil, some not, some just enchanted humans. A wolf that threatens to eat the hero when, it turns out they are brothers in law, a tale where the heroine's father picks a singing leaf, waiting up to greet a guest, and more.

A Book of Charms and Changelings
All sorts of transformations. Not just a pure changeling tale, of which there is one in the collection. There's also a little girl turned to a lamb by her stepmother, a goat getting married, and more.

A Book of Sorcerers and Spells
A description that allows virtually every fairy tale to past muster. So we have the man set off on an impossible quest because the tsar wants his beautiful and magical wife; a tower-imprisoned stepmother cursing her stepson with the aid of a raven; three young Ivans born after their mothers ate a magical fish, and more.
Tags: children's books, fairy tale reviews

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