>THe Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Publication: Children’s High Level Group, 157 pages.
Genre: Fairy Tales, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, Witchcraft and Wizardry,
Reader’s Annotation: The fairy tales told in the Harry Potter world can now be read by Muggles. If you wondered what wizard parents tuck their children in with then this is for you.
Plot Summary: In five short stories readers can experience fairy tales from the wizardry realm. The most important part of these adapted stories is the background of the tales. The book is full of annotations from Professor Dumbledore himself, which enlighten muggles about the what’s and why’s of these fairy tales and fables.
Critical Evaluation: For those wanting to hang onto the world of Harry Potter this is a nice littler piece of it. Little being the main issue. The stories are short and the book is over much faster than anyone would like. The best part are the annotations from Dumbledore whose presence and personality come through magnificently in these annotations
Do wizards have fairy tales, since everything in our fairy tales seems to be real in their world?
What kind of lessons are pointed out in these tales to young wizard children?
Curriculum Ties: .
Reading Level/Interest Age: 14+
Why did I choose this book: I was in Germany when this was released initially and seeing at the library while perusing the young adult section, I couldn’t resist another piece of the Potter Puzzle.
Challenge Issues: The inclusion of magic and witchcraft can be seen negatively by some.
About the Author: J.K. Rowling published this book under the publishing direction of her new charity, CHLG, Children’s High Level Group. The purpose of the charity is to provide a better world for underprivileged children in developing countries.