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Magical Wonder Tales

Author : Isabel Wyatt
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A collection of fifteen magical wonder tales from master storyteller Isabel Wyatt, for children aged seven and up.

Celtic Wonder Tales

Author : Ella Young
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This enchanting compilation of 14 folktales of Celtic magic and legend features illustrated retellings of "The Earth-Shapers," "The Cow of Plenty," "The Golden Fly," "The Children of Lir," other authentic tales.

Wonder Tales

Author : Marina Warner
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Marina Warner has gathered together a magical collection of fairy tales by the great women storytellers of the 17th and 18th centuries. These are passionate, extraordinary, and occasionally proto-feminist retellings of classic fairy stories by women who ingeniously used the fairy tale genre to comment on their own times and experiences. The stories are all in superb new translations by celebrated writers, including A. S. Byatt, Gilbert Adair and John Ashbery. With a brilliant intorduction by Marina Warner, recognised as one of our greatest experts on myth and fairy tale.

365 Stories and Rhymes

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Enjoy a different story every day of the year with this beautifully illustrated treasury. From traditional favourites to new tales, it is perfect for reading together or for children to read to themselves.

The Wonder Tales Volume One

Author : Nick Davis
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Once Upon a Time… What a magical phrase that opens up a story to wonder and adventure. The Wonder Tales Volume One is a collection of all ages fantastical fables that are set in a fantasy world of Once Upon a Time, in a Land Far, Far Away known as the Ninth Kingdom. It is a world of magic, of wonder, of vain Kings, noble Heroes, beautiful Princesses, Pirates, evil Witches, scary Monsters and one very unique and smart talking Horse… The Wonder Tales Volume One, The Archer, the Horse and Other Tales collects together the first six Wonder Tales. The Archer, the Horse and the Princess The Archer, the Horse and the Golden Braid The Daughter of Frost The Archer and the Flying Pirate Ship The Girl and the Troll The Archer, the Horse and the Forgotten Quest Bonus story – I Am Wolf Read these tales to your children, or you can let them explore the wonder of reading for themselves with these magical yarns of pure imagination.

Tales of Wonder and Magic

Author : Berlie Doherty
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This book contains tales from all round the world - from Australia to the Shetland Isles - full of strange and wonderful happenings. Some are happy stories, others haunting and sad, but all have the power to enchant and enthral.

Lord Dunsany s Tales of Wonder

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When in doubt about why the world is topsy-turvy or why humans can at times be so horrific with one another, it is always best to remember the words of Nietzsche who in trying to understand his fellowmen and his own place in the cosmos wisely stated, "Too long the earth has been a madhouse." Sadly, our old philosopher who himself went insane at the end of his life, is telling us a truism that is (and the pun is intended) too true. Indeed, the only way to make sense of life is to realize that it is ultimately senseless. I write this precisely because in a Darwinian universe (where the only presiding dictum is "survive long enough to pass on one's genetic code") we should be allowed-indeed encouraged-to have moments of ecstatic respite from the onslaughts of such a cruel and mindless existence. No wonder art and music have held such a deep and abiding fascination for us, regardless of our economic station in life. As Nietzsche opined, "Without music, life would be a mistake." To which I would add literature, sport, and or any diversion that provides us with a moment of unexpected bliss. We have been engaged far too long in moments of pain and suffering and anything that can offer us a glimpse of solace, of hope, of entertainment, is to be welcomed with open arms and open hearts. It is for this very reason that I am happy to announce that the MSAC Philosophy Group has decided to republish Lord Dunsany's remarkable book, Tales of Wonder that in this edition has the newly added subtitle, "Stories from a Magical World." "Lord Dunsany" was Edward Plunkett's pen name and he was a very successful author of numerous books, plays, and short stories. He possessed a remarkable imagination and created fantastical landscapes peopled with unique characters. To read his short stories is to be transported to another time and to another place and in the midst of it all to be enthralled with the marvel of it all. His creative method perhaps gives us a glimpse into this unusual man: "Dunsany's writing habits were considered peculiar by some. Lady Beatrice said that 'He always sat on a crumpled old hat while composing his tales.' (The hat was eventually stolen by a visitor to Dunsany Castle.) Dunsany almost never rewrote anything; everything he ever published was a first draft. Much of his work was penned with quill pens, which he made himself; Lady Beatrice was usually the first to see the writings, and would help type them. It has been said that Lord Dunsany would sometimes conceive stories while hunting, and would return to the Castle and draw in his family and servants to re-enact his visions before he set them on paper." It is our hope that this new edition will serve as an introduction for new readers to enjoy the timeless stories of Lord Dunsany.

World Folklore for Storytellers Tales of Wonder Wisdom Fools and Heroes

Author : Howard J Sherman
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Here is a treasury of favorite and little known tales from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Oceania, gracefully retold and accompanied by fascinating, detailed information of their historic and cultural backgrounds. The introduction provides an informative overview of folklore, its purpose in world cultures and in contemporary society and popular culture. Following this, the main sections of the book are arranged by tale type, covering wonder tales, hero tales, tales of kindness repaid and hope and redemption, and finally tales of fools and wise people. Each section begins by comparing the tales cross-culturally, explaining similarities and differences in the folkloric narratives. Tales from diverse cultures are then presented, introduced, and retold in a highly readable fashion.

A Tour of Fabletown

Author : Neta Gordon
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In 2002, Vertigo/DC Comics published the first issue of Bill Willingham’s Fables. The series imagined the lives of fairy tale figures—Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella and the ubiquitous Prince Charming, among many others—as they made new lives for themselves in modern-day New York City, having fled their storied homeworlds following an invasion. After 150 issues and many awards, Fables concluded its run in July 2015. This study, the first about the sprawling, complex series, discusses such topics as Fables’ status as a contemporary adaptation of folk and fairy tales; its use of conventional genres like sword-and-sorcery, crime and romance; its portrayal of social and political relationships; and its self-referential moments. Providing a detailed introduction to the themes and ideas in the series, the author explores how Fables portrays redemption, the function of community, and how our hopes and fears influence our ideal of “happily ever after.”

Wonder Tales

Author : Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Baron Dunsany
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"[Dunsany's] rich language, his cosmic point of view, his remote dream-worlds, and his exquisite sense of the fantastic, all appeal to me more than anything else in modern literature."--American author H. P. Lovecraft One of English literature's most original talents, Irish writer Edward J. M. D. Plunkett, the eighteenth Baron of Dunsany, created many of the best fantastic tales in the language. This collection of 33 stories includes all of the tales from two of his finest collections, including "The Three Sailors' Gambit," "The House of the Sphinx," "The Wonderful Window," "The Bad Old Woman in Black," "The Watch-Tower," "The Three Infernal Jokes," "The Secret of the Sea," and 26 other literary gems.

Wonder Tales from Wagner

Author : Anna Alice Chapin
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365 Stories and Rhymes

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Enjoy a different story every day of the year with this beautifully illustrated treasury. From traditional favourites to new tales, it is perfect for reading together or for children to read to themselves.

Folktales Retold

Author : Amie A. Doughty
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Folktales and fairy tales are living stories; as part of the oral tradition, they change and evolve as they are retold from generation to generation. In the last thirty years, however, revision has become an art form of its own, with tales intentionally revised to achieve humorous effect, send political messages, add different cultural or regional elements, try out new narrative voices, and more. These revisions take all forms, from short stories to novel-length narratives to poems, plays, musicals, films and advertisements. The resulting tales paint the tales from myriad perspectives, using the broad palette of human creativity. This study examines folktale revisions from many angles, drawing on examples primarily from revisions of Western European traditional tales, such as those of the Grimm Brothers and Charles Perrault. Also discussed are new folktales that combine traditional storylines with commentary on modern life. The conclusion considers how revisionists poke fun at and struggle to understand stories that sometimes made little sense to start with.

A Guide to Child Health

Author : Michaela Glöckler
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This acclaimed guide to children's physical, psychological and spiritual development is now available in a fourth revised edition. Combining up-to-date medical advice with issues of development and education, this is a definitive guide for parents. This is the book for anyone who has ever wanted a deeper understanding of their children's illnesses, or sought a more holistic approach to children's health. As well as comprehensively covering medical issues, it also discusses parenting techniques, education, spirituality and play -- a truly integrated approach to all aspects of raising healthy children in the broadest sense. The authors have over 20 years' experience treating children at Herdecke Hospital, Germany, which is run using anthroposophical principles. The fourth edition includes updates on treatments for tonsilitis, croup, sunstroke and headlice. The section on vaccinations includes the latest recommendations including measles, meningococcal and HPV. There is also a new section on electromagnetic pollution, including mobile (cell) phones.

Magical Horses

Author : Katherine Roberts
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Collects myths and legends about magical horses, including unicorns, Pegasus the winged horse, and the rainbow horses.

Indian Folk Tales

Author : Caroline Ness
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Rajahs, brahmins and tigers abound in evocative stories, retold with context notes and vibrant illustrations.

Handbook of American Folklore

Author : Richard Mercer Dorson
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Includes material on interpretation methods and presentation of research.

Once Upon a Time

Author : Marina Warner
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From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and children, for centuries. These fantastic stories have travelled across cultural borders, and been passed on from generation to generation, ever-changing, renewed with each re-telling. Few forms of literature have greater power to enchant us and rekindle our imagination than a fairy tale. But what is a fairy tale? Where do they come from and what do they mean? What do they try and communicate to us about morality, sexuality, and society? The range of fairy tales stretches across great distances and time; their history is entangled with folklore and myth, and their inspiration draws on ideas about nature and the supernatural, imagination and fantasy, psychoanalysis, and feminism. Marina Warner has loved fairy tales over a long writing life, and she explores here a multitude of tales through the ages, their different manifestations on the page, the stage, and the screen. From the phenomenal rise of Victorian and Edwardian literature to contemporary children's stories, Warner unfolds a glittering array of examples, from classics such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Sleeping Beauty, the Grimm Brothers' Hansel and Gretel, and Hans Andersen's The Little Mermaid, to modern-day realizations including Walt Disney's Snow White and gothic interpretations such as Pan's Labyrinth. In ten succinct chapters, Marina Warner digs into a rich hoard of fairy tales in their brilliant and fantastical variations, in order to define a genre and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history. Her book makes a persuasive case for fairy tale as a crucial repository of human understanding and culture.

The Wicked Wood Tales from the Tower Volume Two

Author : Isobelle Carmody
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In this companion to The Wilful Eye, six much-loved writers - Catherine Bateson, Victor Kelleher, Cate Kennedy, Maureen McCarthy, Nan McNab and Kate Thompson - give fresh voice to age-old stories of abandonment, desire and entrapment. Praise for Volume One: 'The writers in The Wilful Eye imbue all of their characters, including the villains, with a deep sense of psychological realism, producing often tender, engaging, and insightful results. Unnamed soldiers and hideous beasts are given a voice, even if that voice is at times unsettling, and wolves are still wolves, however they disguise themselves.' Australian Book Review 'sublime, with each tale landing a punch squarely between the old and the new, bewitching and terrifying.' Australian Bookseller & Publisher

Encyclopedia of Folk Heroes

Author : Graham Seal
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Entries describe the origins and deeds of folk heroes as they have existed in folktales, songs, oral tradition, and other folklore genres.