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The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Warlock's Hairy Heart," "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump," and of course, "The Tale of the Three Brothers." But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

The stories are accompanied by delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by Ms. Rowling herself, featuring a still-life frontispiece for each one. Professor Dumbledore's commentary — apparently written some eighteen months before his death — reveals not just his vast knowledge of Wizarding lore, but also more of his personal qualities: his sense of humor, his courage, his pride in his abilities, and his hard-won wisdom. Names familiar from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle the pages, including Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, and Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (or "Nearly Headless Nick"), as well as other professors at Hogwarts and the past owners of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore tells us of incidents unique to the Wizarding world, like hilariously troubled theatrical productions at Hogwarts or the dangers of having a "hairy heart." But he also reveals aspects of the Wizarding world that his Muggle readers might find all too familiar, like censorship, intolerance, and questions about the deepest mysteries in life.

Altogether, this is an essential addition to our store of knowledge about the world and the magic that J. K. Rowling has created, and a book every true Harry Potter fan will want to have for their shelves.

This purchase also represents another very important form of giving: From every sale of this book, Scholastic will give its net proceeds to the Children's High Level Group, a charity co-founded in 2005 by J. K. Rowling and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, MEP. CHLG campaigns to protect and promote children's rights and make life better for vulnerable young people.

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"Under the Bard's spell, readers will forget at least briefly the tsunami of bad news and find themselves happy and entertained....The book's first tale again reveals why Rowling is a genius with words, blessed with wisdom, a sly wit and an effortless prose style." USA Today

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"[B]reezy and enjoyable....Even those who have never read a Potter book will find resonance in these tales, and gems aplenty." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"Sprightly stories told with the sparing detail of true fairy tales but with the narrative voice of 21st Century metafiction....It's all the fun of fairy tales straight...along with reliving the fun of the Potter books and the enjoyment of Rowling being witty, knowing and sometimes just plain thoughtful about the issues the stories raise." Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

From J. K. Rowling, a new addition to the bookshelves of every Harry Potter fan: THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

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bookgirl94, January 15, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
I found these to be interesting, anything that carries on the Harry Potter world is great.
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emmejo, December 28, 2010 (view all comments by emmejo)
These 5 tales are all constructed to sound similar to traditional fairytales with the twist of being told by wizards, but I found that most fell flat for me. "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" and "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" were alright, although bland. The rest felt like a waste of time (luckily they feature extremely basic writing and are very quick to read.)

Rowling has never had a way with words, but this was abysmal. The writing was choppy and stilted, with a tiny vocabulary (even for kid's stories) except where a thesaurus seems to have been used to stick in more interesting words that stick out like a sore thumb in Rowling's weak sentence structure. This book looks bigger than it is because of the large, double-spaced font with HUGE margins. If you put it into a normal-ish format this would barely qualify as more than a pamphlet.

Dumbledore's notes were obvious and uninteresting, with feeble attempts at wittiness that just made me wince.

HP diehards will probably find the scant few hints about the Wizarding World worth the quick stories, but casual fans will probably want to skip.
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adelerzeta, December 28, 2008 (view all comments by adelerzeta)
equally good as the seven harry potter books...
the best book this year....
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780545128285
Author:
Rowling, J. K.
Publisher:
Arthur A. Levine Books
Illustrator:
Rowling, J.K.
Author:
Rowling, J.K.
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Wizards
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Harry Potter
Publication Date:
December 1, 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 128 pages Arthur A. Levine Books - English 9780545128285 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Under the Bard's spell, readers will forget at least briefly the tsunami of bad news and find themselves happy and entertained....The book's first tale again reveals why Rowling is a genius with words, blessed with wisdom, a sly wit and an effortless prose style."
"Review" by , "[B]reezy and enjoyable....Even those who have never read a Potter book will find resonance in these tales, and gems aplenty."
"Review" by , "Sprightly stories told with the sparing detail of true fairy tales but with the narrative voice of 21st Century metafiction....It's all the fun of fairy tales straight...along with reliving the fun of the Potter books and the enjoyment of Rowling being witty, knowing and sometimes just plain thoughtful about the issues the stories raise."
"Synopsis" by ,
From J. K. Rowling, a new addition to the bookshelves of every Harry Potter fan: THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD

THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.

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