Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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

Reading Level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 128 Pages

Publisher: Children's High Level Group

ISBN: 978-0-7475-9987-6

My Rating: 5/5

The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.
Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by the tales, and reveals snippets of information about life at Hogwarts.

'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' is a short, five story, fairy tale book by J.K. Rowling. It fits in nicely with the Harry Potter series, especially the final book 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.' It's a great book for kids, at least the fairy tales. In between each fairy tale, there are "notes by Albus Dumbledore." It's basically all his thoughts, or the "real" story. And in there, since the book is not written for muggles, Rowling add's little footnotes and explanations to things that us muggles might not understand.

The five stories in 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' are:
-The Wizard and the Hopping Pot
-The Fountain of Fair Fortune
-The Warlock's Hairy Heart
-Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump
-The Tale of the Three Brothers
Out of the five tales within the book, The Tale of the Three Brothers is probably the most popular, as it was recited by Hermione Granger for 'The Deathly Hallows.'

If you're a fan of the Harry Potter series, then this is a must have! I absolutely love it. The tales are good for kids but the notes from Albus Dumbledore make it suitable to an older audience. Also included in the books, are illustrations by J.K. Rowling, which I thought was pretty neat. It's a great little sidekick to have to go along with the 'Harry Potter' series.

1 comment:

  1. I've been dying to get this book forever! I have all the other companion ones but for one reason or another haven't gotten this one yet :) Thanks for the reminder that I need to get it soon!

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