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The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault

Book Overview: 

This book is an early collection of ten well-known fairy tales. It is thought to have begun the genre of fairy tales.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It is seldom, indeed, that an illustrator enters so thoroughly into the spirit of his text. The grace, delicacy, urbanity, tenderness, and humour which went to the making of Perrault's stories must, it seems, have also gone in somewhat similar proportions to the making of these delightful drawings. I am sure that they would have given pleasure to Perrault himself.

THOMAS BODKIN

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Little Red Riding-Hood

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Little Red Riding-Hood

nce upon a time, there lived in a certain village, a little country girl, the prettiest creature was ever seen. Her mother was excessively fond of her; and her grand-mother doated on her much more. This good woman got made for her a little red riding-hood; which became the girl so extremely well, that every body called her Little Red Riding-Hood.

One day, her mother, having made some girdle-cakes, said to her:

"Go, my dear, and see how thy grand-. . . Read More

Community Reviews

These stories were predominat in my childhood so now as an adult I have decided to re-read them. I was slightly shocked there was no happy ending at times and also the language used can be at times harsh, but Charles Perrault lived in the 17th century so there was no need to use kid-gloves. But w...more

Once upon a time, long before farmboys arose to defeat Dark Lords and even longer before the rise of imagined histories attempting to be gritty in a way that removed most moral compasses from fantasy, there was the fairytale. A simple little literary beast masquerading as a story with a morality...more

The original fairy tales of Charles Perrault (1628-1703) before they were bastardized or sanitized (depending on your view) by Disney. Perrault, however, did not invent most of these stories himself. He also based some of them on existing French folklores. Perrault was said to be the one who laid...more

En realidad lo que he leído es la edición española de Alianza, pero no la he visto por GoodReads.

Siempre hay bastante discusión sobre los "verdaderos" cuentos de hadas. Que si Grimm, que si Andersen, comparaciones con las adaptaciones posteriores de Disney o Tv... y Perrault. Pero siempre que se...more

Edit Riquet with the Tuft - review of a Perrault fairy tale that is mystifyingly not a Disney movie.

When I was very young, my grandmother had a set of very small books with uncut pages. One of the books was an early edition of Charles Perrault's fairy tales with hand-printed woodblock illustratio...more

Cuentos que recomendaría leer a los pequeños de la casa:

-Las moralejas (pero sin cuento no hay moraleja, ¿cierto?)
-La cenicienta.

Lo siento, Charles Perrault.

Me encantó el estilo de Perrault, se nota más refinado y trabajado que el de los Grimm y justamente eso demuestra que tenían distintas visiones sobre cómo contar los cuentos; aunque ambos estaban de acuerdo que los cuentos no eran necesariamente para niños y que siempre deben dar una moraleja, o...more

Not having read any of Perrault's fairytales before, I didn't quite realise what I was in for... And people say that Grimm's fairytales are gruesome - huh, think again and read Perrault's!

There's an ogre appearing in about almost every single one of the eight tales in this edition, and, of course...more

Ten stories, most rehashed a century later by the Grimm Brothers. Both Perrault and the Grimms collected village folktales, so read if you want to see the nuances between them. Two ("Ridiculous Wishes", "Donkey's Skin") are apparently ancient; the former features Jupiter as a character, and the o...more

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