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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

Yes. I'm reviewing The Tales Of Mother Goose and I'm not ashamed of it.

So, I was looking at my childhood shelves (yes, that actually exists) this morning and I ended up re-re-re-re-reading Perrault's fairy tales. I decided to write some lines because, well, it's Sunday and I didn't have this boo...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

Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper -- My first Disney surprise of the volume. I had always been under the assumption that Disney’s early fairy tale movies were glossy, post-WWII bastardizations of the earlier versions of the tales. So I was surprised to discover that Charles Perrault’s 17th...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

Boy oh Boy these are more authentic. Some of the stories have moments of more blood and gore.

I read to fill my Early Modern slot in my personal Classics Challenge. I chose this format--audiobook--because this is format I could borrow from library service Hoopla.
I read a little over 1/2 during a...more

3,5 algunos cuentos son macabros. Con razón hay tantas versiones, creo que pase mi infancia engañada. Los seres humanos somos crueles y de ahí salen los relatos de nuestra naturaleza.

لشغل الطفل الذي يستيقظ بداخلنا كل مرة نعود بنا
الى زمنه من خلاال الرسوم المتحركة التي عشناها في ذاك الوقت
او قراءة ادب الاطفال
حكايات امي الاوزة هي قصص رافقتنا في فترة الطفولة من سندريلا ،ليلى والذئب
حكايا الغول وغيرها لكن بادب فرنسي مع بعض التحوير

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

In addition to the usual list of difficulties encountered when learning any foreign language, French has a few specific wrinkles of its own. In particular, there are certain verb tenses that have fallen into disuse, so that they are no longer used when speaking, but may still be encountered in wr...more

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