Title: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales
Author: Chris Colfer
Series: The Land of Stories
Recommended for: fans of the Land of Stories series, anyone who would like to read fairy tales and nursery rhymes
Pages: 323 p.
Call Number/Link: J FICTION COLFER, C.
An illustrated nursery rhyme and fairy tale collection that features the classic tales that Alex and Conner fall into in the Land of Stories series.
The treasury includes these classic fairy tales: Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the three bears, Jack and the beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The three little pigs, Rumpelstiltskin, The elves and the shoemaker, Beauty and the beast, The boy who cried wolf, Sleeping Beauty, The princess and the pea, Rapunzel, Henny Penny, The little mermaid, Three billy goats gruff, The Snow Queen, The frog prince, Puss in boots, Thumbelina, The Gingerbread man, The ugly duckling and Pinocchio.
The treasury includes these Mother Goose nursery rhymes: LIttle Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffett, Little Jack Horner, The old woman who lived in a shoe, Humpty Dumpty, Rub-a-dub-dub, Three blind mice, Baa, baa, black sheep, Georgie Porgie, Hey diddle diddle, Pat-a-cake, Jack and Jill, Jack be nimble.
It concludes with Mother Goose’s Fairy-tale survival guide.
This is a good, traditional retelling of fairy tales, folk tales and nursery rhymes. I did not read every fairy tale in the book, but the ones that I read were true to other versions I’d read previously. Due to the length of the stories, the collection would probably be best read aloud to children in kindergarten and up.
As for the preschool set, I think it would be better to share a collection (or individual tale) with less text and more pictures.
I thought it was a great idea for the author to write this traditional collection so that readers of his Land of Stories series would have a better understanding of his source material.