The Tales Of Beedle The Bard

by Jk Rowling

Bloomsbury Press Agency | December 4, 2008 | Hardcover

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard is rated 4.0233 out of 5 by 43.

In December 2007, J.K. Rowling unveiled The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a very special book of five fairy tales illustrated by the bard herself, embellished with silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. Now J.K. Rowling is giving millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide cause for celebration with a new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, available December 4, 2008. <_o3a_p>

Offering the trademark wit and imagination familiar to Rowling's legions of readers--as well as Aesop's wisdom and the occasional darkness of the Brothers Grimm--each of these five tales reveals a lesson befitting children and parents alike: the strength gained with a trusted friendship, the redemptive power of love, and the true magic that exists in the hearts of all of us. Rowling's new introduction also comments on the personal lessons she has taken from the Tales, noting that the characters in Beedle's collection "take their fates into their own hands, rather than taking a prolonged nap or waiting for someone to return a lost shoe," and that "magic causes as much trouble as it cures, and to this day it is often Beedle's stories that help the parent explain this fact of life to their young sons and daughters." <_o3a_p>

But the true jewel of this new edition is the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard's-eye perspective to the collection. Discovered "among the many papers which Dumbledore left in his will to the Hogwarts Archives," the venerable wizard's ruminations on the Tales allow today's readers to place them in the context of 16th century Muggle society, even allowing that "Beedle was somewhat out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for Muggles" during the era of witch hunts that would eventually drive the wizarding community into self-imposed exile. In fact, versions of the same stories told in wizarding households would shock many for their uncharitable treatment of their Muggle characters. <_o3a_p>

Professor Dumbledore also includes fascinating historical backstory, including tidbits such as the history and pursuit of magic wands, a brief comment on the Dark Arts and its practitioners, and the struggles with censorship that eventually led "a certain Beatrix Bloxam" to cleanse the Tales of "much of the darker themes that she found distasteful," forever altering the meaning of the stories for their Muggle audience. Dumbledore also allows us a glimpse of his personal relationship to the Tales, remarking that it was through "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump" that "many of us [wizards] first discovered that magic could not bring back the dead." <_o3a_p>

Both a wise and delightful addition to the Harry Potter canon, this new translation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard is all that fans could hope for and more--and an essential volume for the libraries of Muggles, wizards, and witches, both young and old.<_o3a_p>

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7.3 × 5.25 × 0.5 in

Published: December 4, 2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0747599874

ISBN - 13: 9780747599876

Found in: Fiction and Literature
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Tie-In This book is an excellent read for any Harry Potter fan as it provides a look at the wizarding world that was never explored within the series. With five different wizarding fairy tales, it offers caution to magic users about misusing their magic with additional commentary by the late Albus Dumbledore after each story.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fairytales I love fairy tales. New fairy tales that have any depth to them at all are going to make me happy. That these have depth and thought behind them is perfectly obvious. I particularly liked the commentary by Dumbledore about the witch who rewrote the tales of Beedle the Bard into sugar-dripping nonsense that made children retch. Rowling knows her literature, her politics, and can infuse children's fairy tales with criticism.
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How I love the Harry Potter world. Although the Harry Potter journey is over, “Tales of Beedle the Bard” is a good book for BIG Harry Potter fans to feel even more a tiny part of the magically world. You get to hear the stories the wizarding world of Harry Potter heard when they were kids. There is a collection of meaningful fairy tales. As unreal as some of them are, there is always a real message. Which is what J.K Rowling wrote in this novel, “Beedle’s stories have helped generations of wizarding parents to explain this painful fact of life to their young children: that magic causes as much trouble as it cures”. There was consequence of wizards who were uncaring, greedy and selfish. At the end of each story, Dumbledore talks about it and leaves footnotes as well. For the most part that is all very interesting. The most interesting thing Dumbledore talked about was Lucius Malfoy. In this novel you find out that the reason Mr. Malfoy first starting hating Dumbledore. I love that J.K Rowling kept “The Tale of the Three Brothers” exactly the same as in the “Deathly Hallows”. Which makes since. I am just glad she did, because it feels even more like you’re in Harry’s world.
Date published: 2012-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Soon To Be Classic Compilation I bought this book, before I began to read the HP series. Actually LONG, LONG before. I thought that this book was very good, I found that they were good bedtime stories that're dark, and gripping. Though, at the same time, they can be read to adults, and children alike. Maybe "The Tales Of Beedle The Bard" as I have noted in other reviews, and somewhat agree with myself, is not as actionpacked, or as gripping as the HP books. Well of COURSE IT ISN'T! The Tales of Beedle The Bard, isn't meant to be a suspensefull, gripping, actionpacked novel. It's meant to be a compendium of as I said before, dark, and compelling fairy tales that take place in the Wizarding World. So In short, i'm not dissapointed at all, she delivered exactly what she was meant to deliver, a good collection of interesting, witty, and edgy fairy tales. Though I was able to recognise one or two of the stories from tales that I've already heard, I still find it very good and amazingly original. This is definitly going to stay on my bookshelf for decades to come. And I must say, it's probably one of the most suspensefull collection of fairy tales that I've ever read.
Date published: 2010-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect bedtime tales These stories are so creative and ....just... special. each story is a companied by notes written from Dumbledore to help the reader understand the stories to greater depth.
Date published: 2010-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short Stories Quick little read. A good one for taking with you to appointments that require you sitting in a waiting room. The stories are cute and nice a short but not the engrossing work that we have all come to expect from Rowling. Worth a look at but not fantastic.
Date published: 2009-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from amusing This book is pretty much to Harry Potter as the special feathures are to any movie. It is a tiny book (took less than an hour to read) and in it are 5 little fables from the wizarding world. They are very similar to our fables in a way, but have their own magic and lessons. Dumbledore then comments on each story afterwards and JKR puts in her foot notes as well. The book is slightly entertaining and well worth the time to read it, as it only takes a short time to breeze through it. I see that it is a charity book, so for that reason i would say buy it to look nice in your collection, but other than that it is a HUGE waste of money. Also i thought that JKR could have done a lot better on it, but i guess maybe she just didn't have the time. This book makes me want to scout around used book stores for the other supplemental material of the HP world (the quidditch and fantastic beasts books) but only for the athetics of it sitting next to my novels. I'd say if you can borrow the book go for it, unless you want to donate (but who knows how much) to the charity, in which case buy it.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was interesting It seems to me that this book might have been intended for readers that had hard time letting go of Harry Potter series. I, for once, am one of these people. Of course, none of the mystery, nor gripping suspense, that we are accustomed to from JK Rowling writing, can be found on these pages. However, in itself, it is a collection of tales that is consistent with the magic world created by the author, keeping imaginary on the verge of reality. In my opinion, this book can be a good addition to the series.
Date published: 2009-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harry Potter Fairy Tales This is basically a book of 5 short stories, or fairy tales. After each story is told, there is a written interpretation and background information added by Albus Dumbledore. Each story describes a lesson and a life value that each wizard/witch must learn. One story called “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” is quite disturbing, but Albus explains it’s importance. Read more at: http://justkickinit.ca/2009/07/the-tales-of-beedle-the-bard-by-j-k-rowling/
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short entertaining read This piece read like a Tolkienesque fairy tale (or five). These five (very) short stories, each accompanied by Albus Dumbledore's further explanation, were certainly lively enough to capture anybody's imagination. Not nearly as dark as the Harry Potter series, it does manage to add something to the Potter books, especially the last tale about the three brothers. Quick to finish too, my kids enjoyed one of the pieces as a fast bedtime story.
Date published: 2009-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Telling I enjoyed this. I read this before wrapping it up as a gift for my 12-year-old neice in about 1 hour. I enjoyed the tales but most especially, enjoyed the insights of Dumbledore after the tales. It was great to read about some of the details that were referrenced from the Harry Potter series. A definite must read for Harry Potter fans if you want to be enlightened of a few Potter details.
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a twist! Who would've known that there would be actually fairy tales in the world of Harry Potter! I really loved reading this book, though i wished J.K. Rowling woud include more tales so i can enjoy it even more. Overall, this is Rowling's excellent way to make a departure from the Potterverse.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the only reason for the 4 stars, is that is IS jk rowling afterall.. right so extremely great addition to any avid harry potter fan! it's a great companion to the series. the story itself is average, but i really enjoyed reading the actual story of the tale of the three brothers. very good!
Date published: 2009-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute A very short collection of five short fairy tales that are a part of the Harry Potter universe. They have no connection to Harry Potter except that these tales would have been told to children in his world as the first sentence indicates. The stories are cute, nothing spectacular, but certainly cute and well-worth a read for Potter fans. The best part of the book is that each tale is followed by a Commentary chapter by Professor Dumbledore. These are probably more interesting that the tales themselves. My favourite of the tales was The Warlock's Hairy Heart, probably because it stood apart from the others because it is dark and gruesome while the others are light-hearted. Overall, a cute little book, nothing terribly special, but certainly a fun read for fans. Younger children will appreciate the fairy tales while older children/teens will be more inclined to appreciate the Dumbledore commentary. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you won't regret the hour or so it takes to read the book.
Date published: 2009-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from JKR Works Her Magic Again! I think what I liked best about this book is how each "tale" is accompanied by Albus Dumbledore's commentary and analyses. Dumbledore's one of my fave characters, so I'm overjoyed whenever we learn anything new about him at all. To have the opportunity to read his views on the morals of the tales and the nature of human beings, and to witness his lovable eccentricities and kookiness through footnotes is simply way too wonderful, and I love love love JKR for including these. My 2 faves are "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" and "The Tale of the Three Brothers". The former ends in a way that made me really happy b/c unlike real life, the outcome is fair. The solutions to the challenges are interesting, the characters are endearing even though we don't get to know them that personally, and 3 of the 4 protagonists are also strong women, which obviously makes me extremely glad. Also, Dumbledore's comments on how Lucius Malfoy apparently took great umbrage at this tale made me giggle loudly while I was still on the bus, and I keep wanting to re-read the notes. It's not surprising that I loved "Three Brothers" - not only b/c it plays such a pivotal role in Deathly Hallows and HP canon, but also b/c it's the classic fairytale of a quest being undertaken by 3 people [who're usually brothers], with the wisest and humblest [and often overlooked] individual winning in the end. I like to think I'd be smart enough to choose the Third Hallow if I were ever presented with the choice, but like Dumbledore so eloquently puts it at the very end, --- "But which of us would have shown the wisdom of the third brother, if offered the pick of Death's gifts? Wizards and Muggles alike are imbued with a lust for power; how many would resist 'the Wand of Destiny'? Which human being, having lost someone they loved, could withstand the temptation of the Resurrection Stone? Even I, Albus Dumbledore, would find it easiest to refuse the Invisibility Cloak; which only goes to show that, clever as I am, I remain just as big a fool as anyone else." --- JKR is a genius. And so is dumbledore! ♥ She includes a lot of information about wandlore in Dumbledore's notes, which was incredibly interesting as well. As for the other 3 tales, "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" will make you shake your head at the wisdom of fathers and the stupidity of sons, "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" will leave you feeling quite unsettled and horrified at the lengths certain people will go to [easily my 3rd favourite from the book], and "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump" will have you laughing at the antics of silly politicians.
Date published: 2009-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling I enjoyed this book for what it was, a book of fairy tales. Like "muggle" fairytales they all have a moral to them. I would have no hesitation reading these stories to my grandkids, with the exception perhaps of The Warlock's Hairy Heart, which reads more like a Grimm's fairytale and not necessarily for young children, but older children will like it. From my point of view, I enjoyed the comments taken from the "notes" of Dumbledore on the tales themselves, and how they tie in with witchcraft as in the Harry Potter books. All in all it was an enjoyable read, one I could read over a period of time, one tale after another, and I especially appreciate that it is also a worthy fundraiser. Thanks to J.K. Rowling for not dropping us totally!
Date published: 2009-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too bad it wasn't more than 200 pages I loved the fairy tales, especially "The Fountain of Good Fortune." The only downside was that the book is really thin; I was finished reading the book in an hour while I was cooking dinner, changing diapers, and doing everything else a Mom does. I do wish J.K. had written at least a round 10 stories, but you can't always get what you want, I suppose.
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pertty decent I was a little skeptic at first about this book but when I read it my opinion changed. This book contains interesting fairy tales this is a good book because it immersion you even more in to JK Rowling's Harry Potter world. I especially liked the commentary by Dumbledore after each story it helped you understand the stories even more. Overall this is a good book.
Date published: 2009-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fan-tastic! As an aspiring children's author I can see that the stories are well thought out and delivered. Good book, a must for Harry Fans. If you're looking for something as engrossing as HP novels then perhaps you're aiming a little too high with this book but... its a great read. Like the other charity books JK has done this one is surely a hit for kids and adults alike. Go for it and buy this book!
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from On the shelf... J.K. Rowling writes of 5 fairly tales where one can find both the obvious and hidden moral stories within. The stories, themselves, I found amusing (save "The Warlock`s Hairy Heart"). However, the afterthougths of Professor Dumbledore I found less inspiring. The epilogue implies that proceeds from the sale of the book go towards the de-institutionalisation of children. I like the idea that Rowling is using her success in such a worthwhile manner. Although the amount of the donation is not clearly stated. The idea behind the book appeals to me. I`m just not sure it lived up to my expectation. Therefore, my opinion remains...on the shelf...
Date published: 2009-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Rowling never ceases to amaze me! She has such a great imagination. This book has 5 fairytales that are popular in the wizarding world. The tales have great morals! Also, after each tale there is an elaborate commentary from Dumbeldore himself, which really helps to understand the stories in greater depth.
Date published: 2009-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from New Harry Potter! 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' is interesting. The book is comprised of four or five stories, all related to the "Wizarding World" of Harry Potter. After each story, Albus Dumbledore gives his thoughts and opinions on it. If you're a Harry Potter fan, this book is sure to please!
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from MEH I did find it interesting to read the stories that the harry potter characters talk about but really it was nothing fabulous if anything a bit boring. I say J.K Harry Potter was an excellent series one of the most fantastic series i have ever read but let it go try your hand at another series although tough to say if you can top H.P
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must for a Harry Potter Fans If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series you should also buy this book. It is a quick and fun read. Although I would not recommend reading "A Hairy Heart" to young children due to graphic content. After each of the 5 short stories are notes written by Dumbledore which had me laughing out loud at times. If you enjoy The Tales of Beedle the Bard also check out: The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide To The Magical World Of Harry Potter - Allan Zola Kronzek & Elizabeth Kronzek Classic Books From The Library Of Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry - JK Rowling Harry, A History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon - Melissa Anelli
Date published: 2009-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This was a great way to describe the world of harry potter further and i really enjoyed it. Yes some of dumbeldores speaches were boring but all in all the tales were really great and absolutely entertaining. I loved it!
Date published: 2009-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun First thing I have to say is that it is a total rip-off. $14.50 for a book that is approximately the width of my thumb is insane. But when coupled with a '30% off all hardcover books' and the 'irewards' discount, it's made a bit more reasonable. (Then again I was wiling to pay $14.50...) It's a short book, 5 stories in all. The stories themselves are great. 'Albus Dumbledore on *insert name of tale here*' makes 'The Tales of Beedle The Bard' worth reading. I recommend this book for anyone who has read J.K's other books. Sure, it doesn't have anything to do with Harry and his friends, but that doesn't make it less interesting.
Date published: 2009-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was acceptable This book could have been better. I did enjoy Dumbledore's notes though.
Date published: 2009-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright Like most of the other reviewers, I was expecting much more from this book. I read it in under an hour. I liked the stories and Dumbledore's notes but it could have been more extensive. I thought it would have been more like Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them or Quidditch through the Ages. Those were great. It's still a nice addition to your collection if you're a big HP fan and the proceeds are going to charity.
Date published: 2009-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Alright I was expecting more from this book, since the Potter books are such classics. Each of the stories are cute in their own right, but of the 5 stories in "Bard" I only connected with 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune' and its message that you don't always need 'magical' cures or luck to get what you want out of life. Still, this is a must read for all Rowling fans, especially with the proceeds going to children's charities.
Date published: 2008-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking for just a little more... If you finished the Harry Potter series, and are looking for just a little bit more, this is for you. The stories however, do not directly relate to Harry Potter, but are rather, wizarding 'fairy tales'. Although there are only five short stories (with comments by Dumbledore on each), they were an interesting look on wizard bedtime stories. Note: Every book purchased, a donation goes to The Children’s High Level Group (CHLG).
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great addition to the HP collection for charity First things first - this isn't another story about Harry Potter. I know a lot of people are disappointed with the book, but keep in mind that its fairy tales from the wizarding world. I loved that I was finally able to read the stories that were referenced in the series, as when Ron mentioned them I was instantly curious. (By the way, favourite Ron quote from that book was him asking "What's that, an illness?" when Hermione mentions Cinderella). They are great stories, and the notes at the end are sometime funny. I liked Dumbledore's additions. I very much liked what he wrote about the tale of the Three Brothers (i.e. Deathly Hallows). Yes, she mentions Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but hey, its another book for charity! I bought it years ago and decided to take another read-through after reading this book. Overall if you are a hardcore HP fan like myself, you'll most likely love the book and definetly want it for your collection. I recommend it highly, it was a great read and wonderful to read more of Rowling's work. I still have difficulty finding new series that can match HP (although I'm also a Twilight addict), so being able to enjoy another small book made me very pleased. All proceeds go to charity with this book, so not only is it going towards a great cause, it makes a great gift (for yourself or someone else this holiday season). Enjoy! Please note: if you are wondering about the 'special edition' that goes for $100, please refer to the Amazon.com company, we are not affiliated with it.
Date published: 2008-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Great. At All. I liked it. The stories were original and okay but it's not what I expected...actually I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. I found Dumbledore annoying and not at all like how he was portrayed in the books. He is supposed to be wise, not smug, although some of his insights into the story were interesting. Also, I was really annoyed that she pitched another of her "partner" books. She pitched "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" three times, saying that if you wanted a description to go and read that book. Overall, it wasn't great and I'm glad that I got it from the library, I think the hard-core fans will enjoy it. Personally, I could have taken it or left it but I was curious.
Date published: 2008-12-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Brutally bad Wow! Way to milk success for more money. DO NOT buy this book. If you must buy it, wait for it to hit the clearance bin. Public library if you're curious. I read and own the Harry Potter books. This is nothing like them and a waste of your money. Read the first short story and could not read further.
Date published: 2008-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! For those who are sad that the Harry Potter series is completed, here is a great companion book to perk you right up! As always Rowling writes in such an amazing way that you can't help but feel so involved in her narratives and convinced that what she writes is all true. In this book, there are fairy tales from the wizarding world. As us "muggles" have fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White, little wizards and witches have stories like "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump" and others. After each tale, Dumbledore has written little notes and personal takes on what the story means to him, as well as adding bits of background information of each tale. It's a clever and great book, and proceeds of this book goes to a children's charity! ENJOY!
Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving It I'm a big Harry Potter fan and this book does not disappoint. I'm always in awe of JK Rowling's imagination. Dumbledore's notes on each of the five tales are great fun. The tales, themselves, are as worthy of becoming classics as any of the fairy tales we've grown up with. I also love the fact that some of the proceeds are going to a children's charity.
Date published: 2008-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING At least, I hope it'll be! I KNOW it'll be. I was wondering, though, if anyone knows how fast Chapters will be able to ship it if I pre-ordered???
Date published: 2008-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEEEEET THANKS JKR! I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!! It is the best Christmas present JKR could give us!!! She is the best author ever, this book is going to be super amazingly good! If we had a release party that would be soo cool! I am so excitied, it is a little bit like having another HP book coming out! Well... one could hope. ;)
Date published: 2008-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Promising This looks to be a good book. Judging by JKR's past works, I would highly recommend it to any Harry Potter fan. Does anyone know if they're doing a release party for it? Some people in the US are apparently.
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ PLEASE!!!!!!! *SPOILERS AHEAD* *CAUTION* I wish J.K Rowling wrote more books about Harry. Like how he got married Ginny or what happened after Lord Voldemort was killed. Anyway, The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be great! If you want to express any opinions about J.K Rowling, Harry Potter, The Tales of Beedle the Bard , and other things.
Date published: 2008-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Harry Potter son of Maureen: i loved the stories that were in the 7th book and always thought that J.K. Rowling should write it as a actual book and my dream came true!
Date published: 2008-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!! I love J.K. Rowling's work and it is great that the proceeds of these humerous books go to charity! I personally have already ordered my copy of this book. I can't wait till I get it!!!! I also think the other hurmurous books she has written!!!! PLUS THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS ARE TIGHTER THAN THE JOBROS PANTS LMAO!!!!
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Success! The Harry Potter series was a great success so this could be great success too! I can not wait until the book comes out!
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY GREAT THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK EVER !
Date published: 2008-08-01

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The Tales Of Beedle The Bard

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard

by Jk Rowling

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7.3 × 5.25 × 0.5 in

Published: December 4, 2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0747599874

ISBN - 13: 9780747599876

From the Publisher

In December 2007, J.K. Rowling unveiled The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a very special book of five fairy tales illustrated by the bard herself, embellished with silver ornaments and mounted moonstones. Now J.K. Rowling is giving millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide cause for celebration with a new edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, available December 4, 2008. <_o3a_p>

Offering the trademark wit and imagination familiar to Rowling's legions of readers--as well as Aesop's wisdom and the occasional darkness of the Brothers Grimm--each of these five tales reveals a lesson befitting children and parents alike: the strength gained with a trusted friendship, the redemptive power of love, and the true magic that exists in the hearts of all of us. Rowling's new introduction also comments on the personal lessons she has taken from the Tales, noting that the characters in Beedle's collection "take their fates into their own hands, rather than taking a prolonged nap or waiting for someone to return a lost shoe," and that "magic causes as much trouble as it cures, and to this day it is often Beedle's stories that help the parent explain this fact of life to their young sons and daughters." <_o3a_p>

But the true jewel of this new edition is the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard's-eye perspective to the collection. Discovered "among the many papers which Dumbledore left in his will to the Hogwarts Archives," the venerable wizard's ruminations on the Tales allow today's readers to place them in the context of 16th century Muggle society, even allowing that "Beedle was somewhat out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for Muggles" during the era of witch hunts that would eventually drive the wizarding community into self-imposed exile. In fact, versions of the same stories told in wizarding households would shock many for their uncharitable treatment of their Muggle characters. <_o3a_p>

Professor Dumbledore also includes fascinating historical backstory, including tidbits such as the history and pursuit of magic wands, a brief comment on the Dark Arts and its practitioners, and the struggles with censorship that eventually led "a certain Beatrix Bloxam" to cleanse the Tales of "much of the darker themes that she found distasteful," forever altering the meaning of the stories for their Muggle audience. Dumbledore also allows us a glimpse of his personal relationship to the Tales, remarking that it was through "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump" that "many of us [wizards] first discovered that magic could not bring back the dead." <_o3a_p>

Both a wise and delightful addition to the Harry Potter canon, this new translation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard is all that fans could hope for and more--and an essential volume for the libraries of Muggles, wizards, and witches, both young and old.<_o3a_p>

About the Author

J.K. Rowling was a struggling single mother when she wrote the beginning of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on scraps of paper at a local cafe. But her efforts soon paid off, as she received an unprecedented award from the Scottish Arts Council enabling her to finish the book. Since then, the Harry Potter series has become an international phenomenon, garnering rave reviews and major awards, including the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year and the Smarties Prize. Ms. Rowling lives in <_st13a_city _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_place _w3a_st="on">Edinburgh with her daughter.<_o3a_p>

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12