Does anyone have any favorites in these subjects? Adult or kids books and gruesome is fine. We have a bunch of Craft books and I was thinking of buying the Blue Fairy (etc.) books. Otherwise websites with stories or good movies would also be appreciated.
AP Mom to 5
A good way to find the best fairy/myth/legend books is to attend the Winter festival at a local Waldorf school--they usually have vendors which sell books and have some of the loveliest collections of these types of books. If you have one nearby it's probably coming up! I go and write down a list and then get them from the library
raising my two sunshine children.
aaaaaaah i have passed on my love of fairy stories and fables onto my dd too.
we read a LOT of cultural fairy stories. i find lots of random books from the library.
my favourites are the russian fairly tales - they are sooooo beautifully illustrated and aboriginal tales.
one of my dd's particular favourite that she has read over and over again is this one.
almost every cultures have funny historical characters who are kinda philosophers like Nasiruddin http://www.amazon.com/Pleasantries-Incredible-Mulla-Nasrudin-Compass/dp/014019357X/ref=pd_sim_b_1
as you can see in our house wit is our favourite. not so much gruesome. though the russian ones can be sometimes scary for little kids.
If you do e-books, you could probably get the Lang books for free via Project Gutenberg. We paid a very little for the complete collection for Kindle, and use the text-to-speech function on my Kindle to listen to them in the car, sometimes.
I really like the Barefoot Books collections of fairy stories. We listen to a lot of books together and those stories are well told and stand up to repeated listening (the versions with cds).
Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales for Greek mythology, maybe?
My kids got turned on to Norse mythology after listening to/reading Thor's Wedding Day, by Bruce Coville.
I loved the Dover's Brother's Grimm. I think it's expurgated though. Any Brother's Grimm is good.
Also these books
In the Beginning: Creation Myths from Around the World ed by Virginia Hamilton
The People Could Fly ed. by Virginia Hamilton
I also loved any kind of Nordic Mythology. I can't think of any books off of the top of my head besides the Edda by Snorri Snurlson (sp?)
If you can get your hands on any Korean mythology, some of the really old creation myths are WILD. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_mythology) And another site I had bookmarked: http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/fordangr.html
Anything translated by Allen Mandelbaum is awesome... Ovid's Metamorphoses, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid.
This is good website for resources: http://www.story-lovers.com/index.html
Also loved any kind or Russian or Polish mythology as a kid. Baba yaga!
DD1 6/2009 DD2 5/1/2013-5/5/2013 (HIE) DS 3/2014
Thanks for the links! I have the classic books and In the Beginning-but we haven't read that one yet. My kids love Grimm, too. I do not know Korean mythology, though. I will have to check that out.
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