Category Archives: Fairy Tale

Chinese Fairy Tales by Frederick H. Martens

Chinese Fairy Tales is a collection of several short fairy tales from China. They are fun to read. Some have notes to clarify things that a western audience might not totally understand. I highly recommend it for children studying China!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 117 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 32,126
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Fritz for Next School Year

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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories is a collection of fairy tales and poems made hilariously politically correct. Some are changed better (and are more funny) than others. It is a fun, quick read. I recommend it!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 86
Pages Read in 2017: 23,750
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (P in PEARL)

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Tales From Japan by Helen and William McAlpine

Tales from Japan contains nine foundational stories and fairy tales from ancient Japan. The stories are interesting and told so children can understand them. I recommend reading it to anyone, especially children, studying or interested in Japan.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 57
Pages Read in 2017: 17,117
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Assigned to Adrian for School

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Once Upon a More Enlightened Time by James Finn Garner

Once Upon a More Enlightened Time is a collection of fairy tales (and the story of Pinocchio) retold politically correct to the extreme. Sometimes they are utterly hilarious. Sometimes they are a bit tedious. They are good enough to pass the time reading when you can’t really concentrate on a book.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 51
Pages Read in 2017: 15,423
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (O in DIAMOND)

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Traditional Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Traditional Irish Fairy Tales is a collection of ten stories from Ireland. They are all dreadfully dry and boring. There is no key for pronunciation of the names (some of which are very difficult to figure out). I did not enjoy it, nor did my 8-year-old who was assigned to read it for school. I do not recommend this book.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 46
Pages Read in 2017: 13,606
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Assigned to Adrian for School

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The Story of Awkward by RK Ryals

Verbally abused by her bipolar and alcoholic father and mercilessly bullied at school, Peregrine Storke uses her art talent to create Awkward, a world where nothing is wrong and everyone is happy. When she and her best friend’s brother drown in an accident, they are thrown into Awkward where things aren’t quite going so well.

The Story of Awkward is weird. It is also very enjoyable and uses a fairy tale to gently teach a lesson about acceptance and loving yourself. By about a quarter of the way through, I could barely put it down. I recommend it to teens and adults alike!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 22
Pages Read in 2017: 6525
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (S in AMETHYST)

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D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is a wonderful book for sharing Greek mythology with children. I can totally see why it is so popular. The pictures are absolutely beautiful. The stories and information are told in quite a lovely way. My 8-year-old son enjoyed listening to me read them to him very much and my 10-year-old often chose to listen in, too.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 15
Pages Read in 2017: 4524
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Assigned to Adrian in School

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