The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Enjoyed all the fairy tales though, I have to admit, the Fountain of Fair Fortune is my favorite.
Though the themes of some of the tales are a bit dark, I would certainly read these tales to my kids as bed time stories. There are great lessons in them and I think they shouldn't me changed at all (just agreeing with Dumbledore on Beatrix Bloxam being one mad lady). Dumbledore's commentaries are a great addition to this book as it helps you understand the stories and learn the history of them. He gives you a lot background information about the tales in his own way. And by the way, the book would be kind of bleak and pointless without the commentaries if you ask me.
There are some winks to characters and facts in the Harry Potter series such as Nearly Headless Nick and Dumbledore's abillity to be invisible without the need of an Invisibility Cloak. The book also made me curious to another 'side-read' being Fantastical Creatures and Where to Find Them. Though I already read this book in the past I forgot the majority of the content and I would be happy to read it again and even buy a copy of it as it would be a great addition to my Harry Potter book collection.
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