Tales, Then and Now: More Folktales As Literary Fictions for Young Adults

The companion volume to New Tales for Old, this voluje deals with reworkings of four folktales and five literary fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen, “Beauty and the Beast, “Jack and the Beanstalk ,” and the ballads of “Tam Lin” and “Thomas the Rhymer.” The nature of folktales and their surrounding cultural contexts are examined; each story is accompanied by tale type numbers, motifs, lists of reworkings by genre, and author interpretation. There is also an appendix updating the publication of reworkings of the Grimms’ tales explored in the first volume.


“Involvingly written, accessible, and well laid out, Tales, Then and Now offers high- school, college, and university instructors, as well as story tellers and librarians, a sound source of both information and inspiration.” Ann Welton, Booklist.

“This scholarly and accesible work is an exceedingly useful resource for young adult librarians and school library media specialists, for storytellers, and for teachers introducing the study of fairy tales into the classroom. It is recommended for all those interested in the study and research of fairy tales, including students from graduate to junior high and high school level.”–www.childrenslit.com

“…I find this new volume a valuable supplement to the first. Both volumes will be useful to storytellers, librarians, researchers, and teachers in high schools, colleges, and universities. …these annotated bibliographies make a solid contribution to the literary study of folktales. Studying them provides a pathway to a wealth of reading opportunities awaiting anyone who delights in such retold tales.”–Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies

“An excellent resource for research and classroom discussion…immensely readable.”–Kliatt

“Fascinating reading for anyone who loves and respects the old tales, and wants to delve further into them.”–Territorial Tattler