Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard . . . one of the most anticipated books of the year . . . or, was this just me? I was so excited to open this gift for Christmas and see that I had received one of my number one requests given to me by my wonderful hubby! For any Harry Potter fan out there, this is one of the must-reads of the year. It's a perfect follow-up to the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. To be able to read the book that was willed to Hermoine Granger by Albus Dumbledore himself . . . the book that allowed Hermoine to discover the many secrets that led Harry on the search of his life . . . seriously, how cool is that?!?!?

The book contains a collection of five stories, classics to the wizarding world that many children have heard from a young age. Stories that young witches and wizards have grown up with; however, Beedle's tales tell us the original versions before they are edited for little modern ears. These, in and of themselves, are entertaining and interesting to read, to try to figure out the morals of the stories. Nevertheless, the most amusing part of this book is not the tales. After each of the fables, Dumbledore writes his own personal notes on each. His wit and wisdom that was shared through the Harry Potter series remains in this collection, particularly for the most important of the shorts, The Tale of the Three Brothers. Applause to Rowling once again!

All in all, the perfect ending to a great 2008!

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