The Tales of Beedle the Bard

 
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Four kid-friendly stories for Potter fans; one gruesome one.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Each tale teaches a lesson, though some of them have more application to the world of wizards than to ours.

Violence

A very gruesome chapter in which a man cuts out a woman's heart, licks and strokes it, then cuts out his own heart. This includes an illustration of this scene. Also, a fatal duel, a throat-slitting, and a suicide.

Sex

A reference to "fondling some Horklumps."

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A man gets drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, among several child-friendly and enjoyable tales is one gruesome one, in which a man cuts out a woman's heart, licks and strokes it, then cuts out his own heart. This includes an illustration of this scene.

What's the story?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a book of wizarding fairytales played a crucial part in the plot. This is that book, first auctioned for millions, and now available to everyone. It consists of five short stories, with commentary on each by Albus Dumbledore and introduction, illustrations, and notes by J. K. Rowling.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

J. K. Rowling certainly has the magic touch. For the most part, this literary trifle is a delight, showing her wicked humor, the depth and complexity of the world she created, and even some pungent skewering of our own world, morality tales in general, the egregious work of the woman who tried to sue her, and her critics. About half of the book is Dumbledore's commentary which, with its many references to events and elements in the Harry Potter series for fans to catch, will bring joy to hearts that have been forlorn since the final book was finished.

Unfortunately this collection, which is accessible to even the youngest fans, is marred by one overly gruesome story ("The Warlock's Hairy Heart," see content advisories for details). But for older kids, reading these stories, catching all the references, and fitting it into the world in which they love immersing themselves will be an all-too quickly finished pleasure. Rowling has the magic touch all right -- let's hope she decides to use it often in the years to come.

From the Book:

At once there came a loud clanging and banging from his kitchen. The wizard lit his wand and opened the door, and there, to his amazement, he saw his father's old cooking pot. It had sprouted a single foot of brass, and was hopping on the spot in the middle of the floor, making a fearful noise upon the flagstones. The wizard approached it in wonder, but fell back hurriedly when he saw that the whole of the pot's surface was covered in warts.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the unusual way this book was produced and marketed: first as a handwritten, illustrated, and bound book auctioned for millions, then after a year's delay, an edition for the rest of us, along with a very expensive special edition. Why did they do it this way? Why would people spend so much money for it? What makes this book more interesting or special than others?

Book details

Author:J. K. Rowling
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Arthur A. Levine
Publication date:December 4, 2008
Number of pages:111
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Read aloud:10
Read alone:11

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Teen, 13 years old Written byXDMorsemordreXD December 29, 2011
 

Fun and Imaginative!

J.K Rowling writes five charming Wizarding fairy tales in The Tales of Beedle the Bard! This fun read is even greater when reading along side Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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Kid, 9 years old January 16, 2009
 

awsome

best of j.k. rowling
Kid, 12 years old December 26, 2010
 

the specialities of the tales of Beedle theBard

In the background of the wizarding world?The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches. In the stories, the wickedness or foolishness is punished, while the intelligence or kindness triumphs. It also tells us that magic, power or authority can cause as much problems, as it cures. No power can change the past, foresee the future, or stopper death.
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