Bookish, Constanza Camarillo
Sabriel, Pearl Beerhorst, drawing available here
The Bridge, Ann Wood
I began reading to Rain and Grace from a new fairytale book last night at bedtime. The book has come from Pearl's Room. I asked Pearl for suggestions because we just finished up Little House On The Prairie and we needed a new book. She wisely recommended The Violet Fairy Book first published in 1901 by Longmans, Green and Co., London. In the preface it includes this;
The stories in this book, as in all the others of the series, have been translated out to the popular traditional tales in a number of different languages. These stories are as old as anything man has invented. They are narrated by naked savage women to naked savage children. They have been inherited by our earliest civilised ancestors, who really believed that beasts and trees and stones can talk if they choose, and behave kindly or unkindly. The stories are full of the oldest ideas of ages when science did not exist, and magic took the place of science.
Can there be anything better than sending children off into their dreams through the pages of an ancient fairy tale?