The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.
Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.
I had always wanted to read this book since I love everything Harry Potter, so I suggested that Jim guide Christopher to it as he was picking out a Christmas present. I read it aloud to him over several nights while he tried to fall asleep. Don't let that deter you from reading this book - it's not boring, but the language is a bit much for a 6 year-old.
This book is a collection of 5 fables from Rowling's wizarding world. After each tale, there is also a commentary by Albus Dumbledore. The tales were very creative, but also hard to understand - being a Muggle. I appreciated the commentary because it helped to explain the point that Beedle was trying to make with each story.
This book is a fun read for any fan of Harry Potter because it's fun to play along. And, of course, it once again shows the genius of J.K. Rowling. But as a stand alone book, it doesn't really hold up.
My Rating: 3 Stars