Faeries, Elves, and Goblins, The Old Stories
By Rosalind Kerven
Pub Date: Available for Pre-order now.
I was overjoyed to find this book, because recently I’ve been wanting to read a lot about faeries from the old stories. I’d found a few folklore publications in academic journals that were out of copyright due to age, but the language was so dated that it was hard to enjoy the stories. This book is well researched; I recognized a few of the stories and they stayed very true to the originals, but the language was updated and it made them all so very much more pleasurable to read.
The stories themselves are all enjoyable, and fairly short, and make very good reading, either for a short break, out in the garden, or to be read aloud to children. There are stories of helpful faeries, trickster fairies, faerie weddings, and faerie time travel. The subject of faerie abduction is covered in a few stories, where children are taken and changelings left in their place. Interspersed with the stories are bits of faerie lore, and short discussions of regional fables and legends and how these creatures differ place to place.
The stories of Old England are quite enthralling. Faerie queens and Medieval kings dance across the landscape of fae lore. The illustrations only add to the charm of the book- the stories are painted vivid and rich on their own. Some of the stories are a bit horrifying, but never told in an ungentle way, they would be appropriate for most children, but adults will enjoy them as well. The vocabulary is modern and appropriate for all age groups, though younger children will have plenty of new words to learn from.
A true treasure of fae lore, I think it has a place on the shelf of anyone that loves the stories and legends of the little people. I know I do. I had a ball reading this book. I enjoyed knowing that these are the stories that carried the faerie lore through centuries into the present time. It was really fun.
I was originally given a publication date of August 28th, 2013, on this book. If I learn more about when it’s going to be released, I’ll update this post. For now, it’s available for pre-order in both hard copy and on Kindle.
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