Hermione Granger has translater the marvelous tales of Beedle the Bard from their original runes. Here are the tales that for generations have been taught to wizard children, with communtary from Albus Dumbledor himself, and notes from J. K. Rowling.
I read this book as a favor to a friend whose child has begun to show an interest in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling. Having read the Harry Potter books as a teen, it has been some years since I have read any of the original books.
This book was published after the original seven books, if I understand correctly, and is not connected to Harry Potter himself. Rowling has, in this book, written a collection of fables for her magical community. Much like our "Aesop's Fables," these tales are written to teach children certain morals.
Unlike the Harry Potter books, this book appears to be written for a younger audience. It includes simpler vocabulary and illustrations and is only 107 pages long.
While the morals they attempt to teach are, for the most partm morals parents do, in fact, try to teach their children, some of the stories are unpleasant and, perhaps, not something parents would like their younger children reading. My meaning being that the style is for a younger audience, while the stories themselves, are for an older one.
It is well written and developed, with Albus Dumbledor's character evident, as if Rowling took on his character while writting. I believe anyone who enjoyed the Harry Potter series would enjoy this book.
I do caution parents of younger children that this book does, in fact, have questionable content for younger readers, including a murder/suicide. Each parent is responsible for judging their own children's maturity level. I simply suggest parents may want to read this book before their youner children.
I bought this book from my local library and have permission to use the image above, granted by J. K. Rowling's PR representative with the condition that I properly credit it. Therefore, this book was written by J. K. Rowling and published by Scholastic Inc.
Middle Grade Reviews
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