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Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and other favorite tales
Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703.
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Contes des fées. Selections. English
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams, 2000.

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163 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Little Red Riding Hood / illustrated by Corinne Chalmeau -- The fairies / illustrated by Fabienne Fesseydre -- Puss in Boots / illustrated by Lionel le Néouanic -- Blue Beard / illustrated by Jérôme Ruillier -- Cinderella / illustrated by Florence Pinel -- Ricky of the Tuft / illustrated by Stéphan Laplanche -- Sleeping Beauty in the woods / illustrated by Florence Langlois -- Little Tom Thumb / illustrated by Emmanuelle Houdart.
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PZ8.P426 CI2 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
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Charles Perrault published his universally celebrated fairy tales - which included Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Cinderella and Little Tom Thumb - in 1697. This lavishly-illustrated volume presents his original texts.

Author Notes

Charles Perrault was born in Paris on January 12, 1628. He was the son of an upper-class burgeois family and attended the best schools, becoming a lawyer in 1651. After being a lawyer for some time, he was appointed chief clerk in the king's building, superintendent's office in 1664. While there, he induced Colbert to establish a fund called Liste des Bienfaits du Roi, to give pensions to writers and savants not only in France but in Europe. He took part in the creation of the Academy of Sciences as well as the restoration of the Academy of Painting. When the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres was founded by Colbert in 1663, Perrault was made secretary for life. Having written but a few popular poems, he was elected to the French Academy in 1671, and on the day of his inauguration he invited the public to be admitted to the meeting, a privilege that has ever since been continued.

Perrault laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) and La Barbe bleue (Bluebeard). His stories continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (for example, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty), theatre, and film. He also wrote Parallèles des Anciens et des Modernes (the Parallels between the Ancients and the Moderns), from 1688 to 1697, which compared the authors of antiquity unfavorably to more modern writers, and caused a debate that lasted for years.

Charles Perrault died on May 16, 1703.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-New translations of often-adapted Perrault tales, first published in 1697 as Histoires ou contes du temps pass avec des moralits. Johnson provides a fresh look at "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Fairies" (also known as "Diamonds and Toads"), "Puss in Boots," "Blue Beard," "Cinderella," "Ricky of the Tuft," "The Sleeping Beauty," and "Little Tom Thumb." Children may have forgotten, or may never have known, that Little Red Riding Hood gets eaten by the wolf and that Sleeping Beauty's awakening is only the beginning of her story. Perrault's morals in verse also allow readers to rethink the tales. Each story is illustrated by a different French artist on partial spreads and in spot art on every page. The large text and use of white space add to the sense of elegance in the design. A short introduction lends some context to the translation, although John Bierhorst's The Glass Slipper: Charles Perrault's Tales from Times Past (Four Winds, 1981; o.p.) provides a much more intriguing and informative afterword and bibliography. As it contains the same eight tales, libraries that already own that book may not need this new one even though it is colorful and enticing. Libraries without such a collection should easily find use for this bright new translation of long-ago stories.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.