So I've been thinking about fairy tales this week, and thought this would be a good time to share a book I have loved since I was old enough to read. Growing up, some of the books I re-read most often were the old fairy tale collections that had belonged to my father when he was a little boy. And my most favorite of these was Old Swedish Fairy Tales, by Anna Whalenberg (translated by Antoinette DeCoursey Patterson, Hampton Publishing Company, 1925).
These are lovely stories. There's castle on an island held up by the hand of a sleeping underwater giant, and magic soap bubbles and water nymphs and good people being rewarded by magic (and less good people getting what they deserve too) and a witch in the woods and a woman who loved a tree (shown at right)...and I read them over and over again.
It truly is a wonderful collection of stories, and it seems to be readily available (on Amazon it starts at $18.28).
Here's a teaser for my favorite story, one that started my love affair with fictional glass-blowing:
Anyone else have a favorite fairy tale collection from their childhood that they still treasure?