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The Tales of Beedle the Bard A Wizarding Classic from the World of Harry Potter (Hardcover)

Author:  J. K. Rowling Illustrator:  J. K. Rowling
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Learn more about The Tales of Beedle the Bard:

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0545128285
ISBN-13: 9780545128285
Sku: 208755747
Publish Date: 12/4/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.5T
Pages:  128
Age Range:  15 to 19
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The Tales of Beetle Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggie readers' attention in the book Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows. Now thanks to Hermoine 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 Muggies been privey to reach these richly imaginative tales:"The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," "The Fountain of Fair Fortune,"The Warlock's Hairy Heart," "Babbitry Rabbitry and her Cackling Stump," and of course, "The Tale of the Three Brothers." But not only are they the equal of Fairy Tales we know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

This purchase also represents another very important form of giving: for every sale of this book, Scholastic will give its net proceeds to the Children's High Level Group, a charity founded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling and Emma Nicholson MEP to make life better for vulnerable children. CHLP helps around a quarter of a million children each year through its education activities, outreach work in institutions, among other beneficial practices.

From the Publisher:
Bloomsbury, in association with the Children's High Level Group, is delighted to announce THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, the first new book from J. K. Rowling since the publication of the final book in the Harry Potter series, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD played a crucial role in assisting Harry, aided by his friends Ron and Hermione, to finally defeat Lord Voldemort. Fans will be thrilled to have this opportunity to read the tales in full.||THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD is without doubt an exciting addition to the canon of Harry Potter. They also reveal the wonderful versatility of the author, as she tackles with relish the structure and varying tones of a classic fairy tale. There are five tales included in the book: 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', which is recounted in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; plus four more-- 'The Fountain of Fair Fortune', 'The Warlock's Hairy Heart', 'The Wizard and the Hopping Pot', and 'Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump'. Each tale has its own magical character and will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.||THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, is introduced and illustrated by J. K. Rowling. Also included are notes on the stories by Professor Albus Dumbledore, which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters' Archive.
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Originally just seven hand-bound, gem-encrusted copies existed of J.K. Rowling's THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, but in December of 2008, Harry Potter fans the world over were able to get their hands on this important artifact of the tremendously successful series. Used to great effect in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, these five fairytales are supplemented with notes from Dumbledore himself! Filled with magical and Muggle history, the stories include "The Tale of Three Brothers," "The Fountain of Fair Fortune," "The Warlock's Hairy Heart," "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," and "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump." Illustrations from the original volume, along with an introduction by J.K. Rowling, are included.
Author Bio
J. K. Rowling
One night, as a young J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling traveled from Manchester to London by train, an idea for a book about a boy wizard named Harry Potter formed in her mind. It would change the course of her life forever. As a young girl growing up in Chepstow, Gwent, a historic town near the Lower Wye Valley in Southern England, Rowling loved to tell stories, and started to write them down when she was 6-years-old. Throughout her schooling, she entertained her friends during lunchtime with fantastic made-up stories. After studying French at the University of Exeter, Rowling went on to work in London, until at age 26, she moved to Portugal to teach English as a second language. There, she married, became pregnant, and worked on her Harry Potter manuscript whenever she had a spare second. The death of her own mother made his orphaned state much more real to her. Rowling's marriage ended in divorce, and she moved to Edinburgh with her newborn daughter, Jessica. ||After five years of writing, and a year's worth of publisher rejections, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE was bought by Bloomsbury (U.K.) and published in June 1997. Shortly after Bloomsbury bought the manuscript, the rights were sold in America, where it was published in September 1998 as HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Her book not only received lavish praise, winning the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year and the Smarties Prize, but earned Rowling enough money to quit teaching and write full time. Her six subsequent Harry Potter books, all spectacular bestsellers, have continued to receive British and American awards, and are all being made into films. Having reached her lifelong dream of becoming a professional writer, Rowling encourages children who want to write to read as much as they can.

Praise

"The minimalist style, tone, and character construction of the tales all differ significantly from those of Rowling's novels--as they should, given the folkloric conceit--but the additional content will appeal primarily to those already steeped in the details of Harry's universe." 03/01/2009

"Rowling's formidable imagination produces stories that have the sleek lines of actual folktales, which are limned with sly humor, folk morality, and a sense of the macabre, and well integrated into the wizarding world that she created in the series proper." 03/01/2009

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   11
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0128
Product attributePublisher:   Arthur A. Levine Books
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