New Tales for Old
Folktales As Literary Fictions for Young Adults
by Gail de Vos, Anna E. Altmann
October 1999, 408pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-56308-447-8
$45, £34, 38€, A65
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The timeless themes and versatility of folk tales have helped them survive and flourish over centuries, taking on myriad forms-short story, picture book, film, poem, and novel. This book gathers together a number of popular folktale reworkings (not just simple retellings) in a variety of genres that appeal to young adults. After discussing the nature of folktales, their cultural context, and the characteristics that make them attractive to young adults, de Vos and Altmann interpret specific tales (e.g., The Frog Prince, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin), describing their many reworkings and offering suggestions for using the material with young adults.

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