Anna James: Pages & Co. – Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales (HarperCollins Publishers 2019)
Jacob Grimm – Wilhelm Grimm: Grimms’ Fairy Tales (HarperCollins Publishers 2019)
I had already written about the first part of Anna James’ book series in an earlier post . I just read the second volume now and I was big fond of it. This book was also very atmospheric: It made me want to read more books. In this episode, Tilly and Oscar’s journey led to Paris, where they ventured into fairy tales and got into trouble, true to their habit. The book didn’t have a conclusive end, so I can only remain excited until the next part I ordered arrives.
Speaking of fairy tales, I thought I’d read the stories our protagonists got into. Well-known fairy tales such as Snow White or the Little Red Riding Hood are always referred to as Grimm tales, when in fact the Brothers Grimm did not write the tales themselves but, as linguists, worked to preserve and collect tales passed down through oral tradition. The first edition was published in 1812 and contained 156 tales, and the last, seventh edition already included 211 tales. It is worth reading old tales again sometimes because who knows what can one find in them.