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Old-Time Stories   By: (1628-1703)

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Old-Time Stories by Charles Perrault is a charming collection of classic fairy tales that have been enchanting readers for centuries. Originally published in the late 17th century, these timeless stories have shaped our perception of traditional folklore and continue to captivate audiences of all ages.

What makes this collection so special is Perrault's ability to breathe life into these tales with his narrative style and attention to detail. From familiar stories like "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood" to lesser-known gems like "The Fairies" and "Ricky of the Tuft", Perrault's storytelling prowess shines through. Each story is carefully crafted to convey morals and lessons, allowing readers to delve into a world of fantasy while simultaneously reflecting on the values they embody.

One of the strongest aspects of Old-Time Stories is the depth and personality that Perrault infuses into his characters. Whether it's the lovable band of fairy godmothers in "Sleeping Beauty" or the cunning Puss in Boots, these characters come to life on the pages, making it easy for readers to become emotionally invested in their outcomes. Perrault's attention to detail in describing their mannerisms, appearances, and motivations adds an extra layer of richness to the overall reading experience.

In addition to the captivating stories and well-developed characters, Old-Time Stories also provides glimpses into French society during the late 17th century. Perrault's work reflects the cultural values and beliefs of his time, allowing readers to gain insights into historical perspectives while enjoying the tales. This combination of entertainment and educational value makes the book more than just a collection of fairy tales; it becomes a window into a different era.

While some readers may question the relevance of such old stories in today's digital age, Old-Time Stories has a universal appeal that transcends time. Its themes of love, bravery, and morality are timeless and continue to resonate with contemporary readers. In fact, these stories have served as the foundation for countless retellings, adaptations, and inspiration for new tales, further emphasizing their enduring significance.

Old-Time Stories by Charles Perrault is a delightful collection that reaffirms the power of storytelling and the lasting impact of fairy tales. With its vivid characters, insightful morals, and historical context, this book has an enduring charm that will continue to captivate readers for generations to come. Whether read aloud to children or enjoyed by adults seeking a nostalgic escape, this classic collection stands the test of time as a literary treasure.

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translated from the French by A·E·Johnson with illustrations by


[Illustration: Decoration]


First Published, 1921

Printed in Great Britain


Of the eleven tales which the present volume comprises, the first eight are from the master hand of Charles Perrault. Charles Perrault (1628 1703) enjoyed much distinction in his day, and is familiar to students of French literature for the prominent part that he played in the famous Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns , which so keenly occupied French men of letters in the latter part of the seventeenth century. But his fame to day rests upon his authorship of the traditional Tales of Mother Goose; or Stories of Olden Times , and so long as there are children to listen spellbound to the adventures of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and that arch rogue Puss in Boots, his memory will endure.

To the eight tales of Perrault three others have been added here. 'Beauty and the Beast,' by Mme Leprince de Beaumont (1711 1781), has a celebrity which warrants its inclusion, however inferior it may seem, as an example of the story teller's art, to the masterpieces of Perrault... Continue reading book >>

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