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Contes et légendes 1re Partie   By: (1859-1929)

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Contes et légendes 1re Partie by Hélène A. Guerber is a captivating and comprehensive collection of traditional stories and myths. This book takes readers on a remarkable journey through different cultures and eras, presenting a rich tapestry of folklore from around the world.

One of the remarkable strengths of this book is its scope. Guerber has painstakingly curated tales from diverse cultures, including Greek, Norse, Persian, and African, to name just a few. Each story is engagingly retold, preserving the essence of the original narratives while making them accessible to a modern audience. This allows readers to gain an understanding of various mythologies and cultural traditions, fostering a deeper appreciation for the many ways in which humanity has interpreted and explained the world.

Another aspect that sets this book apart is Guerber's mastery of storytelling. Her prose effortlessly brings these ancient and sometimes complex tales to life, capturing the imagination of readers and transporting them to far-off lands and distant times. The vivid descriptions and well-paced narratives create a sense of anticipation and wonder, making it a joy to discover each new tale.

Furthermore, Guerber's attention to detail and her extensive research shine through in the book. The footnotes provide valuable contextual information, explaining cultural references and historical contexts. This additional layer of knowledge enhances the reading experience, allowing readers to delve deeper into the stories and their origins.

Though the book primarily targets young readers, it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The universal themes explored in these tales - such as love, bravery, and the eternal struggle between good and evil - resonate with readers from various walks of life. This makes the book not only an ideal choice for cultivating a love for folklore in young minds but also an enriching experience for adults seeking to reconnect with these timeless stories.

Overall, Contes et légendes 1re Partie is an exemplary collection of traditional stories that succeeds admirably in its objective of introducing readers to the world of myths and legends. Guerber's skill as a storyteller and her meticulous research make this book an essential addition to any library, providing both entertainment and a deeper understanding of our shared human heritage.

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Roger et Marguerite


This little collection of Legends and Fairy Tales is intended merely as an introduction to general French reading. The stories have been told as simply as possible, with infinite repetition of the same words and idioms to enable the pupil to obtain a good vocabulary almost unconsciously. They have also been narrated as graphically as practicable to arouse an interest in the plot, to stimulate curiosity, and thereby induce the pupil to read to the end.

With the exception of the first tale of the series, for which I have purposely selected the common nursery story, "The Three Bears," I have carefully avoided the tales which are most familiar, or have given them in some unusual version, so that only by knowing the meaning of the words the sense of the story can be obtained.

This method has been used with most gratifying results with pupils of all ages either with or without the accompaniment of a grammar, and it is very gradual, to facilitate rapid progress in the language.

Of course, the results to be achieved depend greatly upon the instructor, but I have found that where daily lessons were the rule, the pupils, at the end of a very short time, were able to read simple histories and novels at sight with much pleasure and profit... Continue reading book >>

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