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The extraordinary folktales collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe began appearing in Norway in 1841. Over the next two decades the publication of subsequent editions under the title Norske folkeeventyr made the names Asbjørnsen and Moe synonymous with Norwegian storytelling traditions. Tiina Nunnally’s vivid translation of their monumental collection is the first new English translation in more than 150 years—and the first ever to include all sixty original tales.
Magic and myth inhabit these pages in figures both familiar and strange. Giant trolls and talking animals are everywhere. The winds take human form. A one-eyed old woman might seem reminiscent of the Norse god Odin. We meet sly aunts, resourceful princesses, and devious robbers. The clever and fearless boy Ash Lad often takes center stage as he ingeniously breaks spells and defeats enemies to win half the kingdom. These stories, set in Norway’s majestic landscape of towering mountains and dense forests, are filled with humor, mischief, and sometimes surprisingly cruel twists of fate. All are rendered in the deceptively simple narrative style perfected by Asbjørnsen and Moe—now translated into an English that is as finely tuned to the modern ear as it is true to the original Norwegian.
Included here—for the very first time in English—are Asbjørnsen and Moe’s Forewords and Introductions to the early Norwegian editions of the tales. Asbjørnsen gives us an intriguing glimpse into the actual collection process and describes how the stories were initially received, both in Norway and abroad. Equally fascinating are Moe’s views on how central characters might be interpreted and his notes on the regions where each story was originally collected. Nunnally’s informative Translator’s Note places the tales in a biographical, historical, and literary context for the twenty-first century.
The Norwegian folktales of Asbjørnsen and Moe are timeless stories that will entertain, startle, and enthrall readers of all ages.
Create a fond memory of parent and child, cuddling together and giggling as they turn the pages of ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff.’
Susan Price, who wrote the words, is a well-known writer for children and young people, who won the prestigious Carnegie medal for her work. Andrew Price is an accomplished graphic artist who provides illustrations full of humour, colour and character.
This well-known, traditional story of ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ tells how the goats outwit a troll and live to feast on the greener grass at the other side of the bridge.
Each page is packed with detail. It’s told in a vivid, comic-book style, with sound-effects arching across pages and the words in many speech-bubbles begging to be shouted aloud. Plenty of opportunity to enjoy making a noise together!
The text is short, but full of repeated phrases and rhymes. Children will soon be able to join in the telling, as well as learning to recognise many of the printed words.
Early prowess in reading pays dividends throughout a child’s education: and learning to listen to and follow a story is a valuable skill in itself. Encouraging a love of stories and reading is perhaps the greatest boost a parent can give to their child’s education — as well as the opportunity to be close and enjoy the tale.
If you and your child love reading funny, exciting, page-turning picture-books together, then you’ll both love Susan and Andrew Price’s fresh retelling of ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff.’
Buy ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ by Susan and Andrew Price for cuddles and giggles today!
There’s also a Three Billy Goats’ Activity Book where children can colour in the pictures and help Little Goat fill in words and letters missing from the story. Very good for reading and writing practice!
This book is by a UK author, but the wording of this book complies with US spelling.
a man at night. Nina is happy living with the white bear,
but she wants to see the man. But there is a problem. If
Nina sees the prince as a man, he must go and live with
an ugly princess. The ugly princess lives far away in a
castle east of the sun and west of the moon.