This is one of those books that I keep buying and giving away a copy. Each of the stories tells you where it is from, and Jane Yolen, children's author, made sure to pick out stories that were a little off the beaten track but still have similar themes to the fairy tales that you grew up with. The writing style changes to reflect the region and it has a logical method of progression through the book of short stories. It covers mythology that is pretty core to the cultures.
I love this book, I cannot say it enough. Well done, Ms. Yolen. Well done.