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In The Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales, Dr. Hannah Blevins Harvey unpacks more than 60 of our most beloved stories, fables, fairy tales, and songs from around the world - providing you with a fascinating, in-depth view into the history, context, and deeper meaning of the tales we know and love. As you travel through the catalogs of Grimm, Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Oscar Wilde, and so many more, you'll gain profound insights into how and why these stories came to be. Supplementing the stories and insights provided by Dr. Harvey, child psychiatrist Dr. Zheala Qayyum, from Yale University's Medical School and Department of Psychiatry, weighs in on the importance of stories, folktales, and imagination-building exercise in the healthy development of children, no matter where they live.

Throughout this unique course, Dr. Harvey presents not only the exploration of themes, questions, and evolutions but, as a nationally-known professional storyteller and an internationally-commended performer, she also treats you to dynamic, theatrical, and engaging tellings of cherished tales from around the world, both beloved classics and lesser-known treasures.

Join us to discover a collection of stories that will lift your heart, haunt your dreams, and challenge your expectations.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2017 The Great Courses

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Interesting material

Be sure to understand that the story parts of this were performed for an audience of small kids so there are some silly sound effects and kid focused performance.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Overdramatized and cluttered

Very disappointing. The story of Sleeping Beuaty is told with so many silly sound effects, over-the-top dramatic voices and, worst of all, added detail - that the story is lost. I tried fast forwarding through these interminable tellings to get to the meat of the lecture but wasn't able to find much meat. Try listening before you buy.

37 of 42 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!!!

I listened to this class with my 8 year old. What a wonderful storyteller - we were both completely engaged. Fantastic!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Really fun

My young daughter and I really enjoyed listening to this series together. I like the variety of stories told.

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Terrible performance.

When listening to ancient stories from around the world, you want a vaguely foreign accent not a patently American one. The speaker may have a lot of knowledge but she is not a skillful storyteller. Over dramatic and and cartoonish ... I found her delivery intolerable. As others have noted, perhaps this might appeal more to children but as an adult looking for a more intellectual discussion about the meaning behind these stories, I was disappointed.

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  • 12-13-17

A wonderful introduction...

Loved it. Good for anyone who wants to dip below the surface of fairy tales and appropriate for all audiences. My son (7yo) and I listened to the whole thing and now we are relistening. Wish there was another course like this.