Fairy Tales

May 9, 2010
(was 06.28.2009)

Kids (and adults) around the world are counting the days to the July release of the next Harry Potter film. What to read while you're waiting? Tales of magic and wizardry go back thousands of years. This time on To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll introduce you to some you may not be familiar with. Myths and legends about magic and witchcraft, and forgotten fairy tales - from an animated version of the Ramayana to the dadaist fairy tales the Nazis tried to burn.

  1. Annie Gauger on "The Wind in the Willows"

    Annie Gauger has edited a brand new annotated version of the classic novel "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame.

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  2. Nina Paley on Ramayana

    Nina Paley has made a film using animation, Indonesian shadow puppets and a ‘20s era jazz singer to re-tell the story from the Ramayana of the marriage of the Hindu god Rama and his wife, Sita.

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  3. Musharraf Ali Farooqi on Urdu Legends

    Musharraf Ali Farooqi is the translator of "The Adventures of Amir Hamza" and "Hoshruba."

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  4. Maria Tatar on Childhood Stories

    Maria Tatar is the author of "Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood." She talks with Steve Paulson about what makes fairy tales so compelling to children.

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  5. Jack Zipes on Kurt Schwitters Tales

    Kurt Schwitters was a celebrated modern artist in Europe in the twenties and thirties but his career was cut short by the Nazis. Now, his tales have been translated and edited by Jack Zipes.

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