The Tales of Beedle the Bard British First Edition Hardcover by J. K. Rowling
(Harry Potter)

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If you loved JK Rowling's Harry Potter books then you will love The Tales of Beedle The Bard! I highly recommend this book...
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The original British first hardcover edition, released in London on December 4, 2008 by Bloomsbury UK in cooperation with The Children's High Level Group (CHLG). CHLG is a charity co-founded by J.K. Rowling and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne. The CHLG campaigns to protect and promote children's rights and make life better for vulnerable young people.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the volume of wizarding fairly tales left to Hermione Granger by Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The tales contained clues that were to prove crucial to Harry Potter's final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort, but only one of the five stories - The Tale of the Three Brothers - was recounted in theat book.

This volume reveals the four remaining tales, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, alongside notes by Professor Dumbledore and illustrations by JK Rowling. The entire five tales are: The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, The Tale of the Three Brothers, The Wizard and the Hopping Pot and Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump.

JK Rowling says: "Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children in Eastern Europe are living in appalling conditions in large, residential institutions. Contrary to popular belief, fewer than 4% of them are orphans, but are in care because they are considered disabled or their families are poor or from ethnic minorities. The charity is publishing The Tales of Beedle the Bard to raise money to fund our work in helping these children out of institutions and in to loving families or community care homes.

"I hope that The Tales of Beedle the Bard will not only be a welcome present to Harry Potter fans, but an opportunity to give these abandoned children a voice. It will encourage young people across the world to think about those who are less fortunate and help change many young lives for the better."

 

About J. K. Rowling

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Since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stonein 1997, the Harry Potter novels have sold 400 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 65 languages. J. K. Rowling has generated huge popular appeal for her books across the generations in an unprecedented fashion: she was the first children's author to be voted the BA Author of the Year, and also to win the British Book Awards Author of the Year. J. K. Rowling lives with her family in Edinburgh.
 
Published January 1, 2008 by London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Izzymcq on Jul 27 2011

If you loved JK Rowling's Harry Potter books then you will love The Tales of Beedle The Bard! I highly recommend this book...

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Reviewed by Kate Kellaway on Dec 13 2008

It's a curiosity, a collector's item, an intricate in-joke complete with footnotes that will engross any close student of Harry Potter.

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Dec 13 2008

The humour is in Dumbledore's notes. There is a certain amount of mock-scholarly fun, and the opportunity for the author to get back at some of her more pious critics...for all their air of self-mockery, the notes protest too much on the part of Rowling's own endeavour.

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Reviewed by JEFF JENSEN on Dec 10 2008

Dumbledore’s witty, richly imagined analysis permits Rowling to vent her spleen on various pet issues:? censorship, intolerance, condescending children’s lit. Rowling also interjects some choice barbs in her own voice; in the foreword, she asks us to note the absence of passive, hapless sleeping beauties needing knightly rescue.

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Reviewed by Susan Whelan on Dec 06 2008

While fans may be disappointed that no further secrets or information about their favourite Harry Potter characters are revealed, they will no doubt enjoy Dumbledore’s commentary of the tales and the connection with the final book of the series.

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Reviewed by Floresiensis on Mar 01 2012

Warty cooking pots, hairy shrivelled hearts and talking tree stumps are just some of the delights that are found within these stories and of course the tale of the Three Brothers who try to trick Death and request three gifts...I just can’t think of a good enough reason NOT to buy a copy.

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