Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Tales of Beedle the Bard Review (#SWUR #1)

The Summer Wrap-Up Read-a-Thon has OFFICIALLY started!!

Jude along with Jen are hosting this fun shin-dig! And even though my summer doesn't end until the 27th of this month, I'm still sad that summer is coming to a close this fast! ;(.
In three weeks, it's time for textbook reading, long hours on the computer doing unfun stuff, talking about politics (BLUH! I'm taking Poli-Sci this semester), and learning...okay so the learning thing isn't too bad!

But anyway, here's my review for my first #SWUR book!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling has literally been sitting on my bookshelf since its release in 2008! I just haven't the chance to read it, until now!
Honestly, that is a terrible excuse, I will admit that; because this book is SO SHORT!!

Anyway, so if you haven't heard of this book, which if you're a Harry Potter fan, then I'm sure you have, then let me tell you a bit about it.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard was first mentioned the seventh HP book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  It's a collection of short fairy tales, that wizarding children grow up on.  The story mentioned in HP7 was The Tale of the Three Brothers, which you may not remember is the story of how the Deathly Hallows came to be.  Do you remember the Elder Wand, the Resurrection stone, and the Invisibility cloak? Yeah, those are the Deathly Hallows.

Well anyway, The Tales of Beedle the Bard also included 4 others.  There names were The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock's Hairy Heart, and Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump.

Each one has  moral that taught a wizarding child, and I guess in my case, a Muggle, a lesson.  These stories hold morals, magic, and love.

What I loved about them really were the morals!  I LOVED reading fairy tales when I was younger, in fact sometimes I still do.  My favorite has always been Cinderella! :)

However, what I especially loved about this book was how much it reminded me this book my mom used to read to my brother and me when we were younger.  It's a German book called Der Struwwelpeter.
Here's the cover:
Pretty creepy right??!!
Well, anyway this book wasn't filled with fairy tales, but with fiction stories that dealt with things that children do that they probably shouldn't.
For instance, an example: When I was younger, I had a serious nail biting problem.  Okay, actually it wasn't too bad.  I never bit my nails until they bled or anything, but still...I bit my nails.  Well there is this story in the book that was about this boy that sucked on his thumb (okay, okay so I know it isn't biting the nails, but's putting your fingers in your mouth!), and this boy gets told by his mother everyday, "Don't suck on your thumb or someone will come and cut off your thumb!".  Well, this boy didn't listen.  He thought his mom was kidding, so he just sucked and sucked his thumb.
Well, as may have figured out, his mom was right!  A man did come! And he did cut of his thumbs!

Well, let's just say that story scared me a bit! Whenever my mom read that story to me, I would stop biting my nails...for a while at least, and then the whole process would start again of her reading me that story!

There are seriously some great stories in that book!  Even including one for those kids who don't eat their food on the dinner table!  That one FREAKED ME OUT!!!

So anyway, if you're interested in finding out more about this one, check out this Goodreads page!

Overall rating:

Because The Tales of Beedle the Bard are technically a part of Harry Potter.  So personally I'd recommend it to any Harry Potter fans 10 and up!

If you've read this book, I'd love to hear your feedback!! :)

Thanks Everyone!
The Romance Bookie :)


  1. Terry Pratchett sent up that story about the Scissor Man in his novel Hogfather. And it deserves sending up! I remember thinking when reading Beedle The Bard that you really couldn't get anything out of it unless you HAD read Harry Potter, no point in, say, reading it to your children. But my own favourite bits were the introductions by Dumbledore, such as the bt where he tells you why Hogwarts only ever did one school play, then never again!;-)

    1. Yes, definitely. If you haven't read Harry Potter, it would be pretty difficult to get into this book. However, I could totally see myself reading this book as a fairytale story book to my future children! :)