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Fairy Stories of Brittany written and illustrated by Bethan Lewis -
Brittany is famous throughout the world for its unique culture and history. This
new collection of 27 traditional fairy stories is accompanied by over 70
delightful illustrations, and includes such favorites as: Princess Marcassa,
The Little White Hare, The Widow's Son and the Three Dogs, Jebedic le Ribet,
Pautr Bah Houarn (or The Man with the Iron Staff), Jeanne,
Jeanette and Jeaneton and many more.
Dragons carry away beautiful princesses; woodland pixies, (or Korrigans) do
battle against the terrible ogre called the Caragine; young men set out to seek
their fortune, and old women give wise advice as they turn their spinning wheel
or distaff by the fireside.
Storytelling in Brittany remained an essentially oral tradition right up until
the beginning of the 20th century. In the early 1900's, stories from different
parts of Brittany were collected and translated into French from the original
Breton dialects (a sister language to Welsh and Cornish) and have since become
well-loved by generations of French children. Many of these
stories are appearing for the first time in English in Bethan's book, and children
and adults will enjoy hearing or reading them again and again. Her new re-tellings
of some of the most popular traditional Breton fairy stories makes them more
easily accessible to a wider audience.
Bethan Lewis is the
daughter of Lin & Gareth Lewis, the author of One and One and Unqualified
Education. Bethan's mom, dad, and two siblings moved from England to Brittany,
France, over a decade ago so they could grow and learn together in a more rural
setting. Together, they have written books, articles, published magazines and
newsletters and illustrated them all beautifully.