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fairy tale retellings

Vassa in the Night

, || A modern retelling of the Russian folktale “Vassilissa the Beautiful”. In Vassa’s Brooklyn neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue...

Briar Rose

, || Read the new preface from Jane Yolen's graceful retelling of the German folktale of “Briar Rose”—also known as “Sleeping Beauty”. Yolen sets the story amid forests patrolled by the German army during World War II, and confronts the deeply tragic events of the Holocaust with lyrical prose and rich characterizations that tell a tale of good and evil, hope and despair.