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A Study of Fairy Tales by Laura Kready

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A Study of Fairy Tales
by Laura F. Kready

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First published in 1916, this book is an interesting historical document sharing many theories of childhood education and the usage of fairy tales in education from the early 20th century. Some of the concepts have changed over the years, and some are still in use today.

In addition to the emphasis on education, Laura F. Kready provides substantial--and mostly still accurate--information about the history of fairy tales, including an extensive timeline, in Chapter 4.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1:
The Worth of Fairy Tales

Chapter 2:
Principles of Selection for Fairy Tales

Chapter 3:
The Telling of Fairy Tales

Chapter 4:
The History of Fairy Tales

Chapter 5:
Classes of Fairy Tales

Chapter 6:
Sources of Material for Fairy Tales: A List of Fairy Tales, Picture-Books, Poems and Books


The text came from:

Kready, Laura F. A Study of Fairy Tales. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1916.

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