In this innovative book, seven traditional tales are beautifully retold. Appealing to children, these are also intended to inspire new meaning for adults. Combined with each classical retelling is a short story that aims to maintain the spirit and messages contained in the children’s versions.
These parallel stories are specifically written for adults, set in a wide range of environments, and featuring characters who encounter a whole host of very real human challenges and dilemmas. Loan sharks and wife-beaters, compulsive gamblers and manslaughterers all feature here. But so too do stories of transformation and redemption, and journeys of self-discovery and unlikely friendship.
Each pair of stories is accompanied by a commentary on how they might be interpreted. The result is a collection of wonderful tales that may continue to enthral children, whilst offering fresh levels of meaning that might be appreciated by an older audience.
Please note: The traditional tales that are included in this title (and having familiar titles) are suitable for children. Each new, parallel tale is intended for an adult audience.