So Kevin and I were wandering around Barnes and Noble yesterday (yes, no one scold me for being in a chain store – you take what you can get when you’re desperate for books), and after a bit of a hunt for the folklore section, we found a great collection of Annotated Classic Fairy Tales – compiled by Harvard’s own Maria Tatar. Imagine my delight. Me, the woman fascinated with fairy tales, finding a book that not only lets me read them but also know the larger significance of key images or allusions to other texts. And then, there’s collections of illustrations of some of the classics as well. It’s a beautiful book.

I’ve owned the Annotated Alice in Wonderland for years, and I highly recommend both books – or the one on the The Wizard of Oz or the other on Grimms’ Fairy Tales if you have a chance to get them.