The Juniper Tree

The title of this new book for grownups is alarming, but it is also authentic.  It is a line from a sweet, sad, spooky song in the traditional German folktale, “The Juniper Tree.”

The book with the alarming title is a collection of short stories—modern  re-tellings of traditional folktales by some of today’s literary luminaries, including Neil Gaiman and Francesca Lia Block.

Folktales are old stories. They’ve been passed down through the generations.  These old stories offer rich material, and today’s writers love to revisit and reinterpret them.

The Children’s Department has a magnificent folklore collection.  Writers, storytellers, historians, artists, teachers, students and more come to re-read old favorites and to discover over-looked or little-known tales for the first time.

In their reading and retelling, these old tales are new again.

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