Rebecca O’Connell shared the folowing with me:
“Whenever she travels, Ms. Funke visits bookstores to search for old versions of fairy tales.” Elements of folktales and fairy tales work their way into her imaginative novels of dragons, thieves, and magic.
Folktales have the ability to inspire new stories—and new ways of telling old ones. The Children’s Department has an extensive collection of multicultural folktales. Part of our job is to take care of these books, to preserve them and catalog them, to make sure that they are available to the public. Our shelves are full of old folktales from all over the world, ready and waiting to inspire the next Cornelia Funke.
Cornelia Funke will be speaking here on Sunday, the finale of this season’s Black, White and Read program. We hope she will have time to browse our collection of old, multicultural folklore collections. And we hope you will, too.