The Norwegian American: New edition, old tales

The Norwegian American

d'Aulaires' Book of Norwegian FolktalesThe classic folktales in this reprint pull the reader into an imaginary world where good behavior guarantees rewards and magical characters appear when the hero and heroine are at their wit’s end.

A consistent hero in the Norwegian folk tradition is the Cinderlad or Ash Lad (Norwegian: Askeladden). This character is a classic underdog. He starts life with no education or opportunities and opposition from his own family. Because of his courage, hard work, and perseverance, he wins the princess and half the kingdom. d’Aulaires’ Book of Norwegian Folktales contains two Cinderlad tales.

Even a brave and persevering hero or heroine needs a little magic now and then.

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