Swedish Fairy Tales retold in English by Irma Kaplan ; illustrated by Carol Calder
Swedish Fairy Tales retold in English by Irma Kaplan ; illustrated by Carol Calder
Swedish Fairy Tales retold in English by Irma Kaplan ; illustrated by Carol Calder
Swedish Fairy Tales retold in English by Irma Kaplan ; illustrated by Carol Calder
Swedish Fairy Tales retold in English by Irma Kaplan ; illustrated by Carol Calder
Swedish Fairy Tales retold in English by Irma Kaplan ; illustrated by Carol Calder

Swedish Fairy Tales retold in English by Irma Kaplan ; illustrated by Carol Calder

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Chicago : Follett publishing Co., 1953. First edition. Hardcover. 229 pages ; illustrated ; 20 cm. $3.50 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!


FAIRY TALES from SWEDEN by IRMA KAPLAN
Illustrated by Carol Calder
Cover Painting by Charles Mikolaycek

It has been said that the modern child, though surrounded by mechanical and scientific wonders, is still held spellbound by the magic of old tales. The author of Fairy Tales from Sweden, Irma Kaplan, believes that many a scientist has been spurred on by the things he has read as a child. It is the magic—and yet also truth—in fairy tales that he has tried to make come true.

Both the child and the scientist dreams —as indeed does anyone—of a better world. It is this universal hunger for truth and poetic justice that makes the fairy tale so satisfying—the need for a world where the wicked never go unpunished and gentle hearts are always rewarded with love and good fortune.
But, if here there is loving reinforcement for the good against the hostile world, there is also truth and forewarning in the "Love suffereth long" message of such tales as "East of the Sun" and "Prince Hat."

Such truths are common to tales the world over but the tales embodying them, having been handed down by word of mouth for generations in Sweden, have come to include creatures typical to Swedish folklore—the wood witch, trolls, Necken (a kind of water-troll), and many others.

IRMA KAPLAN was born in Gothenburg, Sweden. After finishing school and studies abroad, she went to Uppsala, there attending the Etisk- Pedagogiska Institute. In 1922 and 1923, when, as she says, there was a different kind of world and another Europe for a young girl who could enjoy old culture and fine Paintings, she spent another two years abroad in England and Germany.

On returning to Gothenburg, she entertained children from neighboring villas with story evenings and arranged a children's theater. Castles and Palaces materialized out of cardboard, were arranged with woods about them, and were shortly inhabited with all kinds of fairy tale creatures.

With the loss of her father in 1928, and the onset of the depression, Irma Kaplan left home and became employed first as a secretary, work which didn't suit her, and then as a governess. Later she was engaged as a teacher in a girls' boarding school where she could also indulge in her love of nature, skating, swimming, and bicycling.

Since 1948, she has been teaching at Nya Elementarskolan, a girls' school, the only one now remaining in Stockholm where it is possible to study from the very first school year to the highest level and pass the university examination.

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