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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the book given to Hermione Granger in the last Harry Potter book. She translated them from Ancient Runes, and each story is followed by a commentary from Dumbledore. The five tales, accompanied by illustrations, are typical of the style found in the Harry Potter series. They're a mix of humor and suspense, good and evil, with a captivating storyline. The tales are more like the Brothers Grimm than Mother Goose. The Associated Press says, "This isn't a full-length book, though, so it doesn't have the depth and emotional heft that were the hallmark of the series. But it really is a gift to fans. It rewards them for their dedication to the world of Harry Potter by giving them more glimpses into that place. Dumbledore's commentary is a particular pleasure, especially when he recounts details that make certain aspects of the series a little clearer."