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Tales from a Finnish Tupa

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
An illustrated collection of folktales from Finland, including the magical tale "Vaino and the Swan Princess," the humorous story "The Pig-headed Wife," and the fable "The Bear Goes Fishing."
Library, 288 pages
Published October 23rd 2009 (first published 1936)
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James Perkins
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nobody I know in Finland has ever heard of these stories. I suppose they are no longer taught in the Finnish school curriculum, if they ever were, but they should be. These amusing tales are not just fairy stories, with the usual magic, morals, and talking animals - they put a peculiarly Finnish slant on the genre. The magic is outrageous, but the wizards are modest; the violence is minimal, with people and animals using their wits rather than their brawn; and there is almost always some wry hum ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: folklore
"These folk tales make much and varied use of the power of words, but they also depict the life of a strange people. Their customs, their beliefs, their sorrows, and their laughter, in short their entire culture, is herein recorded for all time.

The Finns were a pastoral people. They loved their fields and their flocks, their rivers and lakes, and their deep, wild forests. They loved peace and hated violence. They approved of strength and courage and right doing, and liked nothing better than to
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful collection of folktales and fairy tales from Finland. It includes variants on more familiar stories, like Chicken Little and Cinderella, as well as some very northern tales about ice and saunas. There's even a short section of tales from the Finnish equivalent of Chelm.
The stories range from short fables to longer tales. Margery Williams did a great job of turning these tales into readable prose.
My only tiny quibble with the book's format was that it had a lot of really grea
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
These are the folks tales I grew up on, passed down from my mother and my grandmother in a original edition. I've long been fascinated by the lessons imparted in fables, fairy tales and folklore the world over, both for their universality and uniqueness. There is far more commonality in most children's literature than I expected. Tales from a Finnish Tupa is an interesting exception. Perhaps due to the geographic isolation or the largely homogenous population, these tales are unique in their tel ...more
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it
This was a quick and easy read. A retelling of of some classic Finnish folk stories; a very unadorned kind of writing. Has the typical "folk story" feel to the storytelling. I found it easy and enjoyable, and liked the use of Finnish words and phrases in many of the stories, but ultimately nothing seemed too profound. Perhaps some more commentary would have been interesting for me to read, although I understand that that wasn't really the aim of this book. Overall an enjoyable but probably rathe ...more
Nancy Ellen
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an old book, one I've owned since I was a child. Not easy to find Finnish folktales! As I am partly Finnish, I treasure this book and always have. Many of the stories have fairly familiar fairy tale themes; others are more unusual. Several are favorites. I love this book and recommend it, if you can find it! P.S. -- the illustrations are really wonderful and different.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating folklore from a culture that is not well-known to American audiences.
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