Through the Water Curtain, & Other Global Folktales

It’s no surprise that we might have a penchant for folklore here at Breathing Books…after all, the Reckless series, and so many of Cornelia’s magical stories, draw from folk and fairytales! While many of us are most familiar with Anglo-centric and European folklore, all around the world there are rich oral traditions, magical stories, and centuries of lore told by firesides. Through the Water Curtain (Pushkin Press), an anthology of global folktales curated by Cornelia Funke, explores folklore from oral traditions in Japan, Siberia, Germany, and beyond.

Here are just a few folktales from around the world that we’ve grown to love:

Our Favorite Holiday Reads

With the holidays coming up, it’s a busy time of year…which means it’s the perfect time to re-read some old (and newer) favorites! Returning to books we’ve loved before is an easy way to indulge the urge to read as much as we can, while also being able to leave off and pick up between holiday activities and spending time with family. Check out a few of our favorite holiday stories:

Helping Families Rebuild After the California Fires

Thousands of people across both Southern and Northern California have been affected by the recent wildfires and, as firefighters continue to fight some fires, elsewhere people have begun to return to their homes.

As we think about the Thanskgiving holiday this week, we’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude for the basics: safety, shelter, the health of our friends, coworkers, and chosen family. In light of all those for whom these basics are now uncertain, we wanted to provide a few resources and ways to support the ongoing efforts across our state to provide food, shelter, and clothing to those who have been displaced.

A Look Inside INKHEART. . .

DW Akademie recently published this in-depth piece that takes a look at the creation of Inkheart. Did you know?…after Inkheart was published, Cornelia Funke quickly followed it with Inkspell and Inkdeath, each coming out just two years later!

Find out more about Inkheart, and the story behind the story, here.

The Griffin's Feather Notebooks

Whenever Cornelia Funke starts thinking about a new story, she starts with an A4 notebook.

Story ideas often begin for Cornelia with jotted notes, sketches, and clippings of pictures that catch her eye. Then those jotted notes—a character’s habits, description of a landscape—grow until she’s finished the first handwritten draft!

Our Autumn Reading List

In the words of our Southern friends: happy fall, y’all! We hope you’re enjoying cooler weather, crunchy leaves, and a hot cup of tea/coffee/cocoa on these cooler fall days.

As the days get shorter, autumn’s darker afternoons offer a perfect time to curl up in a comfy sweater with a book (or three!). Here are a few of Cornelia’s favorite fall reads, plus some from our TBR pile for the next couple cozy months:

The Glass of Lead & Gold: A Magical Review

Our friends at Pushkin Press published Cornelia Funke’s latest addition to the Reckless series/MirrorWorld this fall: The Glass of Lead & Gold.

In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister stranger asks her to keep her eyes open for a priceless, long-lost magical object: the Glass of Lead and Gold.