Posted on October 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A new collection of turn-of-the-century Italian fairytales brings nearly twenty stories to English for the first time.

The Pomegranates and Other Modern Italian Fairy Tales, which came out in September in the US and arrives in the UK next week, contains twenty stories written between 1875 and 1914.

Only one has previously been published in English, according to the Guardian.

But don’t rush to read them to your kids yet — at least one is, in keeping with fairytale tradition, actually quite dark.

“Donkey Skin,” an Italian version of the French story, is written by the author of Pinocchio ... however, the plot revolves around a king who decides he wants to marry his daughter.

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