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Children's Charity to Publish J.K. Rowling's `Beedle the Bard'
J.K. Rowling's ``The Tales of Beedle the Bard,'' a handwritten book of fairy tales that Amazon.com Inc. bought for £1.95 million in December, will be published to raise an estimated 4 million pounds for deprived European children, an English charity said today.
The Children's High Level Group, a charity co-founded by Rowling, said in an e-mailed statement that proceeds from the exclusive agreement with Amazon and publishers Bloomsbury Plc and Scholastic Corp. will aid the more than one million European children and teenagers growing up in ``large residential institutions,'' often without adequate food and shelter.
``The Tales of Beedle the Bard,'' a book of five wizardry fairy tales mentioned in ``Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,'' is one of seven copies Rowling handmade after finishing the Potter series.
The Children's High Level Group said it plans to publish three editions of the book, all in English, to be printed and distributed by Bloomsbury, Scholastic and Amazon.
The Bloomsbury and Scholastic editions, priced at 6.99 pounds and $12.99, respectively, will include an introduction by Rowling and commentary on each fairy tale from Albus Dumbledore, the beloved headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the statement said.
Amazon plans to produce as many as 100,000 copies of a collector's edition that will mimic the look and feel of the handwritten original, the release said. It will be priced at £50 All editions go on sale on Dec. 4th.