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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Princes and princesses, kings and queens, giants and dwarfs, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres — these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and all times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved.
From the day that they were first printed, the Lang fairy books of many colors have entertained thousands of boys and girls, as they have also brought pleasure to the many parents who have read these unforgettable classics to their children. The Crimson Fairy Book contains a fascinating collection of tales from many countries: Filled with imagination, excitement, and adventure, these tales will delight children with their illogical yet strangely reasonable events, and will offer parents a pleasant change from the well-worn favorites.
One story — "The Cottager and His Cat" — tells of how cats were introduced into Iceland; another Japanese tale — "The Crab and the Monkey" — tells how a crab gets the best of a roguish monkey; and a remarkable tale — "Little Wildrose" — from Rumania tells how a beautiful child was reared in an eagle's nest. All in all, the collection contains 36 stories, all narrated in the clear, lively prose for which Lang was famous.
Not only are Lang's generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as his first-rate literary abilities make his collections unmatchable in the English language.
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To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. In the late 19th century, historian, scholar, and anthropologist, Andrew Lang, began publishing collections of fairy tales from around the world. Lang was not a true ethnologist, like the German Brothers Grimm. In fact, many stories in his first volume, such as Rumpelstiltskin; Snow White; Sleeping Beauty; Cinderella; and Hansel and Gretel were translated from Grimm's books of fairy tales.
My inspiration for commenting Lang's series of fairy tale books is for the sheer quantity of tales, the wonderful woodcut illustrations, some few of which may have become almost as popular as the tales although not quite in the same league as Sir John Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's great fantasies , and the fact that I had these when I was young. With twelve of these books, with between 30 and 36 stories in each book, this gives one about different stories. If I were to recommend anything as standard equipment at a grandparents' house, it would be a complete set of these books.
You will encounter a fair number of words with which even an adult may be unfamiliar, let alone a five year old. This requires at least three explanations. What is sulfur, what is porridge, and why is sulfur in porridge such a bad thing. But, if you're a grandparent, that's half the fun, explaining new words and ideas to the young-uns. In these stories, lots of people and creatures get killed in very unpleasant ways, and lots of very good people and creatures suffer in very unpleasant ways.
It's ironic that the critics in Lang's own time felt the stories were 'unreality, brutality, and escapism to be harmful for young readers, while holding that such stories were beneath the serious consideration of those of mature age'. The success of a whole library of Walt Disney feature length cartoons based on these stories is a testament to how well they work with children.
But do be warned, Uncle Walt did clean things up a bit.
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Lang's versions hold back on very little that was ugly and unpleasant in some of these stories. The down side to the great quantity of stories is that even when some come from very different parts of the world, there is a remarkable amount of overlap in theme, plot, and characters. But by the time you get to another story of a beautiful young girl mistreated by a stepmother, it will have been several month since you read Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper in The Blue Fairy Book.
The other side of the coin is that you can play the game of trying to recall what that other story was with a similar theme. There is one very big word of caution about buying these books through Amazon or a similar on line outlet. I stopped counting when I got to twelve different editions of The Blue Fairy Book, or a volume including several of these books.
Not all of these editions have the original woodcuts and even worse, not all have a table of contents and introduction. The one publisher which has all twelve volumes is by Dover. Other publishers, such as Flying Chipmunk Publishing yes, that's it's name also have all the original illustrations, table of contents, and introduction, but I'm not certain that publisher has all twelve volumes.
Dover most certainly does, as I just bought all twelve of them from Amazon. Again, the main attraction is that for relatively little money and space, Grammy and Grandad get a great resource for bonding with children.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The thirty-two stories in this book come from Portugal, Ireland, and Wales. This was an enjoyable and easy-to-read book. The stories were interesting and held my interest, and I looked forward to reading each one. The Red Fairy Book H.
Perrault's Fairy Tales Charles Perrault. The Yellow Fairy Book H. How to Eat a Poem Ted Kooser. National Velvet Enid Bagnold. Otto of the Silver Hand Howard Pyle. The Welsh Fairy Book W. Book ratings by Goodreads.