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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Children's; New edition edition (1 Jun. 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486214370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486214375
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the University of St Andrews are named after him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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77 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my then eight year old daughter two years ago. She reads very quickly and literally seems to eat books. This book and others in the series seemed to draw her back again and again until our copy was quite dog-eared. I recently, rather absent-mindedly, decided to pick it up and have a look at some of the stories for myself. I found myself glued to the sofa for several days, having to move straight onto 'The Grey Fairy Book'. These are as addictive as any modern day media. They are certainly not just for children and I would actually recommend them more to the teenager or young adult.
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100 of 102 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 April 2009
Format: Paperback
If you are new to Lang, it started in 1889 with the blue fairy book, and then a series developed, yellow, crimson, orange, red, and so forth.

The fact that this series has endured to now is a testament to its quality.

As you read, you will discover fairy tales and myths from all over the world, including the well known writers such as Grimm, Andersen, Perrault, and Mme D'Aulnoy.

These are not the politically correct stories you might expect, and I believe you will find them useful whether it's for your own reading pleasure, of for passing on stories to children.

In fact, if you look beyond the surface of the story, there is a cautionary aspect for children who might get lost, and the evil characters they might meet like the wolf in sheep's clothing, or the boy who cried wolf, or the nice person who offers a gift, but is really a wicked queen in disguise.

There may be a young prince who helps a hairy man escape, and the king embarrassed and enraged orders the child to be killed. Naturally the woodsman slaughters an animal instead, and returns the heart to the king as evidence of performance of the deed.

There are stories of boys becoming men, being tested by the princess, and doing great deeds to prove their worth. Some characters are wicked and evil, and so the protagonist has to develop their resources to defeat the deceit, trickery, jealousy, ambition, and wickedness of the people they encounter.

I recommend you start with the blue book, because it has most of the best known stories, for example, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots. You can check the contents of each book at mythfolklore, and even read the stories online.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on 3 Feb. 2012
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My son and daughter loves this. Great and free, what more do you want? Great on the Kindle, and the kids have read it time and time again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole on 26 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ever since I saw the Folio Society editions of the Fairy Books I had wanted at least one copy but felt they were just too expensive. Now I own my own copy of the Blue Fairy Book which is in a good as new condition. It arrived promptly and more than matched its description.
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When I received this good-looking book and opened the cover I almost had a heart-attack. The inside title page says "The Blue Fairy Book (A Selection)".

NOWHERE in the product description does it say this is not the complete book. There should be 37 stories, but here there are only 29. Even when you click 'see inside' on this product's page it shows you the e-version of a different edition, which is complete! Extremely misleading.

I'm very dissatisfied with this.
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I loved this as a child but this leather bound copy, bought for a friend's child, is extra special. I hope there will be more from the Lang series published by this company soon. Just one odd thing, I ordered it this month (June 2013) and Amazon are telling me that they delivered it n December 2012 - when I didn't even know it existed!
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By Nadezhda Tabakova on 27 Jan. 2014
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The book is such a lovely quality. Hard cover, white fine pepper and the stories are written in older style which is beautiful
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By Chiv on 13 Feb. 2014
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I chose this rate because it was what I was expecting and was good to read would recommend this product to anyone
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