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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd; Reprint edition (8 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843914786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843914785
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Lang was a novelist, journalist, poet and literary critic. Born in Selkirk, Scotland, he is best known for his collections of fairy tales known as The Fairy Books.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan 2005
Format: Hardcover
All of the excellent stories are here, written in Lang's succinct and evocative style, from the favourites such as the 'Twelve Dancing Princesses' to the less well known 'Death of Koshchei the Deathless'. Certainly suitable for older children with the twists in the tales. However, the book is plain text without H J Ford's wonderful illustrations, which would lift it from being a very good book to something magical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
when you have superb fairy tales like these?

There are stories in this book from all over the world and I hadn't heard or read a single one of them which was lovely. A fresh new set of fairy tales can't be a bad thing.

These little books are all great but I do rather lament the lack of illustrations as another reviewer pointed out. Still, as the books are free on Kindle I suppose you shouldn't really have the nerve to complain.

Suitable for grown ups :-) and children :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Combat Wombat on 23 Sep 2011
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Yes, I know it's a kids book. Yes I know it's silly old fairy stories.

Well few of them start with "once upon a time" and even less end with "and they all lived happily ever after."

Really, it's a charming collection of European fairy stories that takes no time at all to read (especially out loud). I have a feeling that I'm going to learn many of the tales by heart since it's become a bedtime favourite.

After reading a few books that were a bit hard work, this has been a pleasure. "Getting older is inevitable - growing up is optional" :) Woohoo!
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By Jamie on 11 Jan 2014
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I got this after reading a Tolkien biography that mentioned it. Some of the stories are better than others, but a few are great and have a real something magical about them. Worth reading in combination with" Sigurd and..." I forget the other name, that recently released Tolkien book-poem
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