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The Golden Book of Fairy Tales (Classic Golden Book) Hardcover – 1 Oct 1999

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030717025X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307170255
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.5 x 33.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By ILONACAT on 2 Oct. 2003
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I came across Adrienne Segur's artwork online-there are some truly lovely sites devoted to the illustrators of children's books, past and present-and was so taken with it that I ordered this book.As soon as I took it out of its packaging, my 5-year-old daughter exclaimed,"Those pictures are LOVELY!" And they are.There are pictures in colour-lovely bright tones, nothing gaudy or garish-and pictures done in exquisite dreamlike silvery tones, marvellous for evoking frost, or starlight, or the texture of a deer's skin.Each illustration has a whole page devoted to it.Some of the tales are traditional French ones-Ricky of the Tuft, Cinderella-naturally!-Green Snake, whilst others are Russian or Japanese.At the time this book was translated-I believe in the Forties or Fifties-it was unusual to have tales from different cultures in one volume.It's not at all unusual nowadays, and there are some wonderful collections of tales out there-some for the very young, some for older children and, let's face it, adults-but I don't think they will ever beat this collection for sheer beauty and magic.Both my daughter and I are entranced by it. I will certainly be buying Segur's The Snow Queen when I get the opportunity.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "froudian" on 2 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book as a child and treasured it for many years until it fell to bits. I am so pleased it is back in print again and have been able to give copies to my Grandchildren to enjoy.
As an artist it has had an enormous influence on my work with it's marvellous illustrations. It has also influenced other more famous artists such as Brian Froud, and puppet makers alike.
The stories are wonderful, I especially like the ones from Russia and Japan. This is undoubtedly the best Fairy Tale book you could ever wish to own, it's a must.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Duna Ibrahim on 6 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am so excited to see this book in print, i loved it as a child and read from it to my children, i rarely let them hold it because it is so old and fragile.The Pictures are absolutely beautiful, the stories are fascinating and it is a book you will treasure for life.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joe B on 20 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, this book is ruined by the inclusion of the story 'Donkey-Skin'. As a first-time father reading this story at bedtime to my daughter, I found the incesteous undercurrent of this story both distasteful and uncomfortable reading.
By articulating exactly what was happening (by using the term "father's 'proposal') my skin was crawling. His actions led to the daughter having to make demands to try and 'put him off'. Just downright wrong.
Although I am usually against any sort of censorship, I can't help but feel this story has no place in our current times.
The editors/publishers should remove this story, which ruins a great book for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Booth on 8 April 2009
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First of all, its a great collection of stories. But they are incredibly brief versions - Snow White and Cinderella are quite epic stories, but these versions wizz through the stories far too quickly and the story is over in about 6 mins. I think they might be good for reading very slowly to very young children, but i found them quite unsatisfying. When great stories are condensed in this way, alot of the magic and build up is lost. The illustrations however, are beautiful and evocative.
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This is a beautifully illustrated book of well known and lesser known stories, a book which will be brought out night after night for many years to come. Well packaged as always with Amazon and delivered promptly.
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By Emmabemma on 31 May 2014
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I had this book in French as a kid and it was only recently that I realised there was still a version of it in English - though the language isn't important - Adrienne Segur's illustrations are exquisite.
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By irenebates on 4 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
We bought this book for my grandaughter. The illistrations in it are beautiful and it has a lot of stories some of which I had forgotten about. I would recommend this for any child great bedtime stories
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