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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420930885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420930887
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,045,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, giants and dwarfs, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres these are the companions who will 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 tale 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 Blue Fairy Book" was the first volume in the series and so it contains some of the best known tales, taken from a variety of sources: not only from Grimm, but exciting adventures by Charles Perrault and Madame d'Aulnoy, "The Arabian Nights," and other stories from popular traditions. Here in one attractive paperbound volume with enlarged print are "Sleeping Beauty," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Beauty and the Beast," "Hansel and Gretel," "Puss in Boots," "Trusty John," "Jack the Giantkiller," "Goldilocks," and many other favorites that have become an indispensable part of our cultural heritage.
All in all, this collection contains 37 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 makes his collections unmatchable in the English language.Unabridged and unaltered republication offirst (1891) edition. " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Andrew Lang (March, 31, 1844 July 20, 1912) was a Scottish writer and literary critic who is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. Lang s academic interests extended beyond the literary and he was a noted contributor to the fields of anthropology, folklore, psychical research, history, and classic scholarship, as well as the inspiration for the University of St. Andrew s Andrew Lang Lectures. A prolific author, Lang published more than 100 works during his career, including twelve fairy books, in which he compiled folk and fairy tales from around the world. Lang s Lilac Fairy and Red Fairy books are credited with influencing J. R. R. Tolkien, who commented on the importance of fairy stories in the modern world in his 1939 Andrew Lang Lecture On Fairy-Stories. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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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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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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I did a folklore course during my first year at University and my tutor was constantly going on about the Andrew Lang collection of fairy tales - amazingly, it's now 14 years since graduation and I've actually got round to picking one of these up and reading it (okay, not a great admission as testimony to my studiousness, but never mind, I got there in the end!) Now, however, that I have read the Blue Fairy Book, I will be reading the others too. This is a fantastic collection with such classic gems as "The Sleeping Beauty", "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" and a whole load of others too. There are some fabulous tales from "The Arabian Nights", some traditional Scottish tales complete with dialect and even a portion from Gulliver's Travels (which, to be honest, I was less interested in because I've read the original and it doesn't need reading twice and out of context to boot!) However, if you like fairy tales, then you will love this book. Some of the stories are more "classic" than the others but all of them show their heritage in the tradition of great fairy tales (i.e. you'll spot all of the familiar devices, like the braver, smarter younger sibling who always wins the day and "the rule of three" in that there will be three challenges set before the hero will win the princess's fair hand). In my opinion, it is the language that is the really wonderful thing about this book. Some of the expressions used are just timelessly witty or beautiful. Consider: "I can tell you my story in a very few words - for I don't like endless tales myself. Too long a tongue is worse than too long a nose." in Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess. And: "My love for her is so great that if all the leaves on the trees had tongues they could not express it;..." in Trusty John.Read more ›
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It may be an old book written in a form of English not commonly used today, but the stories are all well-known. Disney has made screen adaptations of some of these, and it is clear Disney's versions are more simplified and superficial. The book's version however do not seek to omit the harsh realities of life (at least back then) and every frailty of the human spirit embodied in these characters. I have no idea if this book was originally written for young children really, but it certainly appeals to mine. My 9 year old may not understand every word, but she gets the gist of most of the stories and she loves to listen to them. I like to show my daughter the Disney versions (if I can find them) after I've read her this book's version, so she can compare and contrast the two. She usually likes both, but for different reasons. The characters and settings in the book, not to mention the language, are so rich compared to the screen versions. However the screen versions have bright colours, cute animals and pleasant singalong musical-style songs, so they are appreciated too!
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