English Fairy Tales (Children's Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, 5 Apr 1994
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About the Author
Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was born in London and worked in an Insurance office to pay for evening classes at the Lambeth School for Art. After his drawings were published in Punch, the English humor magazine, Rackham became well known for his distinctive, richly detailed illustrations for such classics as Gulliver's Travels, Mother Goose, The Fairy Tales of Grimm, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Aesop's Fables, and The Wind in the Willows.
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Top Customer Reviews
The short stories really give you a feel of older times and what it must have been like in the 1700's 1800's.
The tales are quite different from the modern day versions adapted for young children.
I have been reading the tales to my younger brother & sister (9 yrs & 13 yrs) before bed, and they enjoy the stories as much as I do in there original version. Some tales my brother & sister have found amusing for example LAZY JACK.
The illustrations in this book are few & far between & not very goo in my opinion anyway, which I see as a positive side as they can then captivate the imagination which is a more powerful tool than the use of pictures.
This book includes some of the famous fairy tales we all know & love but you will see them in another light when you read the original versions of them. I much rather prefer the old versions myself.
They are also good to read to slightly older children (age 7 & above I'd say) as it will make them think more about the message behind the tales.
Excellent value for money!
The price is great, but for that you get a cheap-feeling paperback. If you just want to read them yourself, go ahead. But if you got attracted by Rackham's illustrations, better wait for a more beautiful edition.
This hard back would make a lovely present for a child to be read to (some of the words are quite hard) and a delight on any book shelf.
Now can anyone help me track down a copy of a fairy story called the HAIRY BOGGART? Genuine thanks if you can
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointed. Expecting pictures. Bought for a three year old. Given to a charity.Published 6 months ago by Smarty
I like this book and wonder whether teachers today are bothered to use good material for their lessons in the primary school class.Published 22 months ago by movamental
This is a good selection of Fairy Tales. Who cares whether they are English or not? Not me. Not children either, I would think. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Little Bren