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VINE VOICEon 25 February 2009
This is possibly my favourite from the Andrew Lang Fairy Books. At least it contains two of my favourite stories: "The Girl who Pretended to be a Boy" and "The History of Dwarf Long Nose". It is very surprising that the first of these should have made it into a book for children at all back in 1910 or so, but you'll have to read the story to find out why. Many of the stories feature female heroines who are as capable of battling dragons and other monsters as any handsome prince.

Many of the stories are Rumanian, but there are also stories from other parts of Eastern Europe, and Africa and Japan amongst many other places. Few of the stories are likely to be familiar to you, though of course many of the incidents in the stories will be. This book shows that "multiculturalism" is not really such a recent invention - and it is great fun to have stories from very different parts of the world adjacent to one another.

The "Look Inside" feature is showing another edition of the book, not the Dover edition, which is much better than the one shown, since it contains all the original illustrations, which are a very important part of all the books. All the Fairy books are long out of copyright, and versions of them can be found on the web. But it is well worth buying the Dover Edition, so that you can linger over the illustrations as you read the tales.

There are twelve books in the series, and once you have one you will want to collect them all.

Amazon is showing "reading ages" for these books, but you should take them with a pinch of salt. None of the books, at least as printed by Dover, are suitable for many readers under about 9 or 10.
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I think I now have the entire collection of these fairy tale books and every one of them has been a great read.

This one has about 31 tales from all around the world and it was nice to see that in most cases, it was the heroine not the hero who won the day.

My only sadness is that with the Kindle version you don't get any illustrations but I'm sure with a bit of imagination you can conjure up your own pictures.

This entire set of 'colour coded' books e.g. The Violet Fairy Book, The Crimson Fairy Book etc., are excellent and there are stories from every continent in them. Some I had never heard of or read either which made a lovely change.

As they are all free I would download the lot if you like this kind of book, as they are suitable for children as well.
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on 3 November 2010
The glory of Andrew Lang collection is a combination of the stories themselves AND the illustrations. This version is high quality, yes - the Cover (as illustrated and the paper. It is about A4 sized, the font appears to be the 'Courier New' typeface, and it is unillustrated. Some sort of publishers proofreaders version. I decided the typeface was hard to read and I missed the illustrations, so returned it immediately for a refund.
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on 20 May 2012
This is a free book I downloaded the day I received my Kindle; amazed at how easy it is to aquire books now(note to self; FAR too easy). The book is an esay read, and I note there are others in the series, also free, which might be a good idea now that I've paid for so many others!x
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on 7 February 2016
The original book had the most beautiful illustrations. The kindle edition is just the text - hopeless
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on 10 August 2015
very good
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on 20 March 2013
Came well within the expected date, good quality. No problems with this seller at all. Am pleased with purchase. Would recommend.
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on 15 January 2013
this book is very good even the second time around,i would recomend others buying it ,or downloading it thats all i can think of
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on 4 October 2015
Good
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