This book WAS written in a different age - that's what makes it so interesting. These fairy stories are not sugar-coated, and don't comply with the girly fairy image; they are gritty, moral adventure stories with a magical twist, and therefore much more satisfying.
I grew up on these, and the Ruth Manning Sanders books, as did many thousands of children, and the whole range are now collectors items. Definitely worth reading, but not to the very young.
I remember some of these from childhood, but I also remember the illustrations from the fairy books- (there are many different colours) and I wish every school had copies of every book and referred to them now and again. I know we live in the real world but these legends have come from all over the world and are magical and exciting and colourful. They are the kind of stories every mother and teacher should know to pass on to different generations to keep them alive. As a student teacher many years ago a small child in Broadwater farm begged me to read him a story again having read the whole to a class of five to seven year olds whose faces lit up with delight at being read to. He was an 10 year old coloured boy wearing a house key around his neck, and all he wanted was a dream- a fairy tale. It is important to have dreams
The Andrew Lang original coloured fairy books are brilliant. As I bought this as a present for a friend in another country I haven't seen the version they received but as far as the stories go (and the illustrations if they're the ones from the original books) I have read and re-read these and the ones from the other colour books happily for years. Whether you read them as bedtime stories to others or yourself for a quick read before bed I can't recommend them highly enough. My friend's children at 10 and 12 still love them as much as they did at 4 years ago.