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The Blue Fairy Book (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Children's Classics)



By: Andrew Lang(Author) H.J. Ford(Illustrator)

Language: English

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Barnes & Noble (7 April 2017)

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The original title of the book: The Blue Fairy Book (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Children's Classics)

A favorite collection of the best-known fairy tales, drawn from the folklore of many nations. It is the first and one of the best volumes in the series of colored fairy books produced by Andrew Lang at the turn of the twentieth century. Like the other volumes in the series, it includes engaging black and white illustrations that enliven the text. Inside you will find such favorites as Cinderella, Jack the Giant Killer, the Princess on the Glass Hill, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and dozens of others.

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 of first (1891) edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • By colouring on 16 September 2017

    was a good book

  • By V. G. Harwood on 20 March 2013

    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. These are just two of countless examples of such beautiful use of the English language that it makes you glad to be able to read. The beauty about these books is that your kids are going to love them too - I'm never without a story to read to my little chaps now that I've got this on my Kindle AND it was free to download - how good is that?

  • By cuyocksol on 26 January 2015

    When I received this good-looking book and opened the cover I almost had a heart-attack. The inside title page says "The Blue Fairy Book (A Selection)".NOWHERE in the product description does it say this is not the complete book. There should be 37 stories, but here there are only 29. Even when you click 'see inside' on this product's page it shows you the e-version of a different edition, which is complete! Extremely misleading.I'm very dissatisfied with this.

  • By Mandy on 3 February 2012

    My son and daughter loves this. Great and free, what more do you want? Great on the Kindle, and the kids have read it time and time again.

  • By Carole on 26 September 2011

    Ever since I saw the Folio Society editions of the Fairy Books I had wanted at least one copy but felt they were just too expensive. Now I own my own copy of the Blue Fairy Book which is in a good as new condition. It arrived promptly and more than matched its description.

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