The Green Fairy Book

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Courier Corporation, 1965 - Juvenile Fiction - 366 pages
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It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Princess Rosanella, The Three Bears, giants and dwarfs, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres these are the companions who 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. In the Green Fairy Book, the third in the series, Lang has assembled stories from Spanish and Chinese traditions, a few of the most entertaining creations penned by the Comte de Caylus, others by Sebillot, Fenelon, Kletke, and Mme. d'Aulnoy, and, of course, some of the best-loved tales from the Brothers Grimm. Here in one attractive paperbound volume with enlarged print are "The Blue Bird," "Sylvain and Jocosa," "Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla," "The Three Little Pigs," "The Half-Chick," and many other favorites that have become an indispensable part of our cultural heritage.
All in all, this collection contains forty-two stories, all narrated in the clear, lively prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang's translations 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 make his collections unmatchable in the English language.
  

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Review: The Green Fairy Book (Coloured Fairy Books #3)

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This book was a gift from my 3rd Grade teacher and I read it over and over through the years. Its since been lost to me, but I can remember spending many hours reading this book. I loved it and if it ... Read full review

Review: The Green Fairy Book (Coloured Fairy Books #3)

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This book was a gift from my 3rd Grade teacher and I read it over and over through the years. Its since been lost to me, but I can remember spending many hours reading this book. I loved it and if it ... Read full review

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Contents

THE BLUE BIRD
1
THE HALFCHICK
27
THE STORY OF CALIPH STORK
32
THE ENCHANTED WATCH
43
ROSANELLA
48
SYLVAIN AND JOCOSA
56
FAIRY GIFTS
64
PRINCE NARCISSUS AND THE PRINCESS POTENTILLA
68
PUDDOCKY
222
THE STORY OF HOK LEE AND THE DWARFS
229
THE STORY OF THE THREE BEARS
234
PRINCE VIVIEN AND THE PRINCESS PLACIDA
238
LITTLE ONEEYE LITTLE TWOEYES AND LITTLE THREEEYES
262
JORINDE AND JORINGEL
271
ALLERLEIRAUH OR THE MANYFURRED CREATURE
276
THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN
282

PRINCE FEATHERHEAD AND THE PRINCESS CELANDINE
85
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS
100
HEART OF ICE
106
THE ENCHANTED RING
137
THE SNUFFBOX
145
THE GOLDEN BLACKBIRD
151
THE LITTLE SOLDIER
157
THE MAGIC SWAN
175
THE DIRTY SHEPHERDESS
180
THE ENCHANTED SNAKE
186
THE BITER BIT
194
KING KOJATA
202
PRINCE FICKLE AND FAIR HELENA
216
SPINDLE SHUTTLE AND NEEDLE
286
THE CRYSTAL COFFIN
290
THE THREE SNAKELEAVES
296
JACK MY HEDGEHOG
304
THE GOLDEN LADS
311
THE WHITE SNAKE
319
THE STORY OF A CLEVER TAILOR
324
THE GOLDEN MERMAID
328
THE WAR OF THE WOLF AND THE FOX
339
THE STORY OF THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE
343
THE THREE MUSICIANS
353
THE THREE DOGS
360
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About the author (1965)

Andrew Lang was born at Selkirk in Scotland on March 31, 1844. He was a historian, poet, novelist, journalist, translator, and anthropologist, in connection with his work on literary texts. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrews University, and Balliol College, Oxford University, becoming a fellow at Merton College. His poetry includes Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), Ballades in Blue China (1880--81), and Grass of Parnassus (1888--92). His anthropology and his defense of the value of folklore as the basis of religion is expressed in his works Custom and Myth (1884), Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887), and The Making of Religion (1898). He also translated Homer and critiqued James G. Frazer's views of mythology as expressed in The Golden Bough. He was considered a good historian, with a readable narrative style and knowledge of the original sources including his works A History of Scotland (1900-7), James VI and the Gowrie Mystery (1902), and Sir George Mackenzie (1909). He was one of the most important collectors of folk and fairy tales. His collections of Fairy books, including The Blue Fairy Book, preserved and handed down many of the better-known folk tales from the time. He died of angina pectoris on July 20, 1912.

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