The Yellow Fairy Book

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Andrew Lang
Longmans, Green, And Company, 1906 - Electronic books - 321 pages
In the preface of this charming 1906 edition, Andrew Lang observes: "if there are really no fairies, why do people believe in them all over the world?" If you aren't one already, these tales will surely make a believer out of you. Complete with engaging illustrations this volume contains stories by Madame D'Aulnoy, Herr Hans Christian Andersen and other famous masters of the fairy tale.
 

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