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Edmund Dulac's Fairy-Book

Edmund Dulac

Book Overview: 

Unusual Fairy Tales from around the world, this story collection contains; a mother with two daughters both named Caroline, a carriage drawn by winged frogs, a prince turned into a bird and a princess in the form of a deer, a fairy in the shape of a talking crayfish and Ivan, who crawls into his horse's ear. In the usual style of fairy tales most of these have a moral and a happy ending!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Matteo her husband about the matter when he came home that night.

After supper, accordingly, she put the serpent's request to the forester.

'Our serpent wants to get married, Cola,' she said; 'so you must find him a wife.'

'Very well,' said Matteo. 'I will hunt through the forest when I am out, and try and find another serpent for him to mate with.'

'Oh, that will not do at all,' said the serpent, who had been listening very intently to its adopted parents' conversation, though[Pg 34] it seemed to be sleeping peacefully all over the floor in front of the fire. 'I do not mate with serpents. You must get the King's daughter for me. To-morrow you must set out to the palace, and tell the King that I require his daughter in marriage.'

Naturally Matteo did not at all care about his errand; but his wife entreated him to go, and so on the morrow the good man set forth, the serpent watching him depart from the cottage door, chanting a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Rather bland, but not a bad read.

Subtitled "Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations" (of World War I) A collection of such tales, none of them of the pop top 20, some of them literary, rather flatly retold.

It’s time for fairy tales people. I have always loved them.
‘Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book-Fairy Tales of the Allied Nations’ has fairy tales from across the globe. I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. Every story is beautiful and simple. I had neither read nor heard of any of the stories before.

I'll be buying a first edition copy soon. An unforgettable masterpiece of art, literature, and mythology.

I love fairy tales. This is a nice collection that's different from most. You don't find the regular stuff here. And while they are different, there are echos of mythology, and foreshadowing of more popular fairy tales within the pages.
Illustrations lovely.

Edmund Dulac’s FAIRY-BOOK is a wondrous anthology of fantastical tales containing magic, fairies, warriors, and marvelous creatures from all over the world. They reveal not only the different customs and traditions from neighboring countries, but also how connected people all are in their journeys t