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Flower Fables

Louisa May Alcott

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Flower Fables is Louisa May Alcott’s first book, penned at 16 for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s daughter, Ellen.

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Sadly Rose-Leaf led Eva away, saying, "Lily-Bosom shall have a grave tonight beneath our fairest blossoms, and you shall see that gentleness and love are prized far above gold or beauty, here in Fairy-Land. Come now to the Flower Palace, and see the Fairy Court."

Beneath green arches, bright with birds and flowers, beside singing waves, went Eva into a lofty hall. The roof of pure white lilies rested on pillars of green clustering vines, while many-colored blossoms threw their bright shadows on the walls, as they danced below in the deep green moss, and their low, sweet voices sounded softly through the sunlit palace, while the rustling leaves kept time.

Beside the throne stood Eva, and watched the lovely forms around her, as they stood, each little band in its own color, with glistening wings, and flower wands.

Suddenly the music grew louder and sweeter, and the Fairies knelt, and bowed their heads, as on through the. . . Read More

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While I'm sure this is a delight for children, especially the religious children of civil-war era America, I found this children's book saccharine and strangely uninspiring. Even the darker moments (if you can really call them that) of these fables come off as anti-climactic and shallow, and I fe...more

If you are familiar with the name of Louisa May Alcott, you likely know her as the author of Little Women. You might also be familiar with the subsequent books about the March family – Good Wives, Jo’s Boys, Little Men – which are also based on Alcott’s life. You may not be aware, however, that A...more

Completely magical.

I am a huge Louisa May Alcott fan and I just finished rereading this book. Lessons to be learned for humans. Made me fall in love all over again with Louise May Alcott. I do not often keep books due to space but this book is definitely a keeper to be read again at some point!

Un condensato di moralità morbosamente, ingiustificatamente melenso.

Upon reading an excerpt of Louisa May Alcott's children's classic "Flower Fables", through Dover Publications, the only thing I knew about fairies was they're supernatural creatures of stunning beauty and magical properties. But after reading the book I felt I'd become even more acquainted and i...more

This is exactly what I image Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy sat around evenings reading aloud to each other. So fun! It was very old-fashioned, and therefore heavy on the life lessons, but the stories were imaginative. Any fan of modern fairy stories should definitely read this to harken back to the orig...more

A beautiful set of fables, delivered as campfire tales from a fairy get-together, each setting a good example to young impressionable minds. The basic theme running through all of them is to live honest and true and be nice to other people, even in the overwhelming face of negativity and seemingl...more

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