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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

Community Reviews

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 feel

There was a recurrent theme of crime and punishment, followed by remorse, repentance and rehabilitation. This seemed very sophisticated for stories meant for children, and reminded me of what happens to Dan in Jo's Boys.

Molto carino, alcune storie molto noiose mentre altre le ho trovate adorabili:
Il Re del Gelo: 3
La visita di Eva al Paese delle Fate: 2.5
La lezione del fiore: 2.5
Corolla di Giglio e Lanugine di Cardo: 3
La piccola gemma: 2.5
Il sogno della piccola Annie: 1
Ricciolo d’Onda, lo Spirito dell’Acqua: 4

What an adorably sweet book!

This was a pretty good short story collection about fairies. Definitely check this out at your local library and wherever ebooks are sold.

Alcott creates some interesting images, but the stories are dull for the most part.

Sentimental and a bit didactic, but these would probably be magical to the right kid.

"Flower Fables" - written by Louisa May Alcott and originally published in 1855 by George W Briggs, this edition published in 1998 by Okey-Doke Productions. An important feature of this book of fairy stories is that it was written by an author who is revered for her later works, especially "Little W

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 seemingly i

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