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Granny's Wonderful Chair

Frances Browne

Book Overview: 

Her most famous work, Granny's Wonderful Chair, is a richly imaginative book of fairy stories and has been translated into many languages. This work, read as a child by Frances Hodgson Burnett, inspired the writings of Little Saint Elizabeth and Other Stories

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .re in, such a noble feast, after living so long on barley cakes; so, seating herself, she said, "Chair of my grandmother, take me quickly to the palace of King Winwealth."

The words were hardly spoken, when off the chair started through the trees and out of the forest, to the great amazement of the woodcutters, who, never having seen such a sight before, threw down their axes, left their waggons, and followed Snowflower to the gates of a great and splendid city, fortified with strong walls and high towers, and

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The fortified city.

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standing in the midst of a wide plain covered with cornfields, orchards, and villages.

It was the richest city in all the land; merchants from every quarter came there to buy and sell, and there was a saying that people had only to live seven years in it to make. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Written in 1856, this is a selection of seven fairy stories, linked by the wonderful chair, and Snowflower, an impoverished girl, who is the only person able to ask the chair to tell its tales. Frances Browne was one of twelve children, and was from Donegal. She was blind from infancy, and her siste

I've got the 1908 edition, which was my great-grandmother's. I remember reading and loving it as a child, and rereading as an adult hasn't spoiled my enjoyment at all! As someone else remarked in their review, it's so refreshing to read stories where they actually listen to the fairies - and so they

Thank you to JourneyForth Books (and BJU Press) for accepting my request to read this as an E-ARC via Netgalley.

The information page in the ARC tells me that this edition is featuring the version from the 1904 version (then published by McClure, Philips & Co.), but it was first published back in 18

Well..the stories were fun! This book is for you if you seek for an entertaining light stories (fairy-tale stories). My favorite was The Story of Sour and Civil

Refreshing to read fairy stories where the characters actually listen to the fairies and everything works out splendidly.

This is one of my favorite books from when I was a young girl. Fairy tales at their best!

Young Snowflower's grandmother leaves her alone in the cottage with only an enchanted chair for company. The chair tells wonderful stories and takes Snowflower on a journey to the court of King Winwealth. Each e

My Father had a vintage copy of this book and used to read it to me when I was a small child. I found a vintage copy, also, and felt as if my Dad was still with me as I read it. The stories are quaint and sweet, older fairy tales that you can imagine past generations passing down to the young. What

I was lucky enough to read an original edition of this book, and I loved it.

This is the story of Snowflower. Left to fend for herself by her grandmother, Dame Frostyface, Snowflower turns to the ‘wonderful chair’ for company. The chair is able to tell stories and to transport Snowflower wherever sh

This is a wonderful collection of fairy tales in the self professed vein of Hans Christian Anderson. The names of the characters are a little clunky, but they were written that way to make a point, and the point should not be lost, because each tale has a definite moral to the story.

It was a very beautiful book.I really enjoyed the time that I spent reading it.I don`t have any special favorite character because I liked them all. What I learned from this book was that good people and hardworking ones will always have what they really deserve in the end.

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