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The Green Fairy Book

Book Overview: 

Andrew Lang's Fairy Books or Andrew Lang's "Coloured" Fairy Books constitute a twelve-book series of fairy tale collections. Although Andrew Lang did not collect the stories himself from the oral tradition, the extent of his sources, who had collected them originally (with the notable exception of Madame d'Aulnoy), made them an immensely influential collection, especially as he used foreign-language sources, giving many of these tales their first appearance in English. As acknowledged in the prefaces, although Lang himself made most of the selections, his wife and other translators did a large portion of the translating and telling of the actual stories.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rn, and be sure you beg for the watch which hangs on the wall. It has all sorts of wonderful properties, you only need to rub it to get whatever you like.'

No sooner said than done. Jenik became the master of the watch, and the moment he got out he wished to put its virtues to the proof. He was hungry, and thought it would be delightful to eat in the meadow a loaf of new bread and a steak of good beef washed down by a flask of wine, so he scratched the watch, and in an instant it was all before him. Imagine his joy!

Evening soon came, and Jenik rubbed his watch, and thought it would be very pleasant to have a room with a comfortable bed and a good supper. In an instant they were all before him. After supper he went to bed and slept till morning, as every honest man ought to do. Then he set forth for his father's house, his mind dwelling on the feast that would be awaiting him. But as he returned in the same old clothes in which he went away, his. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Back to reporting out the notes I took on my e-reader!

Preface:

Re: "This is the third, and probably the last of the Fairy Books of many colours." Ahahaha. Good try, Andrew.

Re: "There are grown up people now who say that the stories are not good for children, because they are not true, because [...]

This one was front-loaded with a few literary ones I didn't much like. But it has a number I quite like, including some I had forgotten about. The Golden Blackbird I remembered but not The Little Soldier -- which combines plotlines I've seen from other tales, with a bit more sense than I've sometime

ENGLISH: In his prolog, Lang says that "old people, long, long ago," liked fairy tales because they were like children and believed in witches, talking animals, magic rings that made people invisible, and so forth; but then, "as the world became grown-up," they stopped believing in those things, and

The Blue Bird - 5/5
The Half-Chick - 3/5
The Story Of Caliph Stork - 4/5
The Enchanted Watch - 4/5
Rosanella - 5/5
Sylvain And Jocosa - 4/5
Fairy Gifts - 4/5
Prince Narcissus And The Princess Potentilla - 4/5
Prince Featherhead And The Princess Celandine 4/5
The Three Little Pigs 3/5
Heart Of Ice 3/5
The Encha

3 1/2 Stars. Every time I read an Andrew Lang Colored Fairy book I discover new tales I'd never read or heard if before! Although this collection is not as good as some of his other books it's still worth reading if you are a fairy tale geek like I am. I particularly enjoyed some of the lesser known

Hay hơn nhiều so với cuốn Truyện Cổ Tích Màu Hồng, đơn giản vì các câu chuyện trong "Truyện Cổ Tích Màu Lục" có độ dài hơn, mạch truyện có nhiều "đất" để phát triển phong phú hơn. Các truyện này lại còn được tuyển chọn từ những nguồn vốn đã nổi tiếng trong mảng truyện cổ tích (ví dụ như Truyện cổ Gr

Another collection of fairy tales, this time forty-six ones, varying in length and enjoyment.

42 tales from around the world, Germany Grimm, France de Caylus, Fenelon, Kletke, D'Aulnoy - The Blue Bird, Sylvain and Jocosa, Prince Narcissus, The Three Little Pigs, the Half-Chick - feature monsters, giants, and more.

What did I think:
first off I want to say that I actually have this as part

I had to read a selection of fairytales from this book for class! I will definitely be checking out the rest of these tales. Below is a list of the fairytales I've read with my ratings of each.
Rosanella: 4.25/5 stars
Prince Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla: 4/5 stars
Prince Featherhead and the

An excellent book that I received for Christmas last week. I was especially excited to get one with all the old illustrations. It's definitely one of the better books in Lang's collection. The illustrations are beautiful and the fanciful descriptions add to the charm.

My favorite stories:
- The Blue B

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