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The Pink Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

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: 
. . . two others were so deeply grieved that they were also taken ill and died too. And so, because they had all been so clever, and so fond of each other, they were all laid in one grave.

The Snow-queen Translated from the German of Hans Andersen by Miss Alma Alleyne.

There was once a dreadfully wicked hobgoblin. One day he was in capital spirits because he had made a looking-glass which reflected everything that was good and beautiful in such a way that it dwindled almost to nothing, but anything that was bad and ugly stood out very clearly and looked much worse. The most beautiful landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the best people looked repulsive or seemed to stand on their heads with no bodies; their faces were so changed that they could not be recognised, and if anyone had a freckle you might be sure it would be spread over the nose and mouth.

That was the best part of it, said the hobgoblin.

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Community Reviews

An excellent collection of fairy tales from all over the world (complete with incredibly politically incorrect original Preface). I particularly loved the Snow-Queen. Have so many girls ever kicked so much ass in a single fairy tale before? The White Dove was another favorite. I'm going to have to f

June 2023 reread:
On my first reading I was not very impressed by this volume, but on each subsequent reading I have loved it more and more, although of course there are some stories I do not care for and skip.

The Princess in the Chest is very spooky and encourages sticking to plans we commit to, no

Albert Einstein said, "if you want your children to be intelligent read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Andrew Lang compiled twelve books of fairy tales from all over the world. He and his wife translated the ones not in English. It is a rainbo

I don't remember a single particular story from this book, but I remember being scared to death while I was reading it. I don't read anything that could really be classified as horror, but this book made me feel the way I imagine people feel when they read horror stories. I think I may have been abo

These books are addictive.

Nhiều truyện đọc vào thấy hơi nhảm nhảm, kiểu muốn cười mà cười ko nổi ấy =)))) Càng về sau thì các truyện càng hay hơn, nhưng nhìn chung chắc tại mỗi truyện khá ngắn nên mình thấy mọi thứ được giải quyết khá nhanh chóng và dễ dàng. Con nít đọc vào chắc thích hơn, còn mình người lớn rồi thì thấy nhi

This one was the best so far in the collection, I found that some of the stories were quite similar to those that mom used to tell me as a child.
The stories were at times similar to one another but I still enjoyed them as they reminded me of all the night time stories that are told to kids in my co

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