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The Red Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

Book Overview: 

The Red Fairy Book is the second in a series of twelve books known as Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books or Andrew Lang’s “Coloured” Books. The series was immensely popular and proved of great influence in children’s literature, increasing the popularity of fairy tales over tales of real life.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ep and wail, for he was afraid that when his old woman got to know she would be the death of him. But all at once it came into his head to go home and get the other ox, and drive it to the town, and take good care that his old wife knew nothing about it. So he did this; he went home and took the ox without his wife's knowing about it, and went on his way to the town with it. But the robbers they knew it well, because they got out their magic. So they told the youth that if he could take this ox also without the man knowing anything about it, and without doing him any hurt, he should then be on an equality with them.

'Well, that will not be a very hard thing to do,' thought the youth.

This time he took with him a rope and put it under his arms and tied himself up to a tree, which hung over the road that the man would have to take. So the man came with his ox, and when he saw the body hanging there he felt a little queer.

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Community Reviews

5/2023 reread:

The Red Fairy Book will never be one of my top favorite fairy books, but most of the tales are enjoyable, although many feature repetitive motifs, and a good amount are treasures.

I normally am not a big fan of Jack and the Beanstalk, but this version I love. Jack is not simply stealin

Second book in Andrew Lang's Colour Fairy books. Some of the stories here are familiar but I did come across some rather unique ones and a few awesome ones. I have reviewed each story separately, the ones here in this review are the ones that did not have their own pages on GR. The rest can be found

Another one from the colored fairy books gone, ten left.
The stories are so enjoyable, especially as an audiobook.

This book was pretty good. I admit, I didn't like it as much as The Blue Fairy Book, but it was okay. I like how this is the first book where Andrew Lang really starts to branch out with translations of other authors (such as the inclusion of Romanian stories and tales by Charles Deulin) instead of

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