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The Yellow Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

Book Overview: 

Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books or Andrew Lang’s "Coloured" Fairy Books are 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), 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: 
. . .ment choked her words—but regaining her self-control, she added, 'You know that fairies insist on being obeyed without questioning. It was they who changed the little house you saw before you into the fountain for which you are now asking, and, having turned me into a frog, they ordered me to say to the first person who came to the fountain exactly what I repeated to you. But, my lord, when you stood before me, it was agony to my heart, filled as it was with thoughts of you, to appear to your eyes under so monstrous a form. However, there was no help for it, and, painful as it was, I had to submit. I desired your success with all my soul, not only for your own sake, but also for my own, because I could not get back my proper shape till you had become master of the beautiful bird, though I am quite ignorant as to your reason for seeking it.'

On this Saphir explained about the state of his father's health, and all that has been told before.

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This is the one in which the tales really start to branch out.  There are a couple of literary tales that I didn't much like, but a lot more places.  Greek.  Polish.  Bukowinaer.  Iclelandic.  A few from North America.  I particularly liked The Golden Crab, The Flower-Queen's Daughter (in which drag

تا حالا رنگ‌های بنفش و آبی و زرد این مجموعه رو خوندم و داستان‌های این مجموعه رو کمتر از دوتای دیگه دوست داشتم

این کتاب تعداد زیادی داستان های کوتاه داره و داستان های کتاب برگرفته از داستان های خیلی قدیمی و افسانه هاست و به نظرم کتاب خیلی خوبی برای نوجوانان محسوب میشه.

I feel like I saw pretty much the same thing in all my reviews for these books but it was enjoyable. Some were boring and other were good.

Haven't quite enjoyed it as much as the previous tomes, I've considered some stories to be a bit vulgar to be read to kids.

If fairy stories can't get a five-star rating then what is our standard? Five stars to Andrew Lang and his magnificent collection of colored fairy stories. This Yellow one is one of my favorites. Real fairy stories with real consequences.

I grew up with a copy of Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book. I loved that hardback edition of fairy tales. I read it and reread it and reread it. At that time, I had no idea that there were a whole set of color fairy tales to be had. But I had such fond memories of it that when I spied a modern editi

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