Andrew Lang is the most famous and best compiler of fairy tales from around the world in English. His whole color series is worth every penny. This volume contains many largely unknown stories for a nice change of pace from the old stand bys. There are 43 black and white pen and ink illustrations by the famous illustrator H. J. Ford. The pictures make the stories truly come alive. Dover's copies of colored pictures are not great, but they do very well with black and white pictures. Start the series with the Blue Fairy Book and keep reading. These books were treasures from my childhood; I used to just thumb through the pictures and daydream. Happy reading and looking!
Beautiful woodcut pictures and beautiful written prose.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 14 years ago
Start with the Yellow fairy book and work your way through. Good for ages 12 and up.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 15 years ago
What I loved most about this book was the variety of the tales told. Lang's outreach was impressive in what he scooped together for this--once again the more "little-known" tales of the universe in a broad aray of stories arranged from the more traditional type to those that are clearly fables and even a few that I would consider highly original and fantastical. Lang also hits a global impact here as these stories bounce throughout the countries. The stories are lovely as well as the pictures. An excellent addition to any collection.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago
The Crimson Fairy book is just another superb fairy tale book edited by Andrew Lang. Unlike most of the Fairy books edited by Lang this one has color illustrations as well as black and white. This book contains 45 black and white, and 8 color illustrations. Along with the illustrations are the stories, ranging in length from a couple pages to almost twenty. There are 36 stories including: The Story of the Seven Simons, The Boy Who Could Keep a Secret, Tiidu the Piper,Paperarello, The Cottager and his Cat, Eisenkopf, The Three Robes, Shepherd Paul, The Magic Kettle, and more.
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