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Hardcover The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature Book

ISBN: 0307165221

ISBN13: 9780307165220

The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature

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A Beautiful Compilation Containing the Truer Fairy Tales

I've always loved fantasy and fairy tales; I used to doodle dragons and watch The Last Unicorn so many times I could quote it (I was disappointed, after reading the book, to discover that my favorite line from the movie was not in the original story...) --- I would trapse to the library to read fables and... Well, I guess it really doesn't matter how long I've loved what I love. The point is, I received this book on my sixth Christmas, and it remains today the most valued book on my shelf. It's fantastic. The smell of its ink - the yellow of its pages, and the stories it contains: there is nothing to dislike about this collection. Where to begin? One of the best qualities of this collection is its tendency towards accuracy. If you were ever a lover of fairy tales, you would have heard of Snow White, Cinderella, or Rapunzel. Some versions are told better than others, but in this book, you have a thorough telling of each story, and if you read them, you realize: What possessed them to turn the poisoned comb into an apple? Why were the the six lizards that the fairy godmother transformed into 'spruce footmen in dashing liveries' omitted from the tale? And why do they never tell of the prince's suicide attempt that lost him his sight, and how Rapunzel restored his vision with her tears? It's also endearing to me how several of the stories retold aren't widely known, but become favorites all the same. When the world fails to tell you of 'Poo-Poo and the Dragons,' 'The Selfish Giant,' and 'Snow-White and Rose Red' --- It is nice to have a back-up handy, right? I could go on forever, but I might tell you about the illustrations before I close out. Well, never mind. I'd find it impossible to describe; a variety of different artists came together for this book, and all I can say about it is that it's unforgettable and, like much the rest of the book, entirely and unfailingly fantastic.

A great selection of children's literature in one book

As a child I read this book and re-read it and re-read it so many times that my hardbound copy fell apart! What more can be said for the attraction of a book? This treasury consists of complete stories as well as excerpts from classic books such as Winnie the Pooh, the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. It has variety of genres -- Aesops fables, Grimm's fairy tales, stories from the Arabian nights, as well as more contemporary work. One of my favorites, Turn on the Night, is a great story to help soothe children who are scared of the dark.Additionally, the book is filled with wonderful illustrations. Each story has its own style, so there is something new and interesting on each page (almost). I highly recommend this book for good readers in the early elementary grades and for all middle grade elementary readers. I enjoyed it much longer as a child, but it is sure to be appreciated by those grades.

Awesome!

This is my favorite book, I received it when I was 10 and now my son discovered it in the school library and has almost finished it all. It has fabulous stories for all ages.
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