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The Crimson Fairy Book

Press: Wildside Press (September 30, 2007)
Publication Date:2007-9
Author Name:Lang, Andrew


Andrew Lang selects stories from Hungary, Russia, Rumania, Finland, Iceland, Japan, and Sicily for this volume of his long-running series of international children's fairy tales.


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  •     Loved these when I was a kid, I tried to collect the whole set of colors. Back then Dover press books were relatively expensive, about twice the price of a regular paperback book. What a delight to find these on instant kindle edition. The pictures are intact! Beautifully illustrated with what look like engravings. Some of the tales are weird or scary, not dumbed down for kids. The right kind of child will like these, a precocious, clever, not politically-correct child. Also fun for grown-ups who like fairy stories.

  •     Very good product.I used easily.

  •     I was under the impression there would be more illustrations within the pages of the book per story or chapter.

  •     If you love fairy tales but consider yourself too old for icky pink Disney Princess-type stories, then try one of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books.

  •     Not what I anticipated. I bought the set of these to read to my son. As it turns out, fairy tails were very creepy when these were written. So they might be good for teenagers, but they will really freak you out when you read them thinking they were for kids.

  •     love it

  •     My girls enjoy the book

  •     A well loved favorite from childhood.

  •     Andrew Lang put together twelve Fairy Books filled with fairy tales from around the world, each named after it's own color.

  •     This Andrew Lang fairy tales came recommended by a prominent writer, at a recent workshop.In a series of fairy tales first published in 1890, Andrew Lang, as editor, reveals fairy tales from around the world. Some of these seem familiar, and are not the politically correct stories you might read elsewhere.Instead, they offer metaphors where the hero and heroine might undergo tremendous ordeals, yet somehow, their character find the resilience, and resources for ultimate success.As such you might find these stories very useful, if telling them to a child. You may also find them useful to you as an adult. I certainly enjoy them.If you boogle online, you can read and print some of these stories at a myth folklore site. This also lists complete contents of the various books to help you with your choice.If you are confused about which book to buy first, the most familiar stories are in the blue book.In the Crimson, I enjoyed the various stories I have read so far, such as: Ilonka, Lucky Luck, and Gifts of the Magician.If you're like me, the difficulty you may encounter is not with the book, but with the publisher. I highly recommend the books on AMAZON by Boomer Books. These have slightly larger print, which I am more comfortable reading, as I wear bifocals. You can add the word boomer to your search.The blue book I purchased is slightly smaller print which I find more difficult to read.

  •     This is one of my favorite fairy tale author. I read his books from elementary school to current and am never bored with the stories. This is a must read for anyone who loves fairy tales! And definitely a book for any children's library.

  •     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.

  •     “The Crimson Fairy Book,” published in 1903, is the eighth of twelve collected fairy story books that were researched, translated and compiled by Andrew Lang (1844-1912) and his wife, Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang. Andrew Lang, a Scotsman, was a literary critic, novelist, poet, and a contributor to the field of anthropology.The thirty-six stories in this book are taken from Hungary, Russia, Finland, Iceland, Tunisia, and Baltic fairy story traditions. Included are “The Magic Kettle,” “Lucky Luck,” “The Prince Who Would Seek Immortality,” “The Three Robes,” “Clever Maria,” among others.In this collection, there were a few stories that were similar to others I read in the earlier Colored Fairy Books, yet they were from other countries. As with many fairy stories, many of them ended strangely where they didn’t make sense to the story, and many of the ending left me flat.

  •     Always a pleasure to read one of the fairy books, especially for free! Simple but relaxing, and pleasant after a long days work.

  •     Get the entire collection and travel back to a time when such stories were from gentler times and shared around the fireplace or read allowed bedside. Relish the magic when the unbelievable becomes real and find a hidden message in each and everyone. Worth every penny. Timeless classic.

  •     Thank you


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