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Flower Fables

Press: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (May 7, 2004)
Author Name:Alcott, Louisa May


This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. 
Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.
Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.


Flower Fables is a treasury of six different stories penned by Louisa May Alcott. 
These old-fashioned fairy tales have been compiled and edited by Daniel Shealy, who has done editing on several Alcott books.
The text is very readable, and has magic flavor added via the font's joining together of several letters.
Today's children, like many children of the past, will enjoy meeting Alcott's fairies, sentient flowers, and other real and imagined characters.
Illustrator Leah Palmer Preiss has filled the book with delightful and interesting fairies and other creatures.
The illustrations are bright and full.
Readers may want to watch for the bonuses of quotations and tiny portraits of those who influenced Louisa May Alcott.
This book would make a good bedtime storybook, and like many tales of old, has good morals that children could take away with them perhaps without even realizing there was a lesson involved.
The afterword is also interesting as it shares interesting details about Miss Alcott.
For example, she wrote these tales when she was 16.
Another bonus at the end of the book is the biographies that go along with the quotations and miniature portraits.
-- From Independent Publisher

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

A talented group has been assembled to produce this edition. 
Daniel Shealy, the Alcott scholar who has edited the complete body of her fantasy fiction, contributes an illuminating afterward and is the book's editorial consultant.
Leah Palmer Preiss's incomparable art suits the fresh and imaginative spirit of these pioneering tales.
A playful facet of Preiss's exquisite illustrations is her inclusion of hidden quotes from and minuscule portraits of individuals who helped shape Alcott's life and work.
Look closely and discover the words and faces of Shakespeare, Plato, Alcott's beloved mentors Emerson and Thoreau, and many more.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

For nearly 150 years, children around the world have cherished the stories and novels of Louisa May Alcott, including, of course, that most beloved classic Little Women. 
Surprisingly, there is a body of work by this American master not known to the general public, as it has not been widely published since her lifetime -- her fairy tales and fables.
These stories grew out of Alcott's experience, starting at the age of sixteen, as a teacher and storyteller to the children of her Concord, Massachusetts neighbors, among them Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Alcott's imagination was nurtured by woodland walks with her friend Henry David Thoreau, including visits to his cabin on Walden Pond, and by the Transcendentalist philosophies of her father, Bronson Alcott.
In this atmosphere she fashioned highly imaginative tales for her students.
Encouraged by their spirited response, Alcott published six of her fairy tales under the title Flower Fables in 1854, marking the inception of her life as a pioneer in American fantasy fiction.
Indeed, it seemed a natural extension of Alcott's intellectual curiosity and love of nature to create a vibrant environment of possibility for children.
Through these marvelously enticing encounters with fairies, elves, and animals, Alcott laid a foundation for young people based on the essential themes of love, kindness and responsibility.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

The author of "Little Women" possessed a special gift for capturing children's imaginations, and she wrote these fairy tales when she was just sixteen years old. 
Louisa May Alcott created the fanciful stories for the amusement of the daughter of a family friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Populated by elves, brownies, and other supernatural creatures, the fables conclude with memorable lessons for young readers about the power of love and kindness and the importance of responsibility.In "The Frost King," steadfast Violet approaches the fearsome ruler of winter in order to bring warmth and sunshine to the flowers back home.
"Lily-Bell and Thistledown" recounts a wayward spirit's attempts to reform; and "Ripple, the Water-Spirit" tells of the sacrifice and rewards involved in keeping a promise.
These and six additional stories and poems are accompanied by charmingly evocative illustrations.Dover (2015) republication of the edition published by the Henry Altemus Company, Philadelphia, 1898.See every Dover book in print atwww.doverpublications.com

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About the Author

Louisa May Alcott was both an abolitionist and a feminist. 
She is best known for Little Women (1868), a semiautobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts.
Alcott, unlike Jo, never married: ""...because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man."" She was an advocate of women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Eva's Visit to Fairyland  A little girl lay on the grass down by the brook wondering what the brown water said as it went babbling over the stones. 
As she listened, she heard another kind of music which seemed to come nearer and nearer, till round the corner floated a beautiful boat filled with elves, who danced on broad green leaves of lily of the valley.
The white bells of the tall stem, which was the mast, rung loud and sweet.
A flat rock covered with moss stood in the middle of the brook, and here the boat was anchored for the elves to rest a little.
Eva watched them at their play as they flew about or lay fanning themselves and drinking from red-brimmed cups on the rock.
Wild strawberries grew in the grass close by, and Eva threw some of the ripest to the fairy folk, for honey and dew seemed a poor sort of lunch to the child.
Then the elves saw her, and nodded and smiled and called, but their soft voices could not reach her.
So after whispering among themselves, two of them flew to the brookside and, perching on a buttercup, said, close to Eva's ear, "We have come to thank you for your berries and to ask if we can do anything for you, because this is our holiday, and we can become visible to you." "Oh, let me go to fairyland!" cried Eva.
"I have longed to see and know all about you dear little people.
I never believed it was true that there were no fairies left," she said, so glad to find that she was right.
"We should not dare to take some children, for they would do so much harm, but you believe in us.
You love all the sweet things in the world and never hurt innocent creatures or tread on flowers, or let ugly passions come into your happy little heart.
You shall go with us and see how we live." But as the elves spoke, Eva looked very sad and said, "How can I go? I am so big-I should sink that pretty ship with one finger." The elves laughed and touched her with their soft hands, saying, "You cannot hurt us now.
Look in the water and see what we have done." Eva looked and saw a tiny child standing under a tall blue violet.
It was herself, in a white pinafore and little pink sun-bonnet, but so small she seemed an elf.
She clapped her hands and skipped for joy, but as she looked from the shore to the rock, she suddenly grew sober again.
"But now I am so wee, and I have no wings.
I cannot step over, and you cannot lift me, I am sure." "Give us each a hand, and do not be afraid," said the elves, and whisked her across like dandelion down.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Comment List (Total:14)

  •     came in a timely fashion and a very cute book to read for kids, and I am even enjoying it myself. thanks

  •     Terrible if u don't like old fashioned stories that the characters tell stories but if u like where there is no main storyline and its a bunch of characters telling confusing...

  •     Readers of Little Women will enjoy this collection of flower Fables. I specifically downloaded this book for my 9 year old daughter who had enjoyed other books by Alcott. She finished it in an afternoon and rellay loved it. This was a new book for me and I enjoyed the lyrical stories by this beloved author.

  •     I'm a fan of Louisa May Alcott's work and found these stories to be absolutely delightful! I have also purchased the actual book, not being content with the ebook only! :-)

  •     The title is a little misleading. You might not think this was anything but about flowers. It is about fairies who have the responsibility of taking care of flowers among other...

  •     This is a lovely, neat little book with adorable fairy stories. However, I was disappointed that it was not illustrated so have bought another version with pretty illustrations to...

  •     One of my favorite L.M.A. books. Very fun collection of fairy tales, can be enjoyed by both children and adults.

  •     A beautiful collection of stories, classics I remember my parents reading to me before bed at night. If you want a collection of short fairy tales to read aloud, this is a great choice, though if you want a gift I would DEFINITELY suggest one of the illustrated hardcover copies.

  •     Just what I wanted. The recipient was very pleased. Thank you.

  •     I have read this book many times over the years and it never fails to make me feel good. Louisa may Alcott is one of my favorite authors

  •     These stories are nice and aim to teach the importance of virtue and the dangers of vice. Unfortunately, Alcott fails at making these tales attention grabbing, and as you read the fables it really starts to feel very long. Fortunately, this is not indicative of Alcott prowess as a writer and author - most of her other works are superior to this one. Honestly, I don't recommend the read unless either 1) you are an Alcott completest or 2) you are super into fairies and elves and want to read everything you can that talks about them. I love Alcott, she's one of my favorite authors, but this work just might be worth skipping.P.S. - this edition contains no illustrations. Most reviews here mention beautiful accompanying illustrations. They are talking about print editions of this book, not this particular ebook.

  •     I'm a fan of everything written by Louisa May Alcott and this is no exception. Lovely stories that my children and I are enjoying reading together.

  •     Olde fan of Louisa May Alcott!

  •     I have always enjoyed the writing of Louisa May Alcott. This book of short fables are as fun to read as any of her others.


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