Not colorful Walt Disney/Pixar style, but darker and appealing to my adult palate. I've been working my way through this for about five years. We’d love your help. A few great stories in here, but a few repetitive, boring stories as well. Here in one attractive paperbound volume - with enlarged print - are Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltzkin, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Puss in Boots, Trusty John, Jack and the Giantkiller, Goldilocks, and many other favorites that have become an indispensable part of our culture heritage. You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser. To see what your friends thought of this book. As I read this book, I kept thinking, "I would have loved these fairytales so much when I was between 5 and 10 years old!". This collection contains many classic fairy tales and only a few that were new to me. The bad fairy, angry at being overlooked, places the princess under an enchantment as her gift: the princess will prick her hand on a spindle and die. The Story of Pretty Goldilocks is definitely not the version with three bears and porridge. The Blue Fairy Book was the first volume in the series and so it contains some of the best known tales, taken from a variety of sources: not only from Grimm, but exciting adventures by Charles Perrault and Madame D'Aulnoy, the Arabian Nights, and other stories from popular traditions. It didn't help that the narrator of my audiobook version got very screechy with some of her voices. Best Children's Books Most People Haven't Heard of... Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books), January Reading Group (The Blue Fairy Book), New here? Some stories are better than others, but mostly good. Kindle offers some of the books for free and some for 99 cents and there are some newer editions (presumably later editions with illustrations) for sale at higher prices on Amazon. At the banquet back at the palace, the fairies seat themselves with a golden casket containing golden jeweled utensils laid before them. (Except I loved Beauty and the Beast, because Belle isn't a dumbass and she reads a lot––like meeee!). Mr. Lang treats of Ulysses, Mellager, Theseus, Perseus, and puts into his text more substance than is found in the ordinary adaptation or rewritten classic. These tales include grizzly murders, playing on insecurities, forced marriages, abductions, and maniacal little people. This is the first book in the series and totally obliging. I also found it interesting to see how some of the same themes and tropes were used in different tales. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, 2004, NuVision Publications edition, E-book in English There are six beautiful illustrations that appear to be in the public domain in the full collection (I could not find illustrations in any of the single downloadable books). Heavily from Norwegian, French, and German sources. There is a selection of some of the best known fairytales as well as more rare ones, all in their ORIGINAL versions which is NOT the same as the saccharine sweet clean-up Disney-ized versions. Toss in a sedate and castle-heavy Aladdin and it just doesn't hold as much charm. The Blue Fairy Book - Ebook written by Andrew Lang. The library copy will not work with my younger grandchildren since the only pictures are those that surface in my mind while reading. Like the Grimms, but far more honest, Lang used translations provided by his wife and other women (he thanks the women in his introduction, gives credit to original sources at the end of the tales). The Blue Fairy Book Andrew Lang Limited preview - 2009. We all enjoy discussing them, whether bizarre or as we expected. I can't believe the level of nostalgia this book created. Librivox offers the entire project and many others by Lang for free, narrated by volunteers. little red riding hood . Here in one attractive paperbound volume - with enlarged print - are Sleeping Beauty, Rum. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as his first-rate literary abilities makes his collection invaluable in the English language. Overall though, I was severally disappointed in this book of fairy tales. In general, this was a totally delightful experience and I look forward to reading more in this series.