The Color Fairy Books
by Andrew Lang (Editor)
Nowadays, we can enjoy the complete fairy tales of the translated Arabian Nights in their
unexpurgated, sensual glory; of the brothers Grimm, translated from German; of Charles Perrault,
from the French; or of Hans Christian Andersen, from the Danish; and the like from many other
languages and cultures.
But the books, beloved by generations, that brought many of these tales to the bedside of
English-speaking children, were the series of Fairy Books edited by the grand master of folk
literature, Andrew Lang. Beginning in 1889, and still available in facsimile with their original
illustrations, these books contain many Arabian, German, French, and Danish favorites, as well
as folk tales from the British Isles, Spain, Italy, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, all
of Asia, and Africa--cultures upon cultures, fables and romantic legends and tall tales of every
Lovers of fantasy and tales of magic will find these quaint yet timeless tales irresistible. The
stories amuse, horrify, tease, teach morals and practical lessons, and scintillate with their
romantic dash and their wild, bizarre, and sometimes grotesque fancies.
Each successive book is a collection of still rarer and more exotic treasures. Collected from
the works of other writers and translators, their titles (or rather, colors) are:
The Blue Fairy Book; The
Brown Fairy Book, The
Crimson Fairy Book, The Green
Fairy Book, The Grey Fairy Book, The Lilac
Fairy Book, The Olive Fairy Book,
The Orange Fairy Book, The Pink Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book,
The Violet Fairy Book, and The Yellow Fairy Book (I kid you not). Not that the
fairies change colors, only the books do.
Lang also edited a book called The Arabian Nights Entertainments.
In my opinion, the whole set belongs in the library of every English-speaking child, and every
story should be read to them until they can read it for themselves!
Recommended Age: 6+ (4+ if read to you)
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