It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Princes and Princesses, kings and queens, giants and dwarfs, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres--these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and all times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day that they were first printed, The Lang fairy books of many colors have entertained thousands of boys and girls, as they have also brought pleasure to many parents who have read these unforgettable classics to their children.
The Yellow Fairy Book is a wonderful collection of tales from all over the world. There are familiar old favorites as the Story of the Emperor's New Clothes, The Tinder-box, How to Tell a True Princess, and The Nightingale. There are less familiar tales by Madame d'Aulnoy and from the collections of Anderson and Grimm. Many tales come from Hungary, Poland, Russia, and there are German, French, and English stories, too. Three are traditional tales of the American Indians, and three others are from Iceland.
All in all this collection contains 48 stories, all narrated in the clear and lively prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang's generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as his first-rate literary abilities makes his collections unmatchable in the English language.
Unabridged and unaltered republication of the 1st (1894) edition. 22 plates, plus 82 additional illustrations by H.J. Ford. Paperbound.