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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 Orange Fairy Book delves into the oral traditions of Rhodesia, Uganda, and the American Indian; the traditions of India and Pakistan; and such familiar European sources as Hans Christian Anderson (The Ugly Duckling) and Madame d'Aulnoy (The White Doe) for its 33 stories. The stories, even ones from far-away lands, feature themes and events familiar to children the world over.
All in all this collection contains 42 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 (1906) edition. 25 plates, plus 33 additional illustrations by H.J. Ford. Paperbound.