The Blue Fairy Book is the first of twelve compilations of fairy tales that were compiled and Edited by Andrew Lang between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Each one is named after a different color. This compilation contains 37 fairy tales from all over the world including some well known ones such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, Rumplestiltzkin and The Forty Thieves among others.
There are some of the fairy tales that I like and others that I didn’t care for in this book. Some of them are more morbid than I remember my teachers reading to us in the earlier grades in elementary school back in the sixties. I think this could be a good series for fans of fantasy to read. It contains a lot of magic and battles with ogres, giants and witches among others. I had trouble reading the last two fairy tales in the book because they are Scottish fairy tales and the English in those two is different from what I’m used to here in the United States.
This book can be downloaded in various formats from the following sites:
Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/503
Manny Books: http://manybooks.net/titles/anonetext96blfry10.html
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/blue-fairy-book-andrew-lang/1100171139?ean=2940017917121
Tim’s Rating: ***
(Three out of five stars)
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