The Golden Book of Fairy Tales (Anglais) Relié – 1 juin 1992
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You can't imagine how delighted I was to discover that it had been reprinted and was available again, looking almost exactly like my original copy from 1959. This is not your usual collection of fairy tales. Yes, you'll find a few of the more common stories ("Sleeping Beauty," "Thumbelina," and "Cinderella" are there), but there are other, more unusual tales, some of which I have found nowhere else (especially three by Madame d'Aulnoy that were my favorites -- "Green Snake," "The White Deer," and "Bluecrest").
The illustrations, as others have pointed out, are glorious and worth the price of the book even if you don't intend to read the stories. Yes, there are only 14 full-page, full-color plates, but each one is worthy of framing -- and you'll probably find yourself lost in them as I did back in 1959.
One warning to parents: these stories are not the sanitized, Disney versions you may be used to. The "Sleeping Beauty" story, for example, is true to Charles Perrault's version, and goes well beyond the "happily ever after" moment when Sleeping Beauty is awakened with the prince's kiss. It's the same with "Cinderella" -- this is a bloody story, which might disturb younger children. I do believe, however, that one of the reasons children have always loved fairy tales is this element of horror (which has been removed from most of the stories we give our children today). I devoured these stories when I was a child -- I would not have loved them as much had they been prettied up and sanitized. But it's wise to know what you're buying!
Overall, this is a spectacular book worth far more than Amazon's price. I was so excited when I discovered it again after so many years that I bought two -- one to read and another so I could frame some of the beautiful plates.
The 28 stories contained in this book are:
The Sleeping Beauty
The Frog Princess
Kuzma and the Fox
Puss in Boots
The Tinder Box
Kip, the Enchanted Cat
Grace and Derek
Urashima and the Turtle
The Wild Swans
Hans and the Striped Cat
Little Red Riding Hood
The White Deer
Beauty and the Beast
The Seven Crow Princes
The Royal Ram
Bright, Deardeer, and Kit
Dawn, the Golden Haired
Finn, the Keen Falcon