A Cat Had Made Acquaintance With A Mouse, And Had Spoken So Much Of The Great Love And Friendship She Felt For Her, That At Last The Mouse Consented To Live In The Same House With Her, And To Go Shares In The Housekeeping But We Must Provide For The Winter Or Else We Shall Suffer Hunger, Said The Cat You, Little Mouse, Cannot Venture Everywhere In Case You Run At Last Into A Trap This Good Counsel Was Followed, And A Little Pot Of Fat Was Bought But They Did Not Know Where To Put It At Length, After Long Consultation, The Cat Said, I Know Of No Place Where It Could Be Better Put Than In The Church No One Will Trouble To Take It Away From There We Will Hide It In A Corner, And We Won T Touch It Till We Are In Want So The Little Pot Was Placed In Safety But It Was Not Long Before The Cat Had A Great Longing For It, And Said To The Mouse, I Wanted To Tell You, Little Mouse, That My Cousin Has A Little Son, White With Brown Spots, And She Wants Me To Be Godmother To It Let Me Go Out To Day, And Do You Take Care Of The House Alone I love reading fairy tales and especially a whole collection I love seeing the common themes that the different ways the same stories are told Although I may not agree with all of the messages i am always interested to see how social norms get played out in these stories In this collection I was particularly interested in the themes of forgiveness and justice and the choices that characters make in regards to this Not my favorite collection of stories but a few new ones I have not heard told in that particular manner. Haven t quite enjoyed it as much as the previous tomes, I ve considered some stories to be a bit vulgar to be read to kids. If fairy stories can t get a five star rating then what is our standard Five stars to Andrew Lang and his magnificent collection of colored fairy stories This Yellow one is one of my favorites Real fairy stories with real consequences. I grew up with a copy of Andrew Lang s The Blue Fairy Book I loved that hardback edition of fairy tales I read it and reread it and reread it At that time, I had no idea that there were a whole set of color fairy tales to be had But I had such fond memories of it that when I spied a modern edition of The Yellow Fairy Book at our Friends of the Library Book Shop in 2015, I just had to bring it home with me I have to admit that it wasn t as spellbinding to my adult self as that first fairy tale collection was to my younger self.There is something very magical about fairy tales for children The simple phrase Once upon a time sets the stage for all sorts of wonderful adventures Adventures that feature girls no bigger than your thumb, a boy who can turn into a wolf, and a talking stove as well as the traditional princes, princesses, giants, witches, elves, and giants In fact I was already familiar with a number of the stories collected here including Thumbelina, The Six Swans, The Emperor s New Clothes, The Glass Mountain, and The Nightingale These are also some of the best tales in the book and I did still enjoy the visit to fairy landwith a few reservations pardon me a moment as I step onto one of my soap boxes I didn t realize when I picked up the book that Andrew Lang s collection had been edited by Brian Alderson Edited here means that Brian made whatever alterations he thought necessary to make these palatable to a modern audience I m not going to argue the pros and cons of those decisions what I will do is give my opinion that if Mr Alderson wanted to put together a acceptable collection of fairy tales, then he should have done so with his own book He shouldn t have been given Andrew Lang s collection and then been given free rein to decide whether the versions Lang included were appropriate or the most readable or whatever Part of the charm of the Blue Fairy Book as I recall was that I knew even as a youngster in the late 1970s that I was stepping into a different time period an era that believed in fairies and magic and dragons, etc and a time period that may have thought other things that were no longer true as well I knew that this time period didn t represent my time period and I didn t expect it to But setting aside the rightness of whether he should have made the choices at all, I also have trouble with some of the choices themselves he tells us that he has gotten rid of some of Lang s selections because they weren t interesting, but then he keeps variations of stories that are virtually the same For example, we have multiple variations of the simpleton or the least favored or what have you winning the day through virtue of having made the right friends gluttons who can eat everything, men who can make things cold or can see great distances friends who can help him perform the impossible tasks required of him If the point is to have a better offering of stories all arond, then I would think variety would be a good standard to meet as well.Overall still a good selection of fairy tales that should appeal to young readers and I did enjoy them Just not quite as much as expected First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks.
Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and a contributor to anthropology He now is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales.The Young Scholar and JournalistAndrew Gabriel Lang grew up in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, the son of the town clerk and the eldest of eight children The wild and beautiful landscape of his childh
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