A Collection of Fairy Tales
The great beauty of Andrew Lang’s Blue Fairy Book, originally
published in 1889, is that it brought together many different fairy tale
traditions. There are stories written by Charles Perrault and Mme
d’Aulnoy, collected by the Grimm brothers and Asbjornsen and Moe,
and translated from the Arabian Nights. It is a very rich collection of
fairy tales. However, the stories are written in a language that is
outdated and in places inaccessible to modern American children (and
even their parents). To remedy this problem, I edited half of the
stories in Lang’s book, keeping them as close as possible to the
originals, but revising every sentence so the stories can once again be
read with pleasure by children.
The stories included in the book are Toads and Diamonds, Beauty and the
Beast, Snow-white and Rose-red, Why the Sea is Salty, Felicia and the Pot of
Carnations, Hansel and Grettel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Master Maid,
The Goose-girl, Prince Hyacinth and the Adorable Princess, The Girl with
Saffron Hair, The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, Rumpelstiltzkin, The Tale of
a Youth who Set out to Learn what Fear was, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The
White Cat and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
The New Blue Fairy Book is available in two different editions.
One contains all eighteen fairy tales, while the other is divided into
three separate books, each containing six fairy tales. On all esellers
but Kindle, the first of the three is a free download.