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American Fairy Tales (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – June 1, 1978


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486236439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486236438
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

American author and dramatist, Baum is famous as the creator of children's classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). The magic of Oz was continued in thirteen more novels; the final book, Glinda of Oz, being published posthumously. Baum started writing as a young boy and his early literary efforts included the initiation and publication of two magazines: The Rose Lawn Home Journal, and The Stamp Collector. He loved the theatre and acted in many plays under the name Louis F. Baum. He himself wrote several plays, of which The Maid of Arran is regarded as the best. Baum also edited and wrote for the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer. Being a prolific writer, Baum wrote more than 60 books in his lifetime. Using several pen names like Edith Van Dyke, Floyd Akers, and Suzanne Metcalf, he penned several popular books including the Aunt Jane's Nieces series, and the Boy Fortune Hunters' series. His other books include Mother Goose in Prose (1897), Songs of Father Goose (1900), Dot and Tot of Merryland (1901), The Magical Monarch of Mo (1903), Queen Zixi of Ix (1905), and Sky Island (1912). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Scott on July 8, 2010
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This is a wonderful book for anyone with a taste for humorous fantasy. The stories are short and well written. There are no illustrations in this particular edition. Be aware of that, if you like the book enough, and consider finding a more robust printing to love and keep on a book shelf. Ultimately, though, any reader will find an extremely enjoyable read here.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book gives interesting stories with a moral at the end of each story and has illustrations on each page. The stories vary in length but can be read quickly due to the author's writing style. While different from "Oz" books, these stories are still a lot of fun.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book, written by Lyman Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz and many other Oz books is possibly his greatest work ever. Everyone should read this classic book of American fairy tales
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Kay on July 10, 2010
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I have only started reading this book on my Kindle. The stories are entertaining. I will read them to my grandkids. BUT I am disappointed that there is no Table of Contents. If they ask me to read a certain story, I will have to search the book for the title name. Would help so much to have a listing inn the Table of Contents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Baum, who lived between 1856 and 1919, collected thirteen tales in this volume. The stories are humorous. They seem to be new stories, not versions of fairy tales found in other cultures. The Box of Robbers is a good example. A young girl is left alone at home, goes up to her attic, finds an ancient chest, opens it, and discovers that it contains three Italian robbers. Her reactions to the robbers and theirs to her and to America are funny. They insist that they must continue their profession, so they go down stairs and bring up to the attic a lot of the girl's parent's possessions. After awhile, the girl finds a funny excuse to lure the robbers back into the chest. "The story should teach us," Baum writes, "not to interfere in matters that do not concern us. For had Martha refrained from opening Uncle Walker's mysterious chest she would not have been obliged to carry downstairs all the plunder the robbers had brought into the attic."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MOTU Review on January 5, 2012
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American Fairy Tales is a 1901 collection of twelve fantasy stories by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

These stories feature good humor, and are often tongue-in-cheek. While perfectly appropriate for children, they were clearly written with adults in mind, and can be enjoyed by such. Highlights here include "The Glass Dog" and "The Queen of Quok."

They aren't all classics, but everything is short and moves briskly. There is also some mild racism in a couple of places, but nothing worth starting a bonfire over.

Overall, American Fairy Tales is a charming, clever, entertaining work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Grant on October 15, 2010
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What a nice surprise this book was.

Baum wrote a dozen short, fable-like fantasies for children that have a bright, modern (well, 1901) voice to them. They should please adults as well because of the tongue-in-cheek humor and irony. Baum's voice and personality come through clearly enough to give him a presence as the story teller, which is a nice plus when reading the stories to someone else.

Be sure to get a version with all of the original illustrations and page border graphics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mommy of Four Boys on March 5, 2013
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I thought it would be neat to read them, since written by the author of the Wizard of Oz. They are ok, nothing objectionable but nothing especially interesting either. I read them to myself with the thought of reading them later to my boys -- but can't see them finding them interesting. Almost all of them ended with a line about the moral you were supposed to get from the story -- they didn't seem to fit and hitting someone on the head with that is kind of off-putting.
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