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Fairy Tales Hardcover – November 17, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; 1st edition (November 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871406586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871406583
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.

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E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
These fairy tales are beautifully nonsensical and touching to even those who are less than sentimental. They are precious, without any reservation using such a word. Each was evidently written with a careful, loving authorship and a sense of humor that without a doubt is the creative quirkiness of the poet Edward Estlin Cummings. If you know the poet, the tender, innocent personalness of these tales might even surprise you, or, at least, bring you closer to him and his writings.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Erin VINE VOICE on August 19, 2002
Format: Paperback
The dedication of this volume tells us that Cummings wrote these tales for his daughter when she was a very little girl. But even if it hadn't, any reader would have known. As you read, it's as if you can hear a parent telling the stories to his child over a sleepy bedtime. The stories have an effortless feeling as if they are being spoken rather than written. This free and easy quality combined with the spectacularly imaginative subjects make for a really fun reading experience.
Unless you have a really patient child, however, I wouldn't recommend this edition for sit-on-the-lap reading. The illustrations aren't particularly engaging. Rather, I would let your kids sit down with some blank paper and a box of crayons and ask them to draw their own pictures while you read out loud to them. Or read to them at bedtime when their eyes are closed. These are the kinds of stories to be savored by the senses rather than "follow-along-while-I-read."
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
this book of fairytales is one of the sweetest books i have ever read. i got it about 11 years ago when i was six. i lost it for about eight years, than it resurfaced only for it to burn in fire soon after. i couldn't find this book ANYWHERE! and now that i've found it again i could cry! everyone should read this book, it is sweet, it flows well, and rather satisfying. my personal favourite story is the one about the elephant and the butterfly. quite possibly the most romantic story to ever surface. this book made me laugh cry and smile and everyone should read it. e.e. cummings rocks my world.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By walrus3@pacbell.net on January 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Truly this short collection is a must have for any Cummings lover. With all the incredible imagination of the children which they were written for, these stories are incredibly original, and especially infatuating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2009
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These short stories are perfect, bedtime or anytime. They move along quickly and with a little bit of intonation go a "long, long, long, long, long" way in giving young children an appreciation of reading. Along with Oscar Wilde's children's stories and Dr Seuss's books, this is one of the best additions you can ever make to your child's library. The artwork is also superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelmina C. Hinton on April 10, 2013
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I was so happy to come across it. Over the years have bought many copies, but sometimes find it out of print. Bought a few to keep on hand. How often do you find non-violent fairy tales? ...just pleasant stories?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Dougan on November 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The wording is difficult to read aloud to a young child, but the stories are fun and my two year old enjoys them. She really likes the artwork in the book.
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By JR on November 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I first found this book in high school when I was interested in poetry. Now, I have a ten year old and a five year old- they have both loved it when they were quite young and now even at 10 years old. I love it too. It reads like a real story that is being told with robust imagination. I particularly like the "The Old Man Who Says Why".... the language is beautiful, poetic, natural, and so imaginative and sweet. I love that the fairy "breakfasts on light and silence" in the morning.
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