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Flower Fables Paperback – September 12, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1461057048 ISBN-10: 1461057043

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461057043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461057048
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,804,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Written for Ralph Waldo Emerson's daughter, Ellen, when Alcott was 16, and first published in 1855, these six prosy fairy tales were chosen from a 1992 collection, Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories, edited by Daniel Shealy; Shealy provides an informative afterword here. Readers meet a cast of elves, fairies, brownies and sprites with such Shakespearean names as Willy Wisp, Moonbeam and Thistledown, and the children who occasionally dally with them. Thinly disguised morality lessons told in an over-upholstered style, they instruct the audience in the importance of various virtues. In "The Frost King," for example, elves resolve to conquer the ice-hearted ruler of winter through peaceable means ("Let us teach you how beautiful sunshine and love and happy work can make you"). More than a little dated, the stories grow tedious with lofty homilies (e.g., "little Annie dwelt like a sunbeam in her home, each day growing richer in the love of others and happier in herself"). Preiss's (The Pig's Alphabet) garish artwork further hampers an emotional connection to the stories. The lack of tonal subtlety is aggravated by a self-consciously multicultural-esque grouping of fairy folk with oversize but misshapen eyes and bizarrely pointed ears and chins. Even the typeface, which has distractingly flowery ligatures, is overdone. All but the most die-hard Alcott fans can skip this one. Ages 5-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

Flower Fables is a treasury of six different stories penned by Louisa May Alcott. These old-fashioned fairy tales have been compiled and edited by Daniel Shealy, who has done editing on several Alcott books. The text is very readable, and has magic flavor added via the font's joining together of several letters. Today's children, like many children of the past, will enjoy meeting Alcott's fairies, sentient flowers, and other real and imagined characters. Illustrator Leah Palmer Preiss has filled the book with delightful and interesting fairies and other creatures. The illustrations are bright and full. Readers may want to watch for the bonuses of quotations and tiny portraits of those who influenced Louisa May Alcott. This book would make a good bedtime storybook, and like many tales of old, has good morals that children could take away with them perhaps without even realizing there was a lesson involved. The afterword is also interesting as it shares interesting details about Miss Alcott. For example, she wrote these tales when she was 16. Another bonus at the end of the book is the biographies that go along with the quotations and miniature portraits. -- From Independent Publisher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Louisa May Alcott was both an abolitionist and a feminist. She is best known for Little Women (1868), a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Alcott, unlike Jo, never married: "... because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man." She was an advocate of women's suffrage and was the first woman to register to vote in Concord, Massachusetts.

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One of my favorite L.M.A. books.
eljay
P.S. - this edition contains no illustrations.
RuthSophia
The stories in Flower Fables are excellent.
Brian Villanueva

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This discovery of unpublished fables by Louisa May Alcott should be read by children during their important impressionable years. The illustrations are beautiful and complimentary to the text. While classics of Louisa May Alcott, Little Women and Little Men, are for the early teens, these fables for the preteens tease the imagination in a magical way. This sort of alternative to the upbringing of children by the video media is sorely needed and provided by Flower Fables.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brian Villanueva on December 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The stories in Flower Fables are excellent. However, for young children (age 3-5), you really need to include some type of picture on each page. Amazon sells about a dozen versions of the hardback of this book, and color pictures are sadly lacking in most of them. I checked out at least 3 versions from the library before settling on the one I am buying.

If you're going to purchase Flower Fables, my recommendation is the version published in 1998 and illustated by Leah Palmer Preiss. She features full page color illustrations every 3-4 pages, and nearly every page includes some type of color. The introduction is abridged to fit on one page, but the text of the fables appears intact.

Note that Amazon's "Look Inside" feature shows the same book interior regardless of which printing you are ordering.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was the most enchanting book I think that I have ever read. Such beautiful illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NebraskaIcebergs on August 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you are familiar with the name of Louisa May Alcott, you likely know her as the author of Little Women. You might also be familiar with the subsequent books about the March family - Good Wives, Jo's Boys, Little Men - which are also based on Alcott's life. You may not be aware, however, that Alcott wrote other children's books, which eventually earned her the title in her lifetime of the "The Children's Friend". Nor may you be aware that Alcott's first published book was actually a collection of fairy tales called Flower Fables.

Alcott first told her fanciful tales to Ellen, the daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and later wrote them down as a present. Feeling proud and excited, Alcott's father brought his daughter's tales to a local publisher. Advance copies of Alcott's book came out in 1854, in time for her to give copies as Christmas gifts. One hundred and fifty years later, in 2004, the Orchard House published a commemorative edition to benefit preservation of the home where Alcott lived. This year, I picked up my very first copy while visiting the Orchard House.

I wish I could tell you that I loved Flower Fables, but for the most part I find it dated. By this, I don't mean that Alcott described events which no longer hold relevance, portrayed ethnic groups or even genders in stereotyped ways, or applauded values that have gone out of style. Rather, I'm thinking instead of my husband's reaction to Little Women. For the most part, besides finding Little Women very girlie with its references to balls, romance, and clothes, he thought it preachy and moralistic. While today's readers might find that true to a certain extent, what saves Little Women is that it also has some of most memorable scenes and characters in children's literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Minnich on January 29, 2012
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Readers of Little Women will enjoy this collection of flower Fables. I specifically downloaded this book for my 9 year old daughter who had enjoyed other books by Alcott. She finished it in an afternoon and rellay loved it. This was a new book for me and I enjoyed the lyrical stories by this beloved author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RuthSophia on May 27, 2014
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These stories are nice and aim to teach the importance of virtue and the dangers of vice. Unfortunately, Alcott fails at making these tales attention grabbing, and as you read the fables it really starts to feel very long. Fortunately, this is not indicative of Alcott prowess as a writer and author - most of her other works are superior to this one. Honestly, I don't recommend the read unless either 1) you are an Alcott completest or 2) you are super into fairies and elves and want to read everything you can that talks about them. I love Alcott, she's one of my favorite authors, but this work just might be worth skipping.

P.S. - this edition contains no illustrations. Most reviews here mention beautiful accompanying illustrations. They are talking about print editions of this book, not this particular ebook.
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