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The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies (A Golden Classic) Hardcover – September 9, 2008
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Garth Williams was a renowned children’s book illustrator. His work is easily recognizable in the classic Golden Books favorites The Sailor Dog, The Friendly Book, Mister Dog, and The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse.
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Top Customer Reviews
recreation of the illustrations. I would say, get the book anyway, but those of us who remember the original know that first is sometimes best. If you find one in an old bookstore or still have the book from 1951, treasure it and read it to your grandchildren.
I ordered this latest edition, again for a new grandchild, and when it arrived I was very disappointed in the quality of the pictures. They look washed out and poorly saturated, as though the publisher were trying to save on ink. Comparing the two editions side by side, the difference is very striking. Although it's still a wonderful book, and not having seen the earlier editions a child won't know what he or she is missing, still some of the magic is gone. The fairy marbles no longer glow off the page and the silken scarf is a pale version of its former self. It's better than nothing, but what a shame to have taken the spirit out of those lovely pictures!
The contents are as follows:
When a Ring's Around the Moon - Mary Jane Carr
Singeli's Silver Slippers - Martha Inez Johnson
Song for a Summer Evening - Mildred Bowers Armstrong
Little People's Market - Dorothy Brown Thompson
A Goblinade - Florence Page Jaques
The Brownie in the Garden - Elsa Ruth Nast
The Second-Hand Shop - Rowena Bennett
Pipes and Drums - Lilian Holmes
The Pixie's Scarf - Alison Uttley
The Fairies - William Allingham
The Cannery Bear - Ray St. Clair
The Bored Goblins - Dorothy Brown Thompson
The Gift - Jane Werner
Halloween Song - Marjorie Barrows
Finding Fairies - Marjorie Barrows
The Lost Merbaby - Margaret and Mary Baker
The Little House - Elizabeth Godley
The Room Beneath the Tree - James Stephens
Where Hidden Treasure Lies - Sheila O'Neill
Ring-a-ring o'Fairies - Madelaine Nightingale
The stories and poems are wonderful for reading aloud to lower elementary children ( depending on a child's attention span as some of these stories tend to be a little long) and independent readers will enjoy these stories too. This brings back fond memories of my childhood, for which I am immensely grateful!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a favorite book of my childhood. I'm happy to have this lovely edition to share with my grandchildren! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carole
My favorite story is that of the bear that had the radar antenna on its head! I had this book when I was little in the 1950s. Gave it to a cousin and never got it back. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cherryl Walker
My almost-3 year old wasn't immediately taken by this book ... It was under the Christmas tree from Santa on Christmas morning, and the new toys were a much bigger draw. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amy G
I had this book as a child. It was one of my favorites. It brought back many pleasant memories of snuggling on the sofa with my mom while she read the stories and I searched the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Overall a faithful reprint of the original I was raised on, but the colors appear washed out. It lacks the vibrancy and magic of the 1951 edition.Published 7 months ago by Dr Jeka