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The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Stories and Fairy Tales Paperback – April 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Rev Sub edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802841651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802841650
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McDonald made his name as a writer through his fairy tales, and this title, originally published as a two-volume set in 1973, contains all his best stories plus illustrations.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I had the 2 vol. edition and the single edition has advantages and disadvantages.
Richard P. Wilds
What is more, Mr. Sadler has included short stories, fairy tales, and embedded excerpts of quality from other collections.
bmuse
The other stories are also very fun and interesting and definitely have good moral stories and messages.
Dr. Al Nunez

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
My wife gave me this book for Christmas; she new I liked C.S. Lewis and that he counted Geo MacD as his mentor. I can heartily recommend this volume to anyone. The variety of style is what struck me the most: some of these I will read aloud to my children, some made me laugh out loud, and others left me scratching my head as to what the author was alluding to. Geo MacD has great insight into human nature, revealing our innermost thoughts so we can see we are not so different from the next guy. If you have heard of the author but aren't quite sure you would like him, try this one --- you'll know instantly!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mei L. Po on June 19, 2005
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I too was first introduced to George MacDonald by way of CS. Lewis. A friend gave me this book, "for recreation" during my busy final term in college- and it has become one of the most highly prized works in my collection. This series of short stories and fairy tales will enchant anyone who already loves Hans Christian Anderson or delights in "wonder" tales, and anyone looking for fresh parables and expressions of Christian faith.

Highly recommended!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Horton on June 20, 2006
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George MacDonald was one of the greatest, perhaps the greatest, 19th Century fantasist, and a key influence on C. S. Lewis. He was a Unitarian minister, and much of his fiction was essentially religious. I am particularly fond of his children's novels, At the Back of the North Wind, The Princess and the Goblin, and The Princess and Curdie. He also wrote adult novels, most importantly Phantastes and Lilith.

He also wrote a lot of shorter fiction. Much of the best is collected in The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Stories, selected by Glenn Edward Sadler. Two of the very best are "The Light Princess", a very funny story about a princess with no gravity, either of spirit or physically; and "The Golden Key", a lovely symbolic story about a boy and a girl and their long journey together. Other highlights are "The Wise Woman, or The Lost Princess", a long story (35,000 words or so) about a spoiled princess and a spoiled shepherd's child and the efforts of an old wise woman to reform them; the title story, about how the daughter of a too serious man and his neglected young wife brings them together after their younger child is stillborn; "The Carasoyn" (or "The Fairy Fleet"), about a young man and his less than enjoyable involvement with a group of fairies and their queen; "The History of Photogen and Nycteris" (or "The Day Boy and the Night Girl"), about two babies kidnapped by an evil fairy, the boy brought up only in daylight, the girl only in darkness; and "The Cruel Painter" is a fine story about a painter who insisted on distorting his scenes to bring out the worst in their subjects, and the young man who falls in love with his daughter and comes to work as his apprentice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elise and the Acorn on January 24, 2011
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I first encountered this book while in college, studying art and design.
Thirty years later George MacDonald is still one of my favorite writers. Mr. MacDonald writes for the child and the adult who needs to be reminded of childlike wisdom!
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This is all George MacDonald, and as introductions to MacDonald go, a reader could do far worse. More to the point, editor Glenn Edward Sadler has done us all a great favor, and weeded out the more uneven or inadequate pieces ever written by MacDonald; everything in this collection is of two qualities -- good, or great.

During the author's lifetime, he and his publishers brought out a two-volume book titled "The Gifts of the Child Christ." For those who pay attention to such matters, this edition is DIFFERENT from what MacDonald published before his death in 1905. By comparison, the difference benefits the newer edition. I say this because I have looked at the two volume version that MacDonald directed. And the poor guy stuck some stinkers in there. The outstanding stinker -- thankfully, not in this edition -- had been written by MacDonald decades earlier, before he ever published a single full-length adult-audience novel; it was a drama, a play for the stage, and it really, truly, stank. MacDonald sneaked this thing in at the end of his Volume 2 of Gifts of the Child Christ. And the critics and reviewers, quite rightly, did not mince words about how bad it was. ("If I Had A Father" -- read at your own risk.)

What is more, Mr. Sadler has included short stories, fairy tales, and embedded excerpts of quality from other collections. So what is in this edition is either harmless, or genuinely great writing. Enjoy.
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There is no one like George MacDonald, and there is nothing else he writes like his fairy tales. Packed with depth of meaning, charming and timeless, they are for everyone, and you will be younger, more childlike, wiser, more thoughtful, more honest, and more joyful for having read them.
This isn't a volume you read once; it's a treasure trove to read throughout your life, and share with your children and grandchildren. Some standouts are "The Light Princess", "The Golden Key", Little Daylight", "The Wise Woman", and of course "The Gifts of the Child Christ".
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