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The Orange Fairy Book Hardcover – April 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 03 - 06
  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421838257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421838250
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,747,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The expert narration of Judith Boyd perfectly captures this fascinating saga of five women and one amazing serial womanizer. The story moves between Antwerp, Rio, Paris, Bath, and Venice with Boyd never missing a beat as each woman slowly comes to realize that she's been duped and must come to terms with it. Boyd is a master at quoting thoughts and even more adept at translating every emotion of the story. Boyd's skill also helps maintain clarity as the settings change. One can hardly say enough to recommend this unusual story. A perfect listen. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated.
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I hope that my grand-children will find the same joy and escape that I did as a child through this series of books.
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Lang was one of the first editors to collect multicultural fairy tales into one volume for readers.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on April 6, 2000
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Lang was one of the first editors to collect multicultural fairy tales into one volume for readers. The Orange Fairy Book offers tales from many cultures. Included tales are The Girl-Fish, How Isuro the Rabbit Tricked Gudu, How the Stalos Were Tricked, The Adventures of a Jackal, Story of the King Who Would See Paradise, and many others. I have enjoyed the colored fairy books for years. Don't miss the great illustrations either.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 29, 2009
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In the late 19th century, historian, scholar, and anthropologist, Andrew Lang, began publishing collections of fairy tales from around the world. The first volume was `The Blue Fairy Book' published in 1887. Lang was not a true ethnologist, like the German Brothers Grimm. He was far more the `translator' than collector of tales from the source, stories transcribed from being told by people to whom the tales were passed down by word of mouth. In fact, many stories in his first volume, such as Rumpelstiltskin; Snow White; Sleeping Beauty; Cinderella; and Hansel and Gretel were translated from Grimm's books of fairy tales. Some of his `fairy tales' were even `copied from relatively recent fantasy fiction, such as A Voyage to Lilliput, the first of the four episodes in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
My inspiration for commenting Lang's series of fairy tale books is for the sheer quantity of tales, the wonderful woodcut illustrations, some few of which may have become almost as popular as the tales (although not quite in the same league as Sir John Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's great fantasies), and the fact that I had these when I was young.
With twelve of these books, with between 30 and 36 stories in each book, this gives one about 400 different stories. If I were to recommend anything as standard equipment at a grandparents' house, it would be a complete set of these books.
Needless to say, there are a few `warnings' to accompany books assembled over 100 years ago. You will encounter a fair number of words with which even an adult may be unfamiliar, let alone a five year old. For example, on the second page of The Princess Mayblossom in The Red Fairy Book, a character puts sulfur in a witch's porridge. This requires at least three explanations.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2003
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I find this book to be one of the best fairy tale books I've ever read. The illustrations are simply beautiful! The different plots and twists for each tale are interesting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Clayton on October 23, 2007
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Bought this with other books in the same series. I will eventually have the whole collection that I plan to display in my dining room. I hope that my grand-children will find the same joy and escape that I did as a child through this series of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Slater on January 27, 2013
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better to have the full series, than just a few. i like that these are timeless and multicultural. perfect for my 9 year old!
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This is another fine installment of the colored fairy books by Andrew Lang, which are collections of fairy tales from all around the world. I want to say right off, if you want the good edition with the preface written by Andrew Lang and the illustrations, the Dover edition is the one to have, and most other editions should be avoided, as they are not quality nor do they have those things in them. I liked many of the stories inside, including the Girl-Fish, The Ugly Duckling, The Enchanted Wreath, Pinkel the Thief, The White Doe, and the list goes on. If you have any questions as it relates to this book, or want details about the stories inside (and what I listed is just a small taste), feel free to ask. And may stories like this guide you into Faerie, a wonderful, sometimes terrifying place, where joy and peril are everywhere, sharp as swords...
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I was so happy to see that Andrew Lang's Fairy Books are now available on Kindle. Don't miss this chance to check out what fairy tales used to be, before Walt Disney watered them down for modern children.

This is a great book for anyone who loves a good, old-fashioned fairy tale.
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From the Brothers Grimm to The Mother Goose Fairy Tales, fairies and the magical unseen world has always fascinated me. All the various color fairy story books offered by Amazon via Kindle are wonderful flights of fancy and imagination which can take anyone out of the mundane world of cares and responsibility to a place only Peter Pan and Tinkerbell know intimately. Get a copy of each color book. They will carry you over the bumps in life and are a delight to read and reread.
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