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Oscar Wilde Stories for Children Hardcover – October, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Juv) (October 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027927652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027927658
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The familiar cast of characters in this handsomely illustrated volume includes kings, princesses, a greedy giant, a penniless gardener and a foolishly lovesick student. Six fable-like stories, first published in 1888, exhibit flashes of the prolific Wilde's wry humor--together with an occasional dollop of moralizing. In "The Selfish Giant," an innocent boy who shows the ogre the error of his ways turns out to be the Christ Child claiming him for Heaven; while "The Devoted Friend" celebrates the cleverness of a linnet. The arresting poignancy of "The Nightingale and the Rose," with its lament for the sacrifices of misguided love, cannot fail to captivate. Strangely ill-suited to this collection is "The Remarkable Rocket," a tiresome tale of bickering fireworks that strains even the most fertile of imaginations. Ranging from somber nightscapes to lively fantasies, Lynch's ( Melisande ) elegant paintings perfectly capture the variety of moods in these resonant fictions--ideal for read-aloud enjoyment. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up-- New illustrations for five tales that appeared in Wilde's 1888 collection, The Happy Prince and Other Stories plus "The Young King" from A House of Pomegranates. The selections most accessible to children--"The Happy Prince" and "The Selfish Giant"--have been published singly in numerous editions. The satire in "The Remarkable Rocket" and "The Devoted Friend" may limit their appeal to more sophisticated readers. Indeed, many of Wilde's ironic insights about education, religion, and class distinctions are more aptly directed toward adults, not children. Lynch's full-color paintings support Wilde's tone and style, ranging from romantic to satirical to frightening. Probably the most successful are the droll characterizations of the various types of fireworks in "The Remarkable Rocket." Because of the importance of Wilde's stories as examples of literary fairy tales, most libraries should own at least one edition of his works. Lynch's paintings make this one worth considering.
- Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Basically, this collection of Oscar Wilde stories is a reasonably good collection of the man's fairytales, mixing a few old favourites with some new (or at least reasonably unknown) stories; some excellent, some strange, and some, well...not so good. P. J. Lynch is the illustrator, who in my opinion is a man who can do no wrong. Some of his best are not in fact the full page illustrations, but the small pictures at the beginning and end of each stories, beautifully simple and framed only by the white of the page.
"The Selfish Giant" is probably the most famous of all Wilde's children's stories, of the giant who forbade children to play in his beautiful garden, resulting in winter claiming it all year round. Only when he tears down his walls and permits the children to play does he find happiness, especially in the discovery of a particular little boy who one day comes to claim him for his own garden...
"The Nightingale and the Rose" is a beautiful, haunting poetic tale that doesn't really come across as a children's story in content and form. A small nightingale hears the sadness of a lovelorn student, whose beloved has promised to dance with him if he brings her a red rose. Since none are in the garden, the Nightingale sacrifices herself in order to present him with one, singing of love in the moonlight whilst pressing herself up against the barren rosetree's thorn. No where is Wilde's stunning prose more obvious than here, as the Nightingale sings: "Bitter, bitter was the pain, and wilder and wilder grew her song, for she sang of the Love that is perfected by Death,
of the Love that dies not in the tomb." Just beautiful, and Lynch's garden scenes are striking - especially that of the Nightingale pressing her breast up against the thorn.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tyson on December 12, 2007
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I haven't read the stories yet, my comments are strictly on the illustrations. I love the illustrations of P.J. Lynch, and have purchased many books simply for those. I wondered why this book was so cheap, and now I know. It is printed on cheap paper with no color at all, which of course means the lovely illustrations look very poor. It's very disappointing, so if you do purchase this book, make sure it is for the stories, not the artwork, or try and find a full color printing with better quality.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lupo Lady on April 27, 2013
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I always loved the great storys Oscar Wilde wrote. I bought the book so I could pass them on to my grandchildren. I never tire of reading Oscar Wilde. Thanks !!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra on January 20, 2014
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One of my favourite books to read to kids. And this one also has beautiful pictures. It's a wonderful combination of words and images!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Attila Csikesz on March 26, 2007
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this is the kind of book that will be treasured down through the years.not an investment of money,but rather a feeling of well being
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