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American Fairy Tales (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – June 1, 1978
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These stories feature good humor, and are often tongue-in-cheek. While perfectly appropriate for children, they were clearly written with adults in mind, and can be enjoyed by such. Highlights here include "The Glass Dog" and "The Queen of Quok."
They aren't all classics, but everything is short and moves briskly. There is also some mild racism in a couple of places, but nothing worth starting a bonfire over.
Overall, American Fairy Tales is a charming, clever, entertaining work.
A lot of people will almost certainly take offence at the final story which involves some stereotypes of the villain who is Chinese, but he is a villain and the other Chinese in the story are not portrayed the same way.
There is also some offensive stereotyping in the Laughing Hippopotamus, the story of a fun loving young hippo hunted by an African bully.
These are not Baum's best stories by any means and though there are some fun moments to be had, it's definitely not in my favorites when it comes to his fairy tales.
This is NOT the complete edition and is missing three stories and all of the illustrations.
The twelve stories included are:
"The Box of Robbers."
"The Glass Dog."
"The Queen of Quok."
"The Girl Who Owned a Bear."
"The Enchanted Types."
"The Laughing Hippopotamus."
"The Magic Bon Bons."
"The Capture of Father Time."
"The Wonderful Pump."
"The Dummy That Lived."
"The King of the Polar Bears."
"The Mandarin and the Butterfly.".
The missing stories which were added in a later edition are:
"The Strange Adventures of an Egg."
"The Witchcraft of Mary-Marie."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The stories were not as "American" as I expected them to be. I was looking for Indians, frontiersmen, and settlers. There were, instead, Chinese, castles, and princes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like the stories in the book and the lessons that the books tought. I also liked that most of the stories were fiction.Published 4 months ago by SuperDragon
Very weird collection of stories and not noticeably "American". Tried it due to author, but stick to Oz books.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer