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About the Author

Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in Chittenango, Ne

Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in Chittenango, New York. After trying many different professions, he turned tw York. After trying many different professions, he turned to writing for children at the age of 40. "The Wizard of Oz "o writing for children at the age of 40. "The Wizard of Oz "is the first and most popular of his fourteen Oz novels. is the first and most popular of his fourteen Oz novels.

Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books, including Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Hunting of the Snark, and The Colossal Book of Mathematics. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised edition (June 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486236439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486236438
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,993,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Scott on July 8, 2010
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This is a wonderful book for anyone with a taste for humorous fantasy. The stories are short and well written. There are no illustrations in this particular edition. Be aware of that, if you like the book enough, and consider finding a more robust printing to love and keep on a book shelf. Ultimately, though, any reader will find an extremely enjoyable read here.
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This book gives interesting stories with a moral at the end of each story and has illustrations on each page. The stories vary in length but can be read quickly due to the author's writing style. While different from "Oz" books, these stories are still a lot of fun.
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This book, written by Lyman Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz and many other Oz books is possibly his greatest work ever. Everyone should read this classic book of American fairy tales
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Baum, who lived between 1856 and 1919, collected thirteen tales in this volume. The stories are humorous. They seem to be new stories, not versions of fairy tales found in other cultures. The Box of Robbers is a good example. A young girl is left alone at home, goes up to her attic, finds an ancient chest, opens it, and discovers that it contains three Italian robbers. Her reactions to the robbers and theirs to her and to America are funny. They insist that they must continue their profession, so they go down stairs and bring up to the attic a lot of the girl's parent's possessions. After awhile, the girl finds a funny excuse to lure the robbers back into the chest. "The story should teach us," Baum writes, "not to interfere in matters that do not concern us. For had Martha refrained from opening Uncle Walker's mysterious chest she would not have been obliged to carry downstairs all the plunder the robbers had brought into the attic."
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I have only started reading this book on my Kindle. The stories are entertaining. I will read them to my grandkids. BUT I am disappointed that there is no Table of Contents. If they ask me to read a certain story, I will have to search the book for the title name. Would help so much to have a listing inn the Table of Contents.
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American Fairy Tales is a 1901 collection of twelve fantasy stories by L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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.
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I thought it would be neat to read them, since written by the author of the Wizard of Oz. They are ok, nothing objectionable but nothing especially interesting either. I read them to myself with the thought of reading them later to my boys -- but can't see them finding them interesting. Almost all of them ended with a line about the moral you were supposed to get from the story -- they didn't seem to fit and hitting someone on the head with that is kind of off-putting.
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Baum is at his usual quirky self in these fantastic short stories.

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 Ryl."
"The Witchcraft of Mary-Marie."
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