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Fairy Tales Hardcover – November 17, 2004
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Unless you have a really patient child, however, I wouldn't recommend this edition for sit-on-the-lap reading. The illustrations aren't particularly engaging. Rather, I would let your kids sit down with some blank paper and a box of crayons and ask them to draw their own pictures while you read out loud to them. Or read to them at bedtime when their eyes are closed. These are the kinds of stories to be savored by the senses rather than "follow-along-while-I-read."
It's not for the conventional. If you like a poetic imagination you will love these characters, these sentences, and the logic of a poet's world.
If you like moralistic lit or overly realistic lit for your poor children, don't bother with this beautiful masterpiece.
Cummings had a daughter by a failed marriage who never knew who her real father was. His first wife had left him and married a weallthy man. The daughter was too young to recognize her real father at the time. The daughter grew up in a life of wealth and privilege which Cummings could not have provided.
Years later, after a heads up from a friend, Cummings arranged to run into his full grown daughter in New York. He did not have the courage at first to identify himself. He asked her to allow him to paint her (Cummings was also a painter, and his works are fascinating.) It was during the painting sessions that Cummings finally told her that he was her father.
These fairy tales were written at different times.. Some were written for the daughter before he met her, and some written for his grandchildren.
As usual with Cummings, in order to fully appreciate them,, you have to read them over and over, but that's certainly not a burden.
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This is not a book of traditional Fairy tales and, I'm not even certain they are fairy tales by strict definition. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gina R
This is a very special book... I've always loved e e cummings and this is no exception. These are original stories that he wrote for his then young daughter. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sharon
LOVE the stories in this collection (except the last - its not very good for reading aloud). My 5 year old loves them too. Tender and expressive and funny and smart. Read morePublished on August 10, 2014 by crice
This is to be a Christmas gift for my granddaughter.Published on July 25, 2014 by Chicago Dogs in AZ
I love his poetry. this not so much. I would not recommend it to anyone. These tales are not to my liking.Published on March 6, 2014 by the gardener
EE Cummings can be as simple as Ogden Nash and as complex as James Joyce. Here he writes a fairy tale for his young daughter. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by mtcworld
Got this for my niece's new baby. My sister immediately read us the first story out loud. Goo goo gooPublished on March 24, 2013 by p t