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Flower Fables Paperback – September 12, 2013
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If you're going to purchase Flower Fables, my recommendation is the version published in 1998 and illustated by Leah Palmer Preiss. She features full page color illustrations every 3-4 pages, and nearly every page includes some type of color. The introduction is abridged to fit on one page, but the text of the fables appears intact.
Note that Amazon's "Look Inside" feature shows the same book interior regardless of which printing you are ordering.
P.S. - this edition contains no illustrations. Most reviews here mention beautiful accompanying illustrations. They are talking about print editions of this book, not this particular ebook.
Alcott first told her fanciful tales to Ellen, the daughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and later wrote them down as a present. Feeling proud and excited, Alcott's father brought his daughter's tales to a local publisher. Advance copies of Alcott's book came out in 1854, in time for her to give copies as Christmas gifts. One hundred and fifty years later, in 2004, the Orchard House published a commemorative edition to benefit preservation of the home where Alcott lived. This year, I picked up my very first copy while visiting the Orchard House.
I wish I could tell you that I loved Flower Fables, but for the most part I find it dated. By this, I don't mean that Alcott described events which no longer hold relevance, portrayed ethnic groups or even genders in stereotyped ways, or applauded values that have gone out of style. Rather, I'm thinking instead of my husband's reaction to Little Women. For the most part, besides finding Little Women very girlie with its references to balls, romance, and clothes, he thought it preachy and moralistic. While today's readers might find that true to a certain extent, what saves Little Women is that it also has some of most memorable scenes and characters in children's literature.Read more ›
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I was not obliged to write a favorable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just what I wanted. The recipient was very pleased. Thank you.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have always enjoyed the writing of Louisa May Alcott. This book of short fables are as fun to read as any of her others. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs. Kimberly S. Napier
I have read this book many times over the years and it never fails to make me feel good. Louisa may Alcott is one of my favorite authorsPublished 18 months ago by Sheila Osborne
Terrible if u don't like old fashioned stories that the characters tell stories but if u like where there is no main storyline and its a bunch of characters telling confusing... Read morePublished 20 months ago by gagged ghost
I'm a fan of Louisa May Alcott's work and found these stories to be absolutely delightful! I have also purchased the actual book, not being content with the ebook only! :-)Published on July 22, 2014 by Echo Nolan
This is a lovely, neat little book with adorable fairy stories. However, I was disappointed that it was not illustrated so have bought another version with pretty illustrations to... Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by trixie
One of my favorite L.M.A. books. Very fun collection of fairy tales, can be enjoyed by both children and adults.Published on April 27, 2013 by eljay
Magical tales of fairies with great morals for the heart. The artwork detail is fabulous. This is a treasured keeper in our family - a book to pass from generation to generation.Published on April 17, 2013 by Char Milliman