- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (October 23, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345362632
- ISBN-13: 978-0345362636
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales Hardcover – October 23, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
This collection of 10 well written stories nicely illustrates the concept that fairy tale themes are universal, and that modern fantasy writers can give them a sophisticated, psychological and realistic approach while still providing a sense of wonder for all ages. In Barbara Hambly's Changeling, a hard-working Marchlord slays the dragon devastating his countryside and brings home to his wife and children what he finds in its lair: a mute child with two unusual companions. Anne McCaffrey's "The Quest of a Sensible Man" features a prince who seeks a suitable mate for his flying horse. The eponymous "Thistledown" in Susan Dexter's tale is a unicorn colt saved from from predatory hounds by a mute boy suspected of witchcraft. The spoiled princess in "The Fairy Godmother," by Lester del Rey, learns the rudiments of wise rule when she is taken in by an old couple after an attempted abduction. In Wayland Drew's "The Old Soul," an old woman's tale of the fall of a powerful city jolts three travelers out of their self-important lives . Illustrations not seen by PW .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-- In these ten short stories, YAs will sample the sure, skillful craftsmanship of Isaac Asimov, Terry Brooks, C. J. Cherryh, Lester del Rey, Susan Dexter, Wayland Drew, Barbara Hambly, Katherine Kurtz, Anne McCaffrey, and Lawrence Watt-Evans. Dragons, witches, princesses, princes, and others inhabit these modern tales of myth and magic. The text, full of wit, playfulness, imagery, and spirituality, is enhanced by the beautiful illustrations. A superb addition to any collection, this volume is a treasure.
- Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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If you are looking for a book to capture that nostalgic fairy tale feel as a child yet have adult humor and other stuff, this is a book you would like.
The stories are very well-thought-out and they will stick in your mind for years (as they have mine!) The artwork in this book is FANTASTIC, as well (I wish someone would sell prints of some of these). Personally, I stumbled upon this book by accident... and it has become one of those that I will save for my children, and re-read, throughout the years.
BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!! Right now, don't even hesitate!
I treasure this book - it is one of my all-time favorites.
Read it and enjoy.... for many years to come!