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The Green Fairy Book
Andrew Lang
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The Green Fairy Book (Coloured Fairy Books #3)

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42 tales from around the world, Germany Grimm, France de Caylus, Fenelon, Kletke, D'Aulnoy - The Blue Bird, Sylvain and Jocosa, Prince Narcissus, The Three Little Pigs, the Half-Chick - feature monsters, giants, and more. 100 illustrations.
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Published (first published 1892)
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that is obviously not the right cover
Mar 06, 2016 Erik rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book that I received for Christmas last week. I was especially excited to get one with all the old illustrations. It's definitely one of the better books in Lang's collection. The illustrations are beautiful and the fanciful descriptions add to the charm.

My favorite stories:
- The Blue Bird
- The Story of Caliph Stork
- Rosanella
- Fairy Gifts (this one's hilarious, and I like that it's a rare princess story without romance)
- Prince Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla
- Heart of Ice
- T
Back to reporting out the notes I took on my e-reader!


Re: "This is the third, and probably the last of the Fairy Books of many colours." Ahahaha. Good try, Andrew.

Re: "There are grown up people now who say that the stories are not good for children, because they are not true, because [...] but probably you who read the tales know very well how much is true and how much is only make believe, and I never yet heard of a child who killed a very tall man merely because Jack killed the giant
Mary Catelli
This one was front-loaded with a few literary ones I didn't much like. But it has a number I quite like, including some I had forgotten about. The Golden Blackbird I remembered but not The Little Soldier -- which combines plotlines I've seen from other tales, with a bit more sense than I've sometimes seen them -- with a twist I've seen elsewhere and forgot I saw here. We have a whole bunch of less usual Grimms, such as The White Snake and Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle. Seemed to me to be spread o ...more
Elinor  Loredan
Feb 10, 2014 Elinor Loredan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I love most of the first several stories. The characters are interesting, plots clever, magic enchanting, humor effective, and endings satisfying:

The Blue Bird
The Story of Caliph Stork
Sylvain and Jocosa
Fairy Gifts
Prince Narcissus
Prince Fickle
Hok Lee and the Dwarfs
Prince Vivien

Others started out holding my interest, but either became muddled or the hero/heroine did something I could not sympathize with (like in the Enchanted Ring, when the hero drowns everyone, or Puddocky, when the dogs
May 22, 2016 LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and anyone who likes a good fairy tale

As expected, this installment of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books series is full of timeless stories(though some are more memorable than others), nicely retold by Lang and beautifully illustrated by H.J. Ford. Here are my favorite stories from this collection:

-The Blue Bird
-The Half-Chick
-Fairy Gifts
-Prince Featherhead and the Princess Celandine
- The Three Little Pigs
-Heart of Ice (this one has a more interesting premise than your typical prince-and-princess fairy tale)
-The Enchanted
May 08, 2015 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Green Fairy Book contains 42 tales, if I counted correctly. The ones which you will immediately recognize are The Three Little Pigs and The Story of the Three Bears. However, these stories aren't always the way that you remember them. Another one, which was my favorite, was The Fisherman and His Wife. You might recognize this tale, and you might not, but it is about a poor fisherman who catches a flounder who claims to be a prince. He decides to release it but the wife berates him saying he ...more
Jaymin Cheatwood
"Whoever dies not believe this story must pay a dollar."
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
"Little goat, bleat, Little table, appear,"

and a beautifully spread table will stand before you, with the most delicious food on it, so that you can eat as much as you want. And when you have had enough and don't want the little table any more, you have only to say,

"Little goat, bleat, Little table, away,"

and then it will vanish.' Then the wise woman went away.
but Little Two-eyes thought, 'I must try at once if what she has told me is true, for I am more hungry than ever'; and she said,

'Little g
Artnoose Noose
Oct 23, 2013 Artnoose Noose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Artnoose by: corey olsen
One of my favorite spots to nurse is a corner in the children's section of the main library in town. There's a chair, and it faces a corner with science books on one wall and fairy stories on the other. I got a long time to look over the titles of the books on these shelves and noticed the color fairy book series. Without opening any of them, I assumed that they were stories about fairies the same color of the book titles. This is not true. It's just that they made the book covers different colo ...more
There is nothing like a fairy tale and Lang’s Green Fairy Book brings together some wonderful stories.

There is the slightly whimsical heroes, the murderous villains, the romantic leads, the fierce protector, the wizened mentor and a stack of other characters. What counts is that good always triumphs no matter how many times the hero is lied, tricked, killed, maimed they will always be fully restored and find true love.

If only life was so
Jan 05, 2009 Leonardo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale lovers
Recommended to Leonardo by: Cecilia
A collection of tales perhaps best taken on small dosis. Andrew Lang's were a landmark of fairy tales for children and still are a wortwhile reading. However, I must admit a certain dissapointment with the Green Fairy book. It wasn't that I was not transported to the lands of the fairies in every tale, but I'm afraid that the telling and the stories became somewhat repetitive from very early on: it just became too obvious who was the fairy, who the princess, who the prince, no matter what disgui ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book of fairy tales! Read it when I was a kid. All the Andrew Lang color fairy books are wonderful, with lovely illustrations by H.J. Ford.
Juli Anna Herndon
Worth a gander here: "The Story of Caliph Stork," "Heart of Ice," "The Dirty Shepherdess," "Puddocky,""Allerleirauh: or, the Many-Furred Creature," "Spindle, Shuttle, Needle,""The Three Dogs."
Stef Rozitis
I loved this book as a child. I used to particularly love the picture of the princess Potentilla and gaze at it for hours. I liked that story and the bluebird story (though both were sometimes too awful to read -frightening and sad in parts)

Whether I would read the stories more critically now or not, I know that aspects of the green fairy book worldview formed me as a thinker and writer and dreamer and reader and I know Lang's collections have been formative for many other writers, most of them
Jul 25, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one had less odd stories, and more long, enjoyable ones. There were a few I hadn't heard, which is always nice.
Jun 13, 2012 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-2012, now-classic
Alright, but I don't have many comments on it. It's a book of fairy tales, parts of dialogue are hilarious…

For example, in one (not sure which story, exactly)

"Well, tell me everything. There must be a princess at the bottom of all this."

"There are TWO." Said the king wryly.

Which is all well and good.

Stories I liked:

- The Caliph Stork
- Rosanella
- Prince Featherhead and Princess Celandine
- Puddocky (sort of like The White Cat)
- Hok Lee and the Dwarves
- Prince Vivien and Princess Placida
- The Twel
Deby Fredericks
Apr 24, 2016 Deby Fredericks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The antique feeling of these stories is great, but there is a certain monotony. It reminds me why I love fairy tales, and at the same time why so many people mock them. I had to return the book to the library before I got through them all.
Feb 22, 2016 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such awesome books.
Mar 05, 2015 Tammy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for it's arrival.....
Kate Coombs
I take my fairy tales seriously, so I'm slowly collecting all of the Lang books. This one has some good stories from Grimm, a couple of those long, romanticized tales from the French court, and a few miscellaneous stories--including Caliph Stork, which I believe is from 1001 Arabian Nights. I will just say that anyone who's really into fairy tales should consider reading these books, but might want to check them out at the library.
Feb 27, 2010 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much fun. These fairy books are quaintly old-fashioned in a good way.

My only beef with this book, which came from the Logan Library, is that the dear editor thought he needed to change, rewrite etc. Why? Wasn't Andrew Lang good enough? And, although the pictures were great, I understand that they are not original.

I want to purchase all 12 of these fairy books, but I'll be concerned to get unadulterated Lang.
Rebecca Roberts
Apr 12, 2016 Rebecca Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely as always!
Dec 25, 2015 Sandie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was a gift from my 3rd Grade teacher and I read it over and over through the years. Its since been lost to me, but I can remember spending many hours reading this book. I loved it and if it was in my possession I have no doubt that I would continue reading it. Like Grimm's Fairy Tales, I never tired of this book. Full of delightful stories!!
Mar 18, 2015 Stef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great read aloud, we really enjoyed this one except for three stories that were just bizarro world o_O
Warren Rochelle
I have set for myself as a long-term project to (re)read all the color fairy books edited by Andrew Lang. (Re)read because I remember reading them as a child, but I am not sure I read every single book or every single tale in all the books. I got the idea for this from Robin McKinley, one of my author heroes. On to the Yellow!
This is a wonderful collection of original fairy tales, including The Dirty Shepherdess; The Story of the Fisherman and His Wife; Little One Eyes, Little Two Eyes, and Little Three Eyes; Allerleirauh- or, the Many-furred Creature. An absolute must in Lang's "Fairy Book" series for any child who wants "just one more" bedtime story!
Aug 20, 2015 Maureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and the people who read to them
Shelves: children
After we finished reading The Red Fairy Book, we went straight into The Green Fairy Book. There are familiar stories here, along with some I had never heard before. In the realm of classic children's literature, these books (red, green, blue) should be read.
Nov 12, 2012 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally love fairy tales, but this book had waay too much violence as a means to an end. In one story, two people were perfectly kind to someone and got beaten, whereas another person who beat that same person got to marry a princess and live happily ever after.
May 30, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter listened to these stories on audio book at bedtime. She loved them. She is not sensitive in nature and is not bothered at all by fairy tale violence or dark themes, but some stories may not be appropriate for sensitive souls before bed.
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Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and a contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales.

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“If there are frightful monsters in fairy tales, they do not frighten you now, because that kind of monster is no longer going about the world, whatever he may have done long, long ago. He has been turned into stone, and you may see his remains in museums.” 5 likes
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