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The Gift of the Wondrous Fig Tree

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Queen Iris is delighted when the all-knowing wondrous fig tree, which stands in the middle of Fairyland, gives her Lala on her coronation day. But Lala is no ordinary fairy child. He shows very little interest in the spells he learns in fairy school and prefers the company of humans, befriending a recently orphaned girl, Beata, and her uncle. The queen hopes her sons behav ...more
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published 2008 by Európa Könyvkiadó (first published 1965)
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Gihoe
Oct 17, 2014 Gihoe rated it it was amazing
Nem gondoltam volna, hogy ilyen jó lesz, ezek után több Szabó Magdát fogok olvasni. :)
Hikari
Nov 28, 2015 Hikari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hogy kiknek ajánlom? MINDENKINEK! És ezt most tényleg viccen kívül. Ez a könyv az (gondolkodtam általánosítok az összes Szabó Magda könyvre nézve, de inkább nem) amit mindenki olvashat. Legyen akár kisgyerek, akinek még felolvassák a szülei, nagy felnőtt, aki már maga olvassa, vagy éppen nagymama akinek már az unokája mutatja be tündérországot. Teljesen mindegy, hogy kilenc vagy kilencvenkilenc éves vagy, ezt a könyvet végig kell járnod, ha igazán szereted az irodalmat, nem maradhat ki. És még j ...more
Judit Bacskai
Dec 07, 2012 Judit Bacskai rated it it was amazing
This children's book is a classic, an exciting, beautiful, quick-paced, heartfelt and clever story about the fairy queen's son, 10-year-old Lala, how he finds himself different from the others, how he's coping with those amidst dangers from the evil wizard-fairy, his companionship with humans. Are humans and fairies so much different?
I read it to my sons aged 6-7, and while it may have been a touch early, they were captivated by the sheer adventure. I would recommend it from age 9-10.
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Sanne
Mar 26, 2016 Sanne rated it it was amazing
Een sprookjesachtig verhaal over een jonge elfenprins en zijn moed en doorzettingsvermogen. Prachtig taalgebruik en met veel liefde geschreven.
Susan Siow
Sep 16, 2014 Susan Siow rated it it was amazing
This is surely one of the most exquisite tales I've read in a long while. It is a beautiful and magical tale of sacrificial love and courage set in fairyland. Would love to see this made into a film!
Kinga
Jun 28, 2011 Kinga rated it it was amazing
Magda Szabo is one of my favorite Hungarian writers. She did not write too many children/young adult books but all of them are fabulous and extremely high level literature. This book is not an exception either. I was thrilled to find out a couple of years ago that it was translated into English as well.

It is a lovely fairy tale about the son of the Queen of Fairyland who has a human heart (so he is not "normal"). Because of this he goes through lots of exciting adventures up to an adorable endin
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Gaby Kozma
Jun 03, 2015 Gaby Kozma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ha lehetne, hat csillagot adnék. A legszebb mese, amit az elmúlt 20 évben olvastam. Talán az utolsó harmadban lehetett volna több intrika, de felnőttként is nehéz volt letenni, pedig rég kinőttem a műfajt.
Olivia
Mar 21, 2009 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in Hungarian when I was a kid. Now I'm reading the English translation (I'd like to read it in the original again, but I don't own it in Hungarian)). It's a beautiful fairy tale (literally, because it's about fairies) about the son of the fairy queen who has a human heart. The English translation is not bad and the title is "The Gift of the Wondrous Fig Tree". I can't wait to read it to my daughter when she gets a little bit older! ;-)
Anita
Dec 18, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elmondhatatlanul aranyos kis történet! :) Az eleje picit vontatott ugyan, de aztán magával ragadja az olvasót. Alig bírtam kivárni míg újra olvashatok egy picit, pedig ez rég esett meg velem… meg drukkoltam, hogy történjen már valami szép, legyen jó a mese vége!
Bájos, humoros, gyereknek való – illetve felnőtteknek, akik szeretnének pár humoros, vidám pillanatot!
5 csillag!
Katri
A lovely fairy tale about the son of the Queen of the Fairyland who has a human heart. Katalin Szegedi's gorgeous illustrations are a wonderful added bonus. I wasn't sure whether to give this four or five stars, but the illustrations raise it up to five... as does the adorable ending!
Vanda
Oct 09, 2009 Vanda rated it it was amazing
This book is a true jewel. Made my youth richer and definitelly added something to my life. I wish i could buy one in dutch so that my children could read it too. Such a shame the world never got a fair chance to read this book.
Lora
Jul 04, 2010 Lora rated it really liked it
The prettiest thing I've read in a long time.
Rita
Jul 14, 2012 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I own a copy in Latvian
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Magda Szabó was a Hungarian writer, arguably Hungary's foremost woman novelist. She also wrote dramas, essays, studies, memories and poetry.

Born in Debrecen, Szabó graduated at the University of Debrecen as a teacher of Latin and of Hungarian. She started working as a teacher in a Calvinist all-girl school in Debrecen and Hódmezővásárhely. Between 1945 and 1949 she was working in the Ministry of R
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