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The Yellow Fairy Book (Coloured Fairy Books #4)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,345 ratings  ·  33 reviews
48 tales from all over the world include The Emperor's New Clothes, The Tinder-box, How to Tell a True Princess, and The Nightingale, from Andersen, Grimm, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Germany, France, England, American Indians, and Iceland. Morals may be more memorable than details; endings may vary. 104 illustrations - 22 plates, 82 woodcuts.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 1966 by Dover Publications (first published 1894)
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Mary Catelli
This is the one in which the tales really start to branch out. There are a couple of literary tales that I didn't much like, but a lot more places. Greek. Polish. Bukowinaer. Iclelandic. A few from North America. I particularly liked The Golden Crab, The Flower-Queen's Daughter (in which dragons ride horses and go to dances where humans can dance, too), The Grateful Beasts, The Witch in the Stone Boat, and The Blue Mountains. ...more
Josh Parr
All the Lang books are required reading. Pre- Joseph Campbell panoramas of history's imagination. Great illustrations and grittier lessons than any Disney wants to teach.
Elinor  Loredan
I started out loving the stories, then they got less enchanting and more redundant and brutal. Favorites:

The Dragon of the North
The Golden Crab
The Little Green Frog
The Crow
The Seven-Headed Serpent (rather anticlimactic at the end, and how could that king live with himself, sending young people to die every year? But somehow I liked the atmosphere of the story)
The Grateful Beasts
The Wizard King (I feel sympathy with him--he just couldn't force it, could he?)
Fairer Than a Fairy
The Death of the Sun
Sandy Carlson
More Fairy Tales from the 19th century Fairy Tale Master.

The Yellow Fairy Book, the 4th in the 12-book series edited by Andrew Lang, takes us once more around the world, visiting various countries and exploring legends and tales. The 48 tales in this book come from Russia, Germany, France, Iceland, Native Americans, and other locations. Although they were adapted to fit the minds of young English children, the essence of the tales remain true.
Nenia Campbell

-don't EVER get remarried. your second wife is gonna be a scheming whore who will try to kill the children from your other marriage.

-telling someone NOT to do something UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES pretty much guarantees that they're gonna do whatever you didn't want them to do.

-luckily, there's almost always a loophole out of whatever curse you've inflicted upon yourself. stupidity is generally rewarded in the fantasy kingdom as long as you're a) beautiful and
Andrew Lang collects and edits different folk tales, myths, legends, and other stories from different countries, religions, and cultures. However, he does rewrite them to fit the Anglo-Saxon, Christian ideals that were pervasive among Western cultures, such as the United Kingdom and the United States. But once you get past that, it is an enjoyable way to learn new stories for future tellings.
Dara Salley
This was a fairly interesting collection of fairy tales from all over the world. I think the stories would probably be better as told by a story-teller, instead of reading them on a page. When reading them they come across as a bare statement of fact, almost like a newspaper report. They also tend to be somewhat repetitive. I guess you have to use your imagination to make them interesting!

I’ve read fairy tales since I was a child but it never ceases to astonish me how violent they are. People co
Just read this recently, as an adult, and have to admit I was disappointed. Still great resource but found the stories redundant and oddly boring...
Another beautiful book with amazing stories. I particularly enjoyed the native american fairy tales in this book. Also, as I continue to read these fairy tale series a few things stand out:

One, we will ALWAYS make mistakes.
Two, we should always try to persever and correct out mistakes, which hopefully will be rewarded in the end (and maybe not the way we thought we would be rewarded!)
Three, love is really a powerful force, and that there is infatuation (which during this time, dumb mistakes are
Juli Anna Herndon
Favourites here: "Six Swans," "The Nixy," "Fairer-than-a-Fairy," "The White Duck," "The Story of King Frost," "The Swineherd," "The Blue Mountains," "Thumbelina," and "The Story of a Darning-Needle."
Andrew Lang collected fairy and folk tales from all over the world in his "color" collections. It's a great way to read unfamiliar tales, and also to see how much similarity there is in stories from different cultures. Everyone seems to have a version of the Cinderella story for example. Oh, and step-mothers are always wicked and the first two sons or daughters might as well stay home because it's always the third child who is destined to succeed.
Mar 05, 2015 Tammy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Waiting for it's arrival.....
Warren Rochelle
I set myself a goal of reading all the Lang color fairy tale collections--so far, blue, red, green, and now, yellow. Pink is next. I remember reading somewhere Robin McKinley had done the same thing and and as she is a writer I admire, I thought doing so was worth emulating. I know I read many of the collections as a child, but that was back when I was in elementary school and I am finding I remember the covers than the stories. It's fun.
Rojai Williams
this book has a lot of interesting stories from many different parts of the world.this book has many interesting fairy tale like why the mouse dont like cats and why the dragons do let people know they exist and some of these stories haves morals and some of these don't but either way you can still enjoy them because some people can relate to them or they cant baecause ther so ....well out of this world and into another
Synthia Green
I enjoyed reading and finding similarities in modern stories, movies & TV Series (Snow White & The Huntsman 2012, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid). How is it that so many different cultures share the same content: Plot...Characterization...Imagery*
Fairy tales were not always made to have happy endings. Now out of print I have this and the Red Fairy book on my bookshelf. I grew up reading these. I can only wish every child gets to read these.
Steve Shilstone
I own this Folio edition, but the tattered and torn faded smudged yellow falling apart edition my mother owned as a child was the one I adored in my own younglinghood.
Adele Symonds
This is a collection of fairy stories from around the world, it nice to see some favourites but it ended up dragging because a lot of the stories were so similar.
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Books Yellow, Red, and Green and Blue,
All true, or just as good as true,
And here's the Yellow Book for YOU!

Andrew Lang

The fourth of Andrew Lang's fairy books. I enjoyed many of the tales in this series and the regional variations between similar tales are fascinating.
It's funny book and I like it very much.This book is a unforgettable book and I think everyone should have this book in their libraries.
I'm reading the individual stories in the red, yellow and blue fairy books and I'm about halfway through each. They are great!
Michael Steger
I have been reading stories from this with my daughters-- a great collection, in a beautiful illustrated edition
Nan Silvernail
More fairy tales.
This one has "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" in it. That story still makes me sad and unhappy.
Feb 12, 2013 Lina is currently reading it
chptr 7/49

Fairy tales are really unsettling, why am I just noticing this now?
These volumes helped to shape my dreams that I had of being a knight-hero :D
The cover of the copy I read was red, not yellow.
Bad type font and older English are the only negatives
Don Gubler
The yellow and blue are my favorites.
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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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“Letters from the first were planned to guide us into Fairy Land.” 3 likes
“Again, if there are really no fairies, why do people believe in them, all over the world? The ancient Greeks believed, so did the old Egyptians, and the Hindoos, and the Red Indians, and is it likely, if there are no fairies, that so many different peoples would have seen and heard them?” 3 likes
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