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The Olive Fairy Book (Coloured Fairy Books #11)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  676 ratings  ·  19 reviews
29 tales from Turkey, India, Denmark, Armenia, the Sudan, and France. The Green Knight is saved by a soup made from nine snakes, the lovely Dorani flies every night to fairyland, heroes hear animals. Eight Punjabi tales, five from Armenia, 16 others. Flying dragons, ogres, fairies, and princes transformed into white foxes. 50 illustrations.
Paperback, 330 pages
Published June 1st 1968 by Dover Publications (first published 1907)
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Sadly, this collection ran more in the way of The Billy Goat And The King, in which the happy ending comes in the form of a wise old goat teaching the King to better control his wife by threatening to beat the poor woman. I'm afraid neither women or men come out of the grand majority of these stories at all well.
There are a scant few tales in The Olive Fairy Book that I truly enjoyed, but they earn those three stars.
Abigail Rasmussen
These traditional fairy tale stories are rich in character building qualities. The sun may shine purple and zebras may be blue and green polka dots but however fantastical the imagined world may be the stories retain a faithfulness to the moral order of the actual universe. The characters in the metaphors are not just random figments of a fancy imagination but rather reflections of our own invisible world, the supernatural.

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Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
'My son,’
‘what is the matter?’

‘Nothing, father,’
‘but I have determined to go into the world and seek my fortune.’

‘Be advised,’
‘and remain in your father’s house; it is better to have half a loaf at home than to seek a whole one in distant countries.’

But Ram Singh was in no mood to heed such advice, and very soon the old man ceased to press him.

‘if your mind is made up I suppose you must have your way. But listen carefully, and remember five parting counsels which I will give you; and i
Elinor  Loredan
These fairy tales are much longer and more detailed than ones I am used to. While some are rambling and either get jumbled or don't come full circle (The Comb and the Collar, Geirlug the King's Daughter, The Story of Zoulvisia, Punishment of the Fairy Gangana), the rest were, for the most part, lovely in focus, development, and conclusion. Definitely more rewarding than some bare-bones fairy tales. In these, the reader generally gets to spend more time with the characters.
Warren Rochelle
One more color to go--
This one--hmm. Some violent stories, and others that I read in adifferent version, such as "The boy who found fear," and then this story of long patience, "He Wins Who Waits"--with the husband and wife separated for 20 years.
I sort of regret that in reading these books, I didn't take the time to make special notes of the stories I liked best. The last story in this volume, "The Silent Princess", was a definite favorite. I love it when stories contain other stories.
Nora Peevy
A wonderful collection of tales from around the world with beautiful illustrations. This book can be enjoyed by children and adults alike and is a good addition to anyone's collection of fairy tales.
all of the books in this series are great... fairy tales, fairy tales, fairy tales... absurd and wonderful and oddly familiar...

uh, this is a 5-star book, but my stars aren't working right now.
Another fantastic fairy book. Fabulous illustrations as usual. 300 pages later and I still love reading each fairy tale!
There were so many cool sotries in this book. It was cool to see where some of the childrens stories came from.
Melissa Bee
I love the Andrew Lang "color" fairy tale books..... Finding them in ebook format has been wonderful.
I'm enjoying this collection. I've read both this and the Blue Fairy Book. I want to read the others, too.
Stories are great and I wish I could own the whole set. I love the colors of the books to.
I love fairy tales, and this series has so many good ones compiled together
These volumes helped to shape my dreams that I had of being a knight-hero :D
I read approximately half of these stories...goodtimes.
The Indian stories are particularly well-written.
Almost entirely Middle Eastern and Indian tales
Nan Silvernail
More lovely old fairy tales.
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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.
The Andrew Lang Lectures at St. Andrews University are named for him. He also rewrote the famous The 12 Dancing Princesses, originally done by the Grimm Brothers. Andrew Lang did the French version.
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