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Flower Fables

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott Flower Fables contains wildly imaginative stories that grew out of Alcott's experience as a storyteller to the children of her Concord, Connecticut, neighbors. Through these enticing encounters with fairies, elves, and animals, the author creates a foundation for young people based on the themes of love, kindness, and responsibility. A co ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 256 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Sun Hill Rose and Briar Books (first published December 9th 1854)
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Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty good short story collection about fairies. Definitely check this out at your local library and wherever ebooks are sold.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was uplifted by Louisa May Alcott's snippets of fairy life. I don't remember what I was expecting from this book, but it is now high on my list of favorites. It's free on Amazon Kindle.

We can learn many lessons from the fairies in this book. They embody the love of beautiful things, the unseen comforter of fallen sparrows and insects, the hope of diligent labor, and the contagious kindness of tender concern.

I like her interpretation of these magical creatures.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, child-lit
While I'm sure this is a delight for children, especially the religious children of civil-war era America, I found this children's book saccharine and strangely uninspiring. Even the darker moments (if you can really call them that) of these fables come off as anti-climactic and shallow, and I feel that the moral lessons of each tale have had their impact lessened because of a sort of forced censorship. It seemed like any consequences the protagonists of each tale suffered for not heeding the mo ...more
Katharine Ott
"Flower Fables" - written by Louisa May Alcott and originally published in 1855 by George W Briggs, this edition published in 1998 by Okey-Doke Productions. An important feature of this book of fairy stories is that it was written by an author who is revered for her later works, especially "Little Women" in 1868. The six stories here have a strong cautionary bent, admonishing children to be sweet, kind, and pure - likely prevailing sentiments in children's literature at the time. Alcott's descri ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
What an adorably sweet book!
Helen Marquis
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful set of fables, delivered as campfire tales from a fairy get-together, each setting a good example to young impressionable minds. The basic theme running through all of them is to live honest and true and be nice to other people, even in the overwhelming face of negativity and seemingly insurmountable challenges, and when the chips are down, whatever you do, don't give up!
Reminiscent of Cicely M Barker's Flower Fairies, this may all be a bit too saccharine-sweet for the older more cyn
Victoria Moore
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Upon reading an excerpt of Louisa May Alcott's children's classic "Flower Fables", through Dover Publications, the only thing I knew about fairies was they're supernatural creatures of stunning beauty and magical properties. But after reading the book I felt I'd become even more acquainted and intrigued by their ability to inspire, teach and amuse, when used in a literary art form that included short stories, poems and illustrations embroidered with moralistic lessons about behavior and relatio ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
The first few stories I liked very much and would have absolutely adored when I was a kid. I think any tender-hearted or imaginative kid who loves fairies would enjoy these stories. I appreciate seeing a different, gentle and whimsical side to Louisa May Alcott who originally told these stories to her friends as a teen.

The stories did get repetitive and they were all pretty predictable and also moralistic. I think that would limit the age range of kids who would enjoy them to under ten years of
Mar 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, juvenile
This is exactly what I image Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy sat around evenings reading aloud to each other. So fun! It was very old-fashioned, and therefore heavy on the life lessons, but the stories were imaginative. Any fan of modern fairy stories should definitely read this to harken back to the origins. The illustrations were detailed and charming!
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was Louisa May Alcott’s first published book at 22 years of age. It is a collection of sweet, whimsical fairy tales. I purchased my book at her home in Concord, Massachusetts. The proceeds from this book go toward the preservation of her childhood home. Check out for more information.
Victoria B.
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Vividly descriptive. That is what stands out most in this collection of children's fables...everything Alcott describes jumps off the page and brings her fairy world to life. Each fable illustrates the importance of kindness, generosity, compassion, purity, etc.

It is a bit wordy, but so were the times.
Leila Kern
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Louisa May Alcott fan and I just finished rereading this book. Lessons to be learned for humans. Made me fall in love all over again with Louise May Alcott. I do not often keep books due to space but this book is definitely a keeper to be read again at some point!
Lisa Hillmer
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
One of Alcott's first published works, this reads as an homage to nature's bounty of flowers, insects and the hope that fairies exist. It was supposedly written for Ralph Waldo Emerson's daughter, Ellen. I enjoyed the lovely drawings/paintings in the ebook. ...more
How could I help but love this collection of short stories? I loved Louisa May Alcott as a child and a friend of my mother's, Anna Record O'Sullivan, wrote poetry about fairies and spring/summer beauties. This really took me back to my childhood feelings about summer. ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet stories that would be great for all youth to read! So many touching stories that each teach a simple, but important lesson!
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A fun, mostly light read. Much as Susan's review explains, only I think it was Project Gutenberg from which I downloaded myself a copy. ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely adored this book when I was young. I think it's time for a re-read. ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read, classics, 2018
A nice book of stories about fairies, as told by fairies. Really sweet, but also fun.
Kim Ringle
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will enjoy reading this to a future granddaughter, Lord willing!
Annie Cameron
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the illustrations in this book!
Jana Tenbrook (Reviews from the Stacks)
RTC (probably a mini review, depending on time)
Not the best fairy tales ever, but it was worth reading this short collection simply because it's written by Louisa May Alcott. ...more
Justin Rose
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Alcott creates some interesting images, but the stories are dull for the most part.
Feb 25, 2020 added it
a fairy tale that was a nice break from the big book I read
Kelly Hohenstern
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Stories of fairies teaching virtues to the reader. One learns to importance of honesty, loyalty, and forgiveness among each person.
Joni Markowski
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Sweet memories of these stories from my childhood. As I read these whimsical tales to my grandchildren, I hope they will have splendid memories of these as well.
Babs M
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Magical, exactly what every little girl dreams of.
Deann Doolittle
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Different. Some stories I liked, some I didn't. ...more
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I might be an ice queen but I found this book of fairies and elves dreary. The stories have repetitive content and I found them boring.
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t

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