The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang : Book Review

Storyline Rating : 4.5/5 stars

Series : Book 1 in Coloured Fairy Books

Brief Summary from Goodreads :

Andrew Lang (1844-1912) was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology, best known for his collections of folk and fairy tales. The Blue Fairy Book contains some of the best known tales from several sources including the Brothers Grimm and The Arabian Nights “narrated in the clear, lively prose for which Lang was famous.”

The Bronze Ring
Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
The Yellow Dwarf
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
The Tale of a Youth Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was
Beauty and the Beast
The Master-Maid
Why the Sea is Salt
The Master Cat; or, Puss in Boots
Felicia and the Pot of Pinks
The White Cat
The Water-Lily. The Gold-Spinners
The Terrible Head
The Story of Pretty Goldilocks
The History of Whittington
The Wonderful Sheep
The Forty Thieves
Snow-White and Rose-Red
Toads and Diamonds
Prince Darling
Blue Beard
The Princess on the Glass Hill
The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou
The History of Jack the Giant-Killer
The Black Bull of Norway
The Red Etin
Hansel and Grettel

My Point of View :

Fairy tales have always been my favorite kind of story – anything from Cinderella to Rapunzel. There’s a 12 books to this series, they’re all anthologies of fairy tales/folk lore from all over the world compiled by Andrew Lang. This blue book features 29 short stories.

Be aware that the tales here are not the Disney version of fairy tales, it’s the gruesome and somewhat true version of the tales. I’m happy to say a few of my favorite tales are featured in this blue book – Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella..etc. I even got to read Toads and Diamonds – a tale I’ve read years ago but cannot remember the complete story.

It’s awesome to have a blast from the past, even though I realize some of the fairy tales I grew up with is a little bit inappropriate for young kids. After all, you wouldn’t want your kids to “behead” anyone just as they like (the gruesome part of certain tales) or fall in love with someone just because they are pretty/handsome (so shallow-minded). You would want to read this series if you love fairy tales as much as I do.

Favorite Quote :

My favorite quote from this book is what caught my attention to the book, as it is emblazoned at the back cover of the book –

“Be as true-hearted as you are beautiful, and we shall have nothing left to wish for.” – Beauty and the Beast



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