Andrew Lang's Yellow Fairy Book
Andrew Lang's YELLOW FAIRY BOOK
This book was especially republished to raise funds for these charities & many more...
33% of the publishers profit from the sale of this book will be donated to charities.
A GREAT READ FOR KIDS wanting to discover the world of magic and fairies on their own.
This volume contains 37 old and forgotten folk and fairy tales including stories like stories Lovely Ilonka, Lucky Luck, The Hairy Man, To Your Good Health! and The Story of the Seven Simons. This book also contains Russian, German, French, Icelandic, Red (American) Indian, and other tales from around the world. The Editor cannot say 'good-bye' without advising children, as they pursue their studies, to read The Rose and the Ring, by the late Mr. Thackeray. He believes this book is quite indispensable in every child's library, and parents should be urged to purchase it at the first opportunity, as without it no education is complete, not to mention the benefit an ill child at the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital will derive from it, both literally and financially.
In buying this book you will be donating to this great charity that does so much good for ill children and which also enables families to stay together in times of crisis. And what better way to help children than to buy a book of fairy tales. Some have not been seen in print or heard for over a century. 33% of the Publishers profit from the sale of this book will be donated to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens Charity.
There was a time when the president of the Folk Lore Society believed it was not acceptable for the editors of the day, Mr Andrew Lang and Mr. Joseph Jacobs, to publish fairy books. Their reply was that they did not see any harm in it, and they were ready to 'put themselves on their country,' and be tried by a jury of children.
As to whether there are really any fairies or not, that is a difficult question. The Editor never saw any himself, but he knew several people who have seen them-in the Highlands-and heard their music. If ever you are in Nether Lochaber, go to the Fairy Hill, and you may hear the music your-self, as grown-up people have done, but you must go on a fine day.
Again, if there are really no fairies, why do people believe in them, all over the world? The ancient Greeks, the old Egyptians, the Hindus, Africans and even the Native Americans, and is it likely, if there are no fairies, that so many different peoples would have seen and heard them?
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Excerpt from Andrew Lang's YELLOW FAIRY BOOK
HOW TO TELL A TRUE PRINCESS or THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA
ONCE UPON A TIME there was once upon a time a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess, but she must be a true Princess. So he travelled through the whole world to find one, but there was always something against each. There were plenty of Princesses, but he could not find out if they were true Princesses. In every case there was some little defect, which showed the genuine article was not yet found. So he came home again in very low spirits, for he had wanted very much to have a true Princess. One night there was a dreadful storm; it thundered and lightened and the rain streamed down in torrents. It was fearful! There was a knocking heard at the Palace gate, and the old King went to open it.
There stood a Princess outside the gate; but oh, in what a sad plight she was from the rain and the storm! The water was running down from her hair and her dress into the points of her shoes and out at the heels again. And yet she said she was a true Princess!
'Well, we shall soon find that!' thought the old Queen.
But she said nothing, and went into the sleeping-room, took off all the bed-clothes, and laid a pea on the bottom of the bed. Then she put twenty mattresses on top of the pea, and twenty eider-down quilts on the top of the mattresses. And this was the bed in which the Princess was to sleep.
The next morning she was asked how she had slept.
'Oh, very badly!' said the Princess. 'I scarcely closed my eyes all night! I am sure I don't know what was in the bed. I laid on something so hard that my whole body is black and blue. It is dreadful!'
Now they perceived that she was a true Princess, because she had felt the pea through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down quilts.
No one but a true Princess could be so sensitive.
So the Prince married her, for now he knew that at last he had got hold of a true Princess. And the pea was put into the Royal Museum, where it is still to be seen if no one has stolen it. Now this is a true story.
Table of Contents for Andrew Lang's YELLOW FAIRY BOOK
|THE CAT AND THE MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP|
|THE SIX SWANS|
|THE DRAGON OF THE NORTH|
|STORY OF THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES|
|THE GOLDEN CRAB|
|THE IRON STOVE|
|THE DRAGON AND HIS GRANDMOTHER|
|THE DONKEY CABBAGE|
|THE LITTLE GREEN FROG|
|THE SEVEN-HEADED SERPENT|
|THE GRATEFUL BEASTS|
|THE GIANTS AND THE HERD-BOY|
|THE INVISIBLE PRINCE|
|HOW SIX MEN TRAVELLED THROUGH THE WIDE WORLD|
|THE WIZARD KING|
|THE GLASS MOUNTAIN|
|ALPHEGE OR THE GREEN MONKEY|
|THE THREE BROTHERS|
|THE BOY AND THE WOLVES OR THE BROKEN PROMISE|
|THE GLASS AXE|
|THE DEAD WIFE|
|IN THE LAND OF SOULS|
|THE WHITE DUCK|
|THE WITCH AND HER SERVANTS|
|THE MAGIC RING|
|THE FLOWER QUEEN'S DAUGHTER|
|THE FLYING SHIP|
|THE SNOW-DAUGHTER AND THE FIRE-SON|
|THE STORY OF KING FROST|
|THE DEATH OF THE SUN-HERO|
|THE HAZEL-NUT CHILD|
|THE STORY OF BIG KLAUS AND LITTLE KLAUS|
|HOW TO TELL A TRUE PRINCESS|
|THE BLUE MOUNTAINS|
|THE WITCH IN THE STONE BOAT|
|HERMOD AND HADVOR|
|THE STEADFAST TIN-SOLDIER|
|A STORY ABOUT A DARNING-NEEDLE|
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