PRESCHOOL: The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
PRESCHOOL: The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
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It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Underground lands where the sun shines, wolves disguised as rams, giants and dwarves, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres-these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day that they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of youngsters, as they have also brought pleasure to parents who have read these classics to their children. In the Lilac Fairy Book, a large number of the tales-including a variation on the beauty and the beast story called "Brown Bear of Norway"-are from Irish sources; the Welsh Mabinogion provided the Arthurian legend of "The Winning of Olwen"; and other tales are from the more exotic traditions of India, Portugal, Brittany, Scandinavia. All in all, this collection contains 33 stories, all narrated in clear, lively prose. Not only are Lang's collections generally considered to contain the best English versions of the standard stories; they are also the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as a first-rate editor makes his collections unmatchable in the English language.

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