Saturday, August 2, 2008

Read This! - Classic Fairy Tales

The Blue Fairy Book

The Blue Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang and published in 1921, contains definitive versions of classic fairy tales such as Rumplestiltzkin, Cinderella, Aladdin, Hansel and Grettel, and many others. Most of the content is familiar, but some is very different, which makes for interesting reading: The King's son, who saw five or six pearls and as many diamonds come out of her mouth, desired her to tell him how that happened. She thereupon told him the whole story; and so the King's son fell in love with her, and, considering himself that such a gift was worth more than any marriage portion, conducted her to the palace of the King his father, and there married her. As for the sister, she made herself so much hated that her own mother turned her off; and the miserable wretch, having wandered about a good while without finding anybody to take her in, went to a corner of the wood, and there died.

Sparsely illustrated, this is the book for bedtime stories -- you'll delight in the telling as much as the hearing. So go, read these fairy tales again.

Whidbey Island is a fairy tale place.

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