Popular fairy tales
Popular fairy tales
A 1889 collection of fairy tales, and the first of twelve in the series of colourful books. It makes for interesting reading whether you're interested in fairy tales or how storytellers reproduce and promote cultural beliefs through children's stories. So, I probably wouldn't read many of the stories directly to children because of the very racist messages some of them carry, nevermind the other dated language and how many children these days can't imagine why anyone would own an Encyclopedia or a time before cellular phones. Seeing as it can be equally disturbing to adults, consider yourself warned. Remember. this was the first time many of these stories were translated into English, and that even though the stories were collected from all over the world and intended for children, they reflect the worldview of a man living in England more than 120 years ago.
Speaking of which, I found the University of Virginia's Electronic Text Centre also holds the Red, Yellow, and Violet Fairy Books. The prefaces to the Yellow and Violet Books are especially interesting in how Lang describes his sources. For example, in defending his choice to use some existing European adaptations of stories rather than newly translated versions from abroad, Lang has this to say, "...in the Yellow Fairy Book, and the rest, are many tales by persons who are neither savages nor rustics, such as Madame D'Aulnoy and Herr Hans Christian Andersen. The Folk Lore Society, or its president, say that their tales are not so true as the rest, and should not be published with the rest. But we say that all the stories which are pleasant to read are quite true enough for us; so here they are, with pictures by Mr. Ford, and we do not think that either the pictures or the stories are likely to mislead children."
Great collection of classic stories.
classic childrens stories, nice