April 25, 2013

The Golden Book of Fairy Tales

Is this beauty or what? Funny thing about 'The Golden Book of Fairy Tales'. I had come across it online years ago, when my kiddo was a baby, and I thought 'someday, my sweet, you will be mine'. For some reason I didn't immediately go ahead and buy it, which is strange, since I collect fairy tale books. I was much more focused on trying to get my baby to sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time, go figure.

And then I plumb forgot all about it. Until I came across it again in a used book store, and they had a copy in perfect condition. I had never actually seen it in person. I began gasping, which is what I do when I see a truly special and amazing book. I'm a gasper. Ask my family, they'll confirm. Wouldn't you gasp at this as well? Another cool thing ~ many of the 'Golden Books' are out of print and only available used. This one you can get BRAND NEW.

Look:

(this one is from 'Cinderella')

A few things. 

If you like fairy tales at all, this is one you have to have. I'm not going to shout "Must own!" about every book, there are many delightful books out there that you can borrow from the library or a friend. But certain books just deserve to be part of a permanent collection.

I seriously had a mini panic attack in the store when I saw it. I realized that my kiddo was now at the perfectly right age, and I had almost forgotten about this magical book. What would have happened if I had forgotten it altogether? And she got too old for it? What then?

I would have kicked myself forever, and I'm not joking. Happily, the book knew I needed it to be in my life. I do believe that. I believe certain books come into your life in a magical kind of way, when you need them to.

 (the collection contains 'Urashima and the Turtle', one of my favorite Japanese fairy tales!)

Actually, one of the nice things about this book is the longevity potential. The reason I passed on it when my daughter was little was because I knew it was full of text-heavy, full-length fairy tales that are really best suited for ages 6-10. Also, these tales aren't watered down, candy-coated tales...they are real fairy tales that have some darker elements that one also finds in classic Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson stories.

(In one story, a girl gets her feet, um, removed, by a giant and then an enchanted cat reattaches the feet with magical healing herbs. And then the enchanted cat turns out to really be a princess and when she's returned to human form, she and the girl become BFF's. You know, that sort of thing.)

The other thing I love about this collection, is that it's not the same old fairy tales that one typically sees over and over again in fairy tale collections. It has some really unusual and different stories, ones I've never heard of, and I pride myself on having heard or read about most ALL of them.

Some of the stories include titles like 'Cowlick Ricky', 'The Royal Ram', 'Finn the Keen Falcon', 'Queen Cat' and 'Silvershod', as well as old favorites such as 'Beauty and the Beast', 'The Frog Princess' and 'Puss in Boots', to name a few.

Oh this book! I just hyperventilate at the thought of it. Another one I raved about similarly was the 'Golden Book of Fairies and Elves'. I think I might like the stories in the fairy tale book even better.

Looking for more fairy tale action? The little missy and I also greatly enjoyed this one.

18 comments:

  1. Oh, oh, oh.... Stephanie runs, skips and jumps around the living room, hyperventilating, and gasps: 'I want that book NOW!'

    It is absolutely stunning and I collect fairytale books too.

    Happy day of dreaming and reading dear Melissa.

    Stephanie

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    1. See? This book induces hyperventilating and gasping! I love collecting fairy tale books.

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  2. Hello, helloooo!

    I don't know if my first comment got gobbled up or not but I'm just popping in again to say: Yay! I've just bought this book online! Yay!!!!!

    Thank you, thank you.

    And breathe,

    Stephanie

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    1. You will just flip when you see it in person, Miss Stephanie! No, your comment is fine and well...I have my comments moderation featured enabled so it takes a few minutes for me to check the comments and publish them :)

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  3. Oooooh....these illustrations are AMAZING!!! I've never seen this book but I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for it :D

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    1. keep an eye out, I found mine in pristine condition at a local used bookshop!

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  4. What a lovely book! I love the illustrations, and the stories sound awesome! xoxo

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    1. isn't it lovely? I was lugging it around the store, hugging it like it was a baby...:)

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  5. Omigosh, I have this book! But, um, I forgot I have this book! Which is dumb, I know, but surprise!, I was waiting for the girls to grow into it. HAHA! It is gorgeous. I love how you photographed it.

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    1. ha ha I've done that too, forgotten about books that i've been saving for just the right age, and then I realize that the right age is happening or has already happened and then i start scrambling, aah we have to read this book right now...

      and thanks! this was a fun one to photo :)

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  6. You are so lucky to come across such a beautiful book!!! *Is green*

    The drawings are so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I was seriously thrilled to have found it. I think I paid $7 for it!

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  7. oh my. the golden books are my very favorite. This one looks perfect!

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  8. Hello! I'm just wondering but does this book include Alice in wonderland?

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    1. Hi Kelly! No, it does NOT include Alice in Wonderland. Just shorter fairy tales!

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