American Fairy Tales

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Young cowboy lassoes Father Time; dummy in Mr. Floman's department store window comes to life; and 10 other fairy tales. 41 illus.
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Overview

Young cowboy lassoes Father Time; dummy in Mr. Floman's department store window comes to life; and 10 other fairy tales. 41 illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486236438
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1978
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 809,964
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 - May 6, 1919) was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts,and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.

Biography

Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Aunt Em -- where would our national psyche be without The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? L. Frank Baum, who created a story with an indelible, sometimes haunting impression on so many people, led a life that had a fairy-tale quality of its own.

Baum was born in 1856 to a family that had made a fortune in the oil business. Because he had a heart condition, his parents arranged for him to be tutored privately at the family’s Syracuse estate, “Roselawn.” As an adult, though, Baum flourished and failed at a dizzying variety of ventures, from writing plays to a stint with his family’s medicinal oil business (where he produced a potion called “Baum’s Castorine”), to managing a general store, to editing the Aberdeen Pioneer in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1897, following his mother-in-law’s advice, Baum wrote down the stories that he told his children. The firm of Way & Williams published the stories under the title Mother Goose in Prose, with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish, and Baum’s career as a writer was launched.

With the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, Baum gained instant success. The book, lavishly produced and featuring voluptuous illustrations by William Wallace Denslow, was the bestselling children’s book of the year. It also set a new standard for children’s literature. As a commentator for the September 8, 1900 New York Times described it, “The crudeness that was characteristic of the oldtime publications...would now be enough to cause the modern child to yell with rage and vigor...” The reviewer praised the book’s sheer entertainment value (its “bright and joyous atmosphere”) and likened it to The Story of the Three Bears for its enduring value. As the film industry emerged in the following years, few books were as manifestly destined for adaptation, and although it took almost four decades for a movie studio to translate Baum’s vision to film, the 1939 film did for the movies what Baum’s book had done for children’s literature: that is, raised the imaginative and technical bar higher than it had been before.

The loss of parents, the inevitable voyage toward independence, the yearning for home -- in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum touched upon a child’s primal experiences while providing a rousing story of adventure. As his health declined, Baum continued the series with 14 more Oz books (his publisher commissioned more by other authors after his death), but none had quite the effect on the reading public that the first one did. Baum died from complications of a stroke in 1919.

Good To Know

Baum founded the National Association of Window Trimmers and published a magazine for the window-trimming trade – he also raised exotic chickens.

Buam was married to Maud Gage, a daughter of the famous women’s rights advocate Matilda Joslyn Gage.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Floyd Akers, Laura Bancroft, George Brooks, Edith Van Dyne, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Louis F. Baum, Lyman Frank Baum (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 15, 1856
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chittenango, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      May 6, 1919
    2. Place of Death:
      Hollywood, California

Table of Contents

The Box of Robbers
The Glass Dog
The Queen of Quok
The Girl Who Owned a Bear
The Enchanted Types
The Laughing Hippopotamus
The Magic Bon Bons
The Capture of Father Time
The Wonderful Pump
The Dummy That Lived
The King of the Polar Bears
The Mandarin and the Butterfly
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    Posted April 22, 2014

    Tiresome

    Very old fashoned. Boring.

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    Posted October 5, 2013

    Happy day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Its hate ful

    I HATE IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    My comments

    Well if my cousin loves this book theres a reason y shouldnt i since she does its intetesting though. With great imagination and topic fanasty choice very great intelgent job you guys with the book i love and its very great how you guys how the bkids the fairy tales but you know when they grow up theyll know the total truth its not real

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Our children LOVE these stories and we enjoyed reading them.

    Our children LOVE these stories and we enjoyed reading them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Yaah

    When I had my old, poor quality kindle 3G, I had this charming book. I loved it. So glad I can get it on my awesome nook color!

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    Posted December 18, 2011

    Excellent. Truly Excellent.

    Two thumbs up for a truly excellent collection.

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