The Happy Prince and Other Tales

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A golden statue comes to life and, with the help of a reluctant swallow, gives away everything he has. A fierce giant forbids children to play in his garden—then realizes that only through sharing will spring ever come again. In these rich fables by Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest, characters learn that kindness and giving are the greatest powers of all.

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Overview

A golden statue comes to life and, with the help of a reluctant swallow, gives away everything he has. A fierce giant forbids children to play in his garden—then realizes that only through sharing will spring ever come again. In these rich fables by Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest, characters learn that kindness and giving are the greatest powers of all.

A beautiful, golden, jewel-studded statue and a little swallow give all they have to help the poor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ray's Magical Tales from Many Lands; The Story of Christmas folksy, gilt-laden artwork graces this somewhat formal abridgment of Wilde's tale about an enchanted statue. The Happy Prince, who had lived a happy life and died a happy man, is now immortalized high above the city as a golden and bejeweled statue. For the first time the royal sees the suffering, poverty and misery of the common people. Sharing his sympathetic view with a sparrow, the prince persuades the bird to postpone its migration and instead to deliver his gold leafing, his sapphire eyes and ruby belt to those who need them. Soon the sparrow dies of cold and the prince, now shabby, is removed from its pedestal and melted down. Though young readers may appreciate the lessons of selflessness and sacrifice here, the telling may seem to them stilted and even occasionally disjointed. Ray's characteristically rich palette and her delicate borders and backgrounds provide the visual magic that keeps this sentimental tale afloat. Ages 7-up. Jan.
Children's Literature - Pat Simon
Jane Ray's beautiful illustrations bring to life the story of a statue known as the Happy Prince. He is a most elegant figure, bathed in fine gold from head to toe, seeing through sapphire eyes and carrying a ruby on his sword. His wealth brings him little comfort because he is, after all, only a statute and cannot help the people of the city who are so unhappy. But the Happy Prince meets the gentle, caring Swallow and together they make a difference in the lives of others less fortunate. With brilliant colors in the folk art tradition, Ray retells a story of friendship and compassion suitable for readers and listeners of all ages.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Ray has done a masterful job of retelling and illustrating one of Wilde's more accessible fairy tales. Using most of the author's words and all of his intent, she has omitted the more flowery and verbose prose and subplots. The result is a tightened tale that expresses compassion in a simple, heartfelt story of a statue and a little bird. Alternating full-and double-page illustrations with panels, Ray has put enormous detail into her paintings, and each one is burnished with a kind of verdigris gold. Readers will especially appreciate the pictures that depict the wonders of Egypt. Not piteous or sentimental, The Happy Prince is a balanced tale; in fact, Leo Lionni's modern classic, Tico and the Golden Wings Knopf, 1975, seems to revisit its universal themes.-Harriett Fargnoli, Great Neck Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981903231
  • Publisher: PlainTales, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: PlainTales Classics
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Oscar Wilde
Anton Lesser is one of Britain's leading classical actors. He has played many of the principal Shakespearian roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Petruchio, Romeo and Richard III. He also starred in the acclaimed Royal National Theatre production of Wild Oats. Appearances in major TV drama productions include The Cherry Orchard, Troilus and Cressida, The Mill on the Floss and The Politician's Wife. "I don't do 'voices'. I look for the characters..."
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    1. Also Known As:
      Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 16, 1854
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 30, 1900
    2. Place of Death:
      Paris, France

Table of Contents

1. The Happy Prince
2. The Selfish Giant
3. The Remarkable Rocket
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2003

    Don't miss out on this book!

    I had this book as a child. My mother gave it away and I have been searching for it ever since but didn't know the title or author. Thanks to the internet, I finally found it and am thrilled to share this beautiful story of selfless giving form the heart with my children.

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