The Happy Prince and Other Tales

The Happy Prince and Other Tales

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by Oscar Wilde
     
 

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Oscar Wilde's collection of fairy stories are among the greatest and most poignant classics for children and adults alike. Humour, pathos, delightful little characters abound in the stories of The Happy Prince and the Swallow who agrees to keep him company despite approaching winter; the Selfish Giant, who doesn't want children playing in his garden, and the… See more details below

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Oscar Wilde's collection of fairy stories are among the greatest and most poignant classics for children and adults alike. Humour, pathos, delightful little characters abound in the stories of The Happy Prince and the Swallow who agrees to keep him company despite approaching winter; the Selfish Giant, who doesn't want children playing in his garden, and the Remarkable Rocket. In addition, there are those who are not so familiar - The Star Child, The Young King and The Devoted Friend.

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
Carolyn Phelan
Ray presents an abridgment of Wilde's classic fairy tale in picture-book format, leaving the main story intact but eliminating recurring phrases and ideas, omitting the more literary and ironic elements, and changing the phrasing. Illuminated with shiny gold highlights, the striking, full-color artwork contrasts the extremes of wealth and poverty the prince sees about him in the city. Although the abridgment lessens the literary strength and emotional resonance of Wilde's original fairy tale, libraries may want to include this attractive version for younger children.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781105514395
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
02/02/2012
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
0 MB

Meet the Author

Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin in 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford where, a disciple of Pater, he founded an aesthetic cult. In 1884 he married Constance Lloyd, and his two sons were born in 1885 and 1886.
His novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891), and social comedies Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895), and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), established his reputation. In 1895, following his libel action against the Marquess of Queesberry, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment for homosexual conduct, as a result of which he wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898), and his confessional letter De Profundis (1905). On his release from prison in 1897 he lived in obscurity in Europe, and died in Paris in 1900.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 16, 1854
Date of Death:
November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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