Tall Book of Fairies


Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Thumbelina, and Pinocchio are just a few of the classic fairy tales included in The Tall Book of Fairies. Ten timeless stories, illustrated with Aleksey and Olga Ivanov's richly detailed artwork, make this a wonderful book for sharing.

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Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Thumbelina, and Pinocchio are just a few of the classic fairy tales included in The Tall Book of Fairies. Ten timeless stories, illustrated with Aleksey and Olga Ivanov's richly detailed artwork, make this a wonderful book for sharing.

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Children's Literature - L. A. Gallaway
This is an anthology of abbreviated fairy tales including "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp," "Peter Pan," "Pinocchio," "The Frog Prince," "Thumbelina" and more. In all, there are ten fairytales, each about five to eight pages long. The stories, both classic and entertaining, provide an introduction to fairytales for the young reader. The abbreviated stories are simple and straight forward, making them the perfect length for short read alouds. At times the narrative voice in these translations uses advanced vocabulary that may require explanation, but it is always quick, charming, and sure to keep both the reader and child entertained. The stories are beautifully illustrated in whimsical, detailed artwork by Aleskey and Olga Ivanov. Reviewer: L. A. Gallaway
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060850517
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Tall Books Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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The Tall Book of Fairies

Chapter One

Toads and Diamonds

Once upon a time, a widow lived with two girls. The eldest girl was the widow's true daughter, and the youngest was her stepdaughter. The widow and her daughter were as alike as two eggs in the same nest. They were both lazy and cruel.

The youngest girl, who was kind and intelligent, was also one of the most beautiful girls ever seen. But the widow treated only her own daughter well, and they both took delight in making the days and nights miserable for the poor stepdaughter.

Among other things, she was forced twice a day to draw water from a faraway spring. Early one day, as she was fetching water from this fountain, an old woman in rags approached her and begged for a drink.

"Of course, ma'am," said the girl. She took up some water from the clearest place in the fountain and gave it to the old woman, holding up the pitcher so that she might drink more easily.

The old woman drank her fill and said to the girl, "My dear, you are so very good that I cannot help giving you a gift." For this was a fairy who had disguised herself to test how well people treated those less fortunate or able. "For your gift," continued the fairy, "at every word you speak, there shall come out of your mouth either a lovely flower or a precious jewel."

The young girl thanked the fairy sweetly and hurried home with her heavy pitcher of water. When she came home, the widow scolded her for staying so long at the fountain.

"I beg your pardon for not coming back sooner," said the poor girl humbly. And there rolled out of her mouth two roses, two pearls, and twodiamonds!

"What is it I see there?" said the widow, quite astonished. "How did this happen?"

As the girl told her entire tale, dozens of diamonds and roses spilled onto the rough wooden floor. The widow's eyes gleamed with greed as she heard the story, and she called the eldest girl to come.

"I must send you to the spring right away!" the widow said. "Look what happens when your stepsister speaks. You should have the same gift, too, or better! All you have to do is fetch water from the spring, and when a certain poor woman asks you to let her drink, give it to her very nicely."

But the lazy daughter tossed her hair and replied, "I'd rather not. The spring is too far." But the widow insisted until the girl gave in. Away she went, grumbling all the way, taking with her the best silver pitcher in the house.

She was no sooner at the fountain than she saw coming out of the wood a lady most gloriously dressed, who came up to her and asked to drink. This was the very fairy who had appeared to the younger girl, but now had taken on the air and dress of a princess to see how she would be treated.

The lazy daughter laughed mockingly at the fairy's request. "Have I come all this way just to serve you water?" She sneered. "You'll have to stay thirsty, for I'm waiting for a fairy disguised as an old woman."

"You are not kind or good," answered the fairy calmly. "Since you have so few manners, for a gift I grant you that at every word you speak there shall come out of your mouth a snake or a toad." And with that, the fairy vanished in a puff of smoke.

Soon, the widow spied her daughter approaching the house. She hurried out to meet her and asked, "Well, Daughter?"

"Well, Mother?" the eldest girl rudely answered, as a viper and a toad jumped from her mouth.

"Oh!" cried the mother. "What is it I see? It's your wretched stepsister who has caused this trouble, and she shall pay for it!" Immediately, the widow ran to beat the innocent girl. The poor child fled away and hid herself in the forest, crying bitterly.

The king's son, returning from a hunting trip, passed by on his horse and saw the pretty young girl. He asked her what she was doing in the forest and why she cried.

"Alas!" the girl replied. "My stepmother has turned me out of the house." And as she spoke, five pearls and as many diamonds came out of her mouth. Enchanted, the prince begged her to continue her story.

She told him the whole tale, and soon he fell in love with her goodness and beauty. He asked the young girl to be his wife, to which she happily agreed. Together they went back to his castle, where they married and lived happily ever after.

Aladdin and the Magic Lamp

Once upon a time, there lived a poor young man. One day, a grandly dressed stranger asked him if his name was Aladdin. "It is, sir," he replied.

The stranger exclaimed, "I am your uncle and have returned from traveling through faraway lands. You are my nephew and my only heir. Come with me." The stranger, who was not really Aladdin's uncle but an evil magician, led Aladdin far outside the city gates until they came to two mountains divided by a narrow valley. The magician lit a fire and threw powder on the flames while saying magical words. The earth trembled a little and opened in front of them, revealing steps leading into darkness.

The magician turned to the frightened Aladdin and said, "In there lies a treasure that is to be yours, but you must do exactly as I tell you. At the foot of the steps you will find a door. Walk on until you come to a lighted lamp. Bring it to me."

Aladdin forgot his fear and descended into the cavern. He quickly fetched the lamp. The magician, waiting outside, insisted that the lamp be handed up to him, but Aladdin would not give up the lamp until he was out of the cave.

The Tall Book of Fairies. Copyright © by Anne Public Domain. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. <%END%>
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