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The Yellow Fairy Book   By: (1860-1941)

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THE

YELLOW FAIRY BOOK

WORKS BY ANDREW LANG.

COCK LANE AND COMMON SENSE: a Series of Papers. Crown 8vo. 6 s. 6 d. net .

BAN and ARRIÈRE BAN: a Rally of Fugitive Rhymes. Crown 8vo. 5 s. net .

ST. ANDREWS. With 8 Plates and 24 Illustrations in the Text by T. Hodge. 8vo. 15 s. net .

HOMER AND THE EPIC. Crown 8vo. 9 s. net .

CUSTOM AND MYTH: Studies of Early Usage and Belief. With 15 Illustrations. Crown 8vo. 3 s. 6 d.

BALLADS OF BOOKS. Edited by ANDREW LANG. Fcp. 8vo. 6 s.

LETTERS TO DEAD AUTHORS. Fcp. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. net .

BOOKS AND BOOKMEN. With 2 Coloured Plates and 17 Illustrations. Fcp. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. net .

OLD FRIENDS. Fcp. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. net .

LETTERS ON LITERATURE. Fcp. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. net .

GRASS OF PARNASSUS. Fcp. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d. net .

ANGLING SKETCHES. With 20 Illustrations by W. G. Burn Murdoch. Crown 8vo. 7 s. 6 d.

THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK. Edited by ANDREW LANG. With 8 Plates and 130 Illustrations in the Text by H. J. Ford and G. P. Jacomb Hood. Crown 8vo. 6 s.

THE RED FAIRY BOOK. Edited by ANDREW LANG. With 4 Plates and 96 Illustrations in the Text by H. J. Ford and Lancelot Speed. Crown 8vo. 6 s.

THE GREEN FAIRY BOOK. Edited by ANDREW LANG. With 11 Plates and 88 Illustrations in the Text by H. J. Ford. Crown 8vo. 6 s.

THE BLUE POETRY BOOK. Edited by ANDREW LANG. With 12 Plates and 88 Illustrations in the Text by H. J. Ford and Lancelot Speed. Crown 8vo. 6 s.

SCHOOL EDITION, without Illustrations. Fcp. 8vo. 2 s. 6 d.

SPECIAL EDITION, printed on Indian paper. With Notes, but without Illustrations. Crown 8vo. 7 s. 6 d.

THE TRUE STORY BOOK. Edited by ANDREW LANG. With 8 Plates and 58 Illustrations in the Text by H. J. Ford, Lucien Davis, Lancelot Speed, and L. Bogle. Crown 8vo. 6 s.

London: LONGMANS, GREEN, & CO. New York: 15 East 16th Street.

[Illustration: The Swineherd Takes the Ten Kisses]

THE

Yellow Fairy Book

EDITED BY

ANDREW LANG

[Illustration]

WITH NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS BY H. J. FORD

LONDON LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. AND NEW YORK: 15 EAST 16th STREET 1894

All rights reserved

Dedication

TO

JOAN, TODDLES, AND TINY

Books Yellow, Red, and Green and Blue, All true, or just as good as true, And here's the Yellow Book for you !

Hard is the path from A to Z, And puzzling to a curly head, Yet leads to Books Green, Blue, and Red

For every child should understand That letters from the first were planned To guide us into Fairy Land

So labour at your Alphabet, For by that learning shall you get To lands where Fairies may be met.

And going where this pathway goes, You too, at last, may find, who knows? The Garden of the Singing Rose.

PREFACE

The Editor thinks that children will readily forgive him for publishing another Fairy Book. We have had the Blue, the Red, the Green, and here is the Yellow. If children are pleased, and they are so kind as to say that they are pleased, the Editor does not care very much for what other people may say. Now, there is one gentleman who seems to think that it is not quite right to print so many fairy tales, with pictures, and to publish them in red and blue covers. He is named Mr. G. Laurence Gomme, and he is president of a learned body called the Folk Lore Society. Once a year he makes his address to his subjects, of whom the Editor is one, and Mr. Joseph Jacobs (who has published many delightful fairy tales with pretty pictures)[1] is another. Fancy, then, the dismay of Mr. Jacobs, and of the Editor, when they heard their president say that he did not think it very nice in them to publish fairy books, above all, red, green, and blue fairy books! They said that they did not see any harm in it, and they were ready to 'put themselves on their country,' and be tried by a jury of children... Continue reading book >>




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