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Happy Prince and Other Tales (version 3)

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A collection of five stories by Oscar Wilde, all incorporating his inimitable style and wit. Sometimes sweet and uplifting, sometimes caustic and pointed, they all are well worth listening to. The Happy Prince is a beautiful tale about a statue of a prince, but one who can now see his city and kingdom and the sadness of his people. With the help of a little swallow he does what he can to help others. The Nightingale and the Rose is a tale of self sacrifice, selfishness and misunderstanding. The Selfish Giant learns a valuable lesson about the laughter of children, The Devoted Friend is a caustic tale about false friendship, and The Remarkable Rocket explores the self delusion of people (and rockets) who think the world revolves around them.

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The Happy Prince The Nightingale and the Rose The Selfish Giant The Devoted Friend The Remarkable Rocket


High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword hilt.

He was very much admired indeed. "He is as beautiful as a weathercock," remarked one of the Town Councillors who wished to gain a reputation for having artistic tastes; "only not quite so useful," he added, fearing lest people should think him unpractical, which he really was not.

"Why can't you be like the Happy Prince?" asked a sensible mother of her little boy who was crying for the moon. "The Happy Prince never dreams of crying for anything."

"I am glad there is some one in the world who is quite happy," muttered a disappointed man as he gazed at the wonderful statue.

"He looks just like an angel," said the Charity Children as they came out of the cathedral in their bright scarlet cloaks and their clean white pinafores... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - November 11, 2014
Subject: Happy Prince
I love this book. Oscar Wilde is fantastic.
Reviewer: - January 21, 2014
Subject: Children books
This book is really brilliant. I love Wilde so much, I reading his book when I was 4. Now, 13 years past,,,I can speak and read a little English now. But ,,,我还是说中文吧, 王尔德本身就没写多少文章, 所以他的每一篇文章我都读过,真的很棒 透着一种英国式的悲伤。有声书的那个志愿者的声音很soft,我想他一定很温柔。他的声音很配得上这篇文章。

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