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The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales   By: (1809-1873)

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In Alfred Gatty's collection of tales, The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales, readers are treated to a delightful collection of whimsical stories that transport them to a world of enchantment and magic. Through these captivating narratives, Gatty weaves together various folklore elements, fantastical creatures, and moral lessons, providing a truly memorable reading experience for audiences of all ages.

The book is divided into multiple distinct tales, each one offering a unique glimpse into Gatty's imaginative storytelling prowess. From the enthralling adventures of a courageous heroine aided by a wise fairy godmother to the mischievous escapades of enchanting creatures, the author's masterful command of words brings these characters and their worlds to life with remarkable clarity.

One of the highlights of this collection is Gatty's ability to infuse each tale with a valuable moral lesson. Whether it's the importance of kindness, perseverance, or the consequences of one's actions, the author subtly imparts these teachings without ever compromising the entertainment value of the stories. Through witty dialogue and memorable characters, Gatty effortlessly conveys deeper meanings that resonate long after the final page is turned.

The prose in The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales is elegant and refined, creating a lyrical reading experience that captivates from start to finish. Gatty's vivid descriptions paint such vivid pictures that readers can easily lose themselves in the whimsical landscapes and enchanting worlds he has created. Whether describing a mystical forest or a bustling magical city, the author's carefully chosen words evoke a sense of wonder and awe that leaves a lasting impression.

Moreover, Gatty's characterization is another standout feature of this collection. Each protagonist is beautifully developed, possessing distinct personalities that make them relatable and endearing. From the vulnerable yet resolute young heroes to the enigmatic fairy godmothers themselves, readers will find themselves rooting for these characters and readily investing in their trials and triumphs.

However, despite these strengths, some readers may find that the pacing of certain tales within the collection is inconsistent. While some stories grip from the very beginning and maintain a thrilling momentum, others take longer to build and may require a larger investment of patience from readers. Nonetheless, those willing to immerse themselves fully in Gatty's enchanting world are sure to be rewarded with a delightful literary experience.

Overall, The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales is a remarkable compilation of captivating stories that showcases Alfred Gatty's talent for creating fantastical narratives that both entertain and enlighten. Through its charming characters, moral insights, and lyrical prose, this collection is sure to spark the imagination of readers, young and old alike, transporting them on a magical journey that will leave them yearning for more.

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Col miele, e non coll' aceto si piglian le mosche.

Italian Proverb .

To My Children

These tales are most affectionately dedicated. They were written in hours of sickness, but are intended to be read by the healthy and joyous young: and to illustrate some favourite and long cherished convictions.

Margaret Gatty.

Ecclesfield Vicarage, 27th March, 1851.


The Fairy Godmothers

Joachim the Mimic

Darkness and Light

The Love of God

The design for the Frontispiece which adorns this volume is by the pencil of the writer's kind and highly gifted friend, Miss Lucette E. Barker.


In one of the beautiful bays on the coast of Fairy Land, a party of Fairies was assembled on a lovely evening in July. There are many beautiful bays on the coast of England, and there is one especially, my dear little readers, which you and I know of, where a long line of grand old rocks stretches far into the sea on the left hand extremity, while in the distance to the right a warning lighthouse with its changing lights gives an almost solemn beauty to the scene; for one cannot help thinking, at the sight of it, of the poor storm driven mariner, whom even that friendly light may fail to save from a sad and sudden death... Continue reading book >>

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