August 28, 2011

Gnomes, ogres, trolls, mermaids and giants roam these books. Andrew Lang collected the tales and brought them out over the years in his color specific Fairy Books. The one in the middle up there, The Yellow Fairy Book, is a new version of the one I read and reread as a child. The copy I regarded as a treasure belonged to my mother. It was tattered and falling apart. The yellow of its cover had faded to a brownish gold. I lost myself there in the world of ‘The Dragon and His Grandmother’, ‘The Golden Crab’, ‘The Invisible Prince’, ‘The Wizard King’, ‘The Witch and Her Servants, ‘The Glass Mountain’, ‘The Nightingale’, ‘Thumbelina’, and more. I can lose myself there still.

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