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4/28/21

Reading the World: The Blue Fairly Book

 Author: Andrew Lang

About the book: A collection of fairy tales from around the world.

Review:  Right from the first story, these stories are told in a fairytale-like fashion. Yes, that is the most stated obvious there is. Hear me out. There is a certain characteristic that makes a story a fairytale.

First of all, these stories are written in an oral narrative. They are met to be read out loud and because of that, there are gaps in the narrative. Such as their little depiction as possible. The stories are told in a straightforward leaving big chunks of detail out. So, this overlaps into the other gap. A gap in logic.

With fairytales there no need to explain the unexplainable. Animals turn into people, magic rings grains wishes, and kings are chop up and peace back together. These stories are pack with magic and that is the beauty of fairytales. If you can tell a story with kids looking up at you with wide-eye wonderment, then there no need for much logic.

Out of all the fairytale retellings I read, only one truly have captured a fairytale narrative and that A Tale Dark and Grim by Adam Gidwitz.

The stories in The Blue Fairy Book are a mix of known and lesser-known fairytales. The book is like my copy of Reader's Digest The World's Best Fairy Tales with I nick along with a copy of The Princess Bride from my mom's bookcase years ago. If my mom wants them back all she has to do is, ask for them.

Overall, this is your typical fairytale book. When it comes to writing a Reading, the World post I try to hold off on the most well-known fairytale collections. I have the leather-bound books for the Brother Grim, Hans Christian Andersen, and The Arabian Knights sitting on my bookshelf. No way am I going to write about them anytime soon.

I'm writing about The Blue Fairy Book because I heard that Andrew Lang's Colored Fairy Book series becomes more obscure in stories with each book having more and more obscure stories. I tend to walk on the offbeat path. As much as I want to start with the last book in the Colored Fairly series, I know how difficult people are when it comes to the unfamiliar and unknown. The best option is to ease people into the series.

So, I have my next eleven Reading the World post layout for you. Now and then you see a Fairly book pop up on this blog. As a matter of fact, there are a few other fairy tale-related posts that I might write about. The fact that fairytales are part of the oral tradition is only the tip of the iceberg. I can write about fairytale retellings.

Well...that all I have for this post. Has anyone read The Blue Fairly Book or has heard of Andrew Lang? Let me know in the comments.

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