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Q: Whimsy ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Whimsy
Category: Family and Home > Relationships
Asked by: tom3128-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 05 Jul 2004 22:54 PDT
Expires: 04 Aug 2004 22:54 PDT
Question ID: 370169
Where can I find the BLUE FAIRY?
Subject: Re: Whimsy
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 05 Jul 2004 23:26 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi tom3128,

Thank you for an interesting question.  I remember The Blue Fairy!  :)

The Blue Fairy Book

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The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, John Lawrence

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The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

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Online you can view the book at the University of Virginia Library, Text Center

Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912. Blue Fairy Book 
Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library


Blue Fairy Book
Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912

About the print version

Blue Fairy Book 
Andrew Lang Editor 
1921 printing

David McKay 
Golden Books

Note: The following printing errors in the original have been
corrected in the electronic text: p. 54: "he asured her" changed to
"he assured her". p. 268: "hunstmen" changed to "huntsmen". Copy
consulted: UVa Library PZ8 .L15B1 1921.
Prepared for the University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center.

Published: 1889

French fiction; prose Young Readers Frank Godwin Illustrations 24-bit
color; 300 dpi


You'll see 3 images.  

Then - Immediately a ship appeared upon the sea which resembled in
every particular the description given by the gardener's son. (Page 5)

The Blue Fairy Book
Golden Books


Edited by

Illustrated by

DAVID McKAY, Publisher
604-608 S. Washington Square, Philadelphia 

Then you'll see Contents

Then you'll see 
THE BRONZE RING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1


EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

THE YELLOW DWARF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47



THE HISTORY OF JACK THE GIANT-KILLER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327

THE BLACK BULL OF NORROWAY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332

THE RED ETIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336

As you scroll through the pages you'll see pictures with bold text underneath:

Beneath the stone lies a treasure which is to be yours, and no one
else may touch it, so you must do exactly as I tell you. (Page 66)


Best regards,
tom3128-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
they did well!! at least as good an answer as the (wizard?) did in the
movie AI. The search for the Blue Fairy continues however! ;-)

Subject: Re: Whimsy
From: pinkfreud-ga on 06 Jul 2004 00:04 PDT
When I read this question, the first thing I thought of was the film
"AI," in which an android child goes on a quest for the Blue Fairy in
hopes that she can turn him into a real boy, as in the case of
Subject: Re: Whimsy
From: tom3128-ga on 06 Jul 2004 01:50 PDT
Thats exactly the film I had in mind during a flight of imagination
and whimsy. I was wondering if somebody could find the REAL blue fairy
or come up with something imaginative. Just a challenge
Subject: Re: Whimsy
From: tlspiegel-ga on 06 Jul 2004 14:34 PDT
Hi tom3128,

Thank you for the 5 star rating!

Best regards,
Subject: Re: Whimsy
From: apteryx-ga on 06 Jul 2004 22:47 PDT
Yes, the Blue Fairy is a memorable and important character in the book
Pinocchio, a 19th-century children's book by Carlo Collodi.  My mother
read it aloud to me over many weeks when I was a child (which,
however, was not in the 19th century).  The Disney movie was based on
this book but as usual left out huge amounts of the story and took
quite a lot of liberties with the rest.  I was amazed to learn that
some people believe Disney *wrote* this story and others, such as
Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty, despite the fact that the
movies all open with the pages of a book.

The Andrew Lang books, of which the Blue Fairy Book is one, are
unrelated to the Blue Fairy of Pinocchio fame.  Each of the Lang books
is a "fairy book" with a color in its name, including, as I recall,
the Red, Yellow, Green, Violet, Orange, Brown, Crimson, and others in
addition to the Blue.  (I borrowed them all from the library over and
over again as a youngster.)  Together they form a superlative
collection of traditional fairy tales and folk tales, and some that
were not so traditional at the time but are considered so now, like
those of Charles Perreault and Hans Christian Andersen.  (Perreault,
in fact, was an inspiration to Collodi.)

Originally published at the end of the 19th century and beginning of
the 20th, the Lang series was out of print for decades.  In the 1960s,
Dover Publications brought out facsimile editions of some half-dozen
of the best-known ones with reproductions of all the original
marvelous black-and-white illustrations, so evocative in their style
and lavish in their detail that no contemporary cartoonish graphics
can convey the hundredth part of their magic.  The rich, elegant
language of the stories, never simplified or dumbed down and never
needing to be, left a permanent mark on my prose.  I wish more
children would read these stories now or have them read to them. 
Nothing from Disney or Scholastic Books even comes close.


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