The Crimson Fairy Book cover

The Crimson Fairy Book

Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - Lovely Ilonka
3. 02 - Lucky Luck
4. 03 - The Hairy Man
5. 04 - To your Good Health!
6. 05 - The Story of the Seven Simons
7. 06 - The Language of Beasts
8. 07 - The Boy who could keep a Secret
9. 08 - The Prince and the Dragon
10. 09 - Little Wildrose
11. 10 - Tiidu the Piper
12. 11 - Paperarello
13. 12 - The Gifts of the Magician
14. 13 - The Strong Prince
15. 14 - The Treasure Seeker
16. 15 - The Cottager and his Cat
17. 16 - The Prince who would seek Immortality
18. 17 - The Stone-cutter
19. 18 - The Gold-bearded Man
20. 19 - Tritill, Litill, and the Birds
21. 20 - The Three Robes
22. 21 - The Six Hungry Beasts
23. 22 - How the Beggar Boy turned into Count Piro
24. 23 - The Rogue and the Herdsman
25. 24 - Eisenkopf
26. 25 - The Death of Abu Nowas and of his Wife
27. 26 - Motikatika
28. 27 - Niels and the Giants
29. 28 - Shepherd Paul
30. 29 - How the wicked Tanuki was punished
31. 30 - The Crab and the Monkey
32. 31 - The Horse Gullfaxi and the Sword Gunnfoder
33. 32 - The Story of the Sham Prince, or the Ambitious Tailor
34. 33 - The Colony of Cats
35. 34 - How to find out a True Friend
36. 35 - Clever Maria
37. 36 - The Magic Kettle

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Summary

The Crimson Fairy Book contains thirty-six stories collected from around the world and edited by Andrew Lang. Many tales in this book are translated, or adapted, from those told by mothers and nurses in Hungary; others are familiar to Russian nurseries; the Servians are responsible for some; a rather peculiarly fanciful set of stories are adapted from the Roumanians; others are from the Baltic shores; others from sunny Sicily; a few are from Finland, and Iceland, and Japan, and Tunis, and Portugal. No doubt many children will like to look out these places on the map, and study their mountains, rivers, soil, products, and fiscal policies, in the geography books. The peoples who tell the stories differ in colour; language, religion, and almost everything else; but they all love a nursery tale. The stories have mainly been adapted or translated by Mrs. Lang, a few by Miss Lang and Miss Blackley.