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The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888)

by Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde was wide-ranging in the literary forms he engaged and I've enjoyed many of his other works, but his fairy tales don't strike me as being one of his strengths. He was no Hans Anderson, not even J.K. Rowling (see: Beedle). But if you're looking for a purely Christian slant in classics for children, you can't do better than this.

(4/5) The Happy Prince - A golden statue has opportunity to help his city with a bird's assistance. It's all about charity. Saw the 1974 animation as a kid, so the nostalgia won it some points.

(3.5/5) The Nightingale and the Rose - A nightingale selflessly assists a young wooer. Love isn't love unless you're willing to die for it. Most kids won't grasp this without assistance.

(3.5/5) The Selfish Giant - spring won't return to the giant's garden after he ejects a bunch of hooligans. Embrace Christianity for everlasting life. Made little impression on me when I was young, and none at all now.

(3/5) The Devoted Friend - A tale about give-and-take that's entirely open to misinterpretation, thus the awkward framing story about the water rat.

(3.5/5) The Remarkable Rocket - A supremely self-centered firecracker leaves no impression on anyone. A strange note to end on, but there it is. ( )
  Cecrow | Nov 26, 2015 |
If this book doesn't make you want to curl up with a nice hot cup of arsenic and maybe some razor blades, you read a different edition than I did. Apparently Wilde read Hans Christian Anderson and thought, "Dang nab it, I can write way way depressing fairy tales, too!"

Not saying it's not pretty. Just saying. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
4.5* ( )
  something_ | May 1, 2015 |
3.5 stars

This is a short book of five fairy tales. It was cute and very quick to read at less than 50 pages. Quite enjoyable! ( )
  LibraryCin | Mar 1, 2015 |
Touching set of stories. ( )
  durgaprsd04 | Feb 25, 2015 |
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Oscar Wildeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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High above the city on a tall column stood the statue of the Happy Prince.
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This is the original story collection from Mr. Wilde, including:
* The Happy Prince
* The Nightingale and the Rose
* The Selfish Giant
* The Devoted Friend
* The Remarkable Rocket
Please do not combine with other story collection that contain different stories.
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Contents: The happy prince -- The nightingale and the rose -- The selfish giant -- The devoted friends -- The remarkable rocket.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679444734, Hardcover)

A pleasure seeking prince, a selfish giant, and more: Wilde's fairy tales, first published in 1888, for childlike people from eighteen to eighty."

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A beautiful, golden, jewel-studded statue and a little swallow give all they have to help the poor.

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