A haunting, magical fairy tale collection, in which Oscar Wilde beautifully evokes among others The Happy Prince who was not so happy after all, The Selfish Giant who learned to love little children and The Star Child who did not love his parents as much as he should Each of the stories shines with poetry and magic and will be enjoyed by children of every age A perfect collection for children young and old, introduced by Markus Zusak, bestselling author of The Book Thief....
|Title||:||The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Puffin Classics)|
|Publisher||:||Puffin Books November 12, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||662 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Puffin Classics) Reviews
His tales are beyond wonderful... they take you to intensities of different emotions. Hybrid worlds blending fairy lands with modern times; their marvels go unnoticed or even ignored in secret sacrifices. In some tales the twist is so funny and you cannot avoid the smile and to be amazed by such smart plots despite the cruelty that blends well the creatures that talk as in fables.
Many reviewers have written excellent traditional commentary on the stories themselves, but I'd like to review the Kindle formatting.
I had an audio book of The Happy Prince when I was a child, which id what made me look for this book now. Mind you, this story is slightly different than the one I listened to in my youth(the one I had didn't end on a religious note, to be sure), but I still enjoyed it. The addition of several other selfless tales of love were a delightful surprise (I suppose I didn't read the description too carefully). These stories are beautiful and bittersweet, descriptions of selfless love given without expectation of reciprocation. Enjoy and share with the young.
These stories are beautifully written (of course!) and enchanting for little ones.
This collection - one of thousands of worthwhile 'freebies' available for Kindle - offers a side of Oscar Wilde unknown to those who've only experienced his witty, cynical plays. These 'fairy tales' are gentle, moralistic, and only sometimes sardonic. I downloaded it in order to have my favorite of Wilde's short stories, "The Selfish Giant", which blends children's fantasy with Christian iconography in a charming, emotionally affecting way. Now I've read them all and I'm glad I have the set. This also led me to download another freebie, "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime", also recommended.
My father read them to me, when I was 4, sitting in the crook of his arm (I know I was 4, because at five, I was too BIG to sit in the crook of his arm, and besides, I could read). He must have read them to me a lot, because I still remember "the cold gray fingers of dawn were clutching at the fading stars," from "The Young King" (my favorite, then), and--in "The Selfish Giant," the words TRESSPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED were capitalized, and when he got to them, he'd make me "read" them aloud.
Oscar Wilde's story of the HAPPY Prince is a timeless story for both young and old as it defines greatness as one who cares for others more than self - and sacrificing, even unto death for the good of others. Wilde sums up what inspires one to act in the behalf of others, is one who has a loving, caring, and humble heart whether that heart is the prince of the sparrow. It is the 'heart' of the prince that remains when his battered and eye sore statue is torn down and melted,
This is a classic Oscar Wilde collection of children's stories published in 1888 with morals that still ring true today. I bought this particular copy because I had the same edition as a child and re-read most of the stories over and over. The stories are ageless.