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Grimms' Fairy Tales
Jacob Grimm - 1996
From the land of fantastical castles, vast lakes and deep forests, the Brothers Grimm collected a treasury of entrancing folk and fairy stories full of giants and dwarfs, witches and princesses, magic beasts and cunning boys. From favourites such as The Frog-Prince and Hansel and Gretel to the delights of Ashputtel or Old Sultan, all are vivid with timeless mystery.
Kenneth Grahame - 2006
True, it was always happening that one of us would be singled out at any moment, freakishly, and without regard to his own preferences, to wrestle with the inflections of some idiotic language long rightly dead; while another, from some fancied artistic tendency which always failed to justify itself, might be told off without warning to hammer out scales and exercises, and to bedew the senseless keys with tears of weariness or of revolt. But in subjects common to either sex, and held to be necessary even for him whose ambition soared no higher than to crack a whip in a circus-ring-in geography, for instance, arithmetic, or the weary doings of kings and queens-each would have scorned to excel. And, indeed, whatever our individual gifts, a general dogged determination to shirk and to evade kept us all at much the same dead level, -a level of ignorance tempered by insubordination.Fortunately there existed a wide range of subjects, of healthier tone than those already enumerated, in which we were free to choose for ourselves, and which we would have scorned to consider education; and in these we freely followed each his own particular line, often attaining an amount of special knowledge which struck our ignorant elders as simply uncanny. For Edward, the uniforms, accoutrements, colours, and mottoes of the regiments composing the British Army had a special glamour. In the matter of facings he was simply faultless; among chevrons, badges, medals, and stars, he moved familiarly; he even knew the names of most of the colonels in command; and he would squander sunny hours prone on the lawn, heedless of challenge from bird or beast, poring over a tattered Army List. My own accomplishment was of another character-took, as it seemed to me, a wider and a more untrammelled range. Dragoons might have swaggered in Lincoln green, riflemen might have donned sporrans over tartan trews, without exciting notice or comment from me. But did you seek precise information as to the fauna of the American continent, then you had come to the right shop. Where and why the bison "wallowed"; how beaver were to be trapped and wild turkeys stalked; the grizzly and how to handle him, and the pretty pressing ways of the constrictor, -in fine, the haunts and the habits of all that burrowed, strutted, roared, or wriggled between the Atlantic and the Pacific, -all this knowledge I took for my province. By the others my equipment was fully recognised. Supposing a book with a bear-hunt in it made its way into the house, and the atmosphere was electric with excitement; still, it was necessary that I should first decide whether the slot had been properly described and properly followed up, ere the work could be stamped with full approval. A writer might have won fame throughout the civilised globe for his trappers and his realistic backwoods, and all went for nothing. If his pemmican were not properly compounded I damned his achievement, and it was heard no more
The Beatrix Potter Collection: Volume One
Beatrix Potter - 2014
All your favourite Beatrix Potter stories in two volumes. Click here for Volume Two This volume contains:The Tale of Peter RabbitThe Tale of Squirrel NutkinThe Tailor of GloucesterThe Tale of Benjamin BunnyThe Tale of Two Bad MiceThe Tale of the Pie and the Patty PanThe Tale of Mr Jeremy FisherThe Story of a Fierce Bad RabbitThe Story of Miss MoppetThe Tale of Tom KittenThe Tale of Jemima Puddle-DuckThe Tale of Pigling BlandAppley Dappley's Nursery Rhymes
Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumder - 1907
Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumder was the person who first collected some folk-stories of Bengal and published it under the name of Thakurmar Jhuli in 1907 (1314 of Bengali calendar). The Nobel-Laureate, Rabindra Nath Thakur wrote the introduction to the compilation. Since then, it has become a favourite of Bengali children. Over the years, it has become a household name in West Bengal and Bangladesh.Some characters and stories like Lalkamal-Nilkamal and Byangoma-Byangomi have gained a legendary status, especially among the children. Hundreds of edition of the book have been published from Bangladesh and West Bengal since the original publication. An English translation by Rina Pritish Nandy has been available lately
The Rose Fairy Book
Andrew Lang - 1949
(This volume is made up of selections from the Grey, Brown, Pink, Lilac and Orange Fairy Books, the stories therefrom that came from France, Italy or Spain.) Bear Bobino Castle of Kerglas Donkey Skin False Prince and the True Father Grumbler Fortunate and his Purse Frog and the Lion Fairy Golden Lion Knights of the Fish Lost Paradise Queen of the Flowery Isles Seven Who Helped Sprig of Rosemary Story of Bensurdatu Water of Life What Came of Picking Flowers White Doe
Stories of the Sea
Diana Secker Tesdell - 2010
G. Ballard. Robert Olen Butler explores the memories of a Titanic victim who has become part of the sea that swallowed him; Ray Bradbury’s “The Fog Horn” summons something primeval and lonely from the ocean depths; John Updike’s vacationing lovers retrace the route of Homer’s Odyssey on a cruise ship. From Edgar Allan Poe’s dramatic “A Descent into the Maelstrom” to Ernest Hemingway’s chilling “After the Storm” to Mark Helprin’s heartbreaking “Sail Shining in White,” the stories here are as wide-ranging and entrancing as the sea itself.
The Invisible Child and The Fir Tree
Tove Jansson - 1962
She is welcomed into the Moomin family and treated with equality and respect. This is one of the most touching of all Moomin stories and is paired in this unique book with The Fir Tree, the Moomins’ gloriously unselfish take on Christmas.Alongside these two classic stories, this gift edition also includes an exclusive Moomin Gallery, featuring the characters of Moominvalley, compiled by Philip Ardagh.Both stories are taken from the short story collection Tales from Moominvalley (The Moomins, #7) which was first published in Swedish as Det osynliga barnet (Mumintrollen, #7) in 1962.
Ludwig Tieck - 1812
Tieck's transition to Romanticism is seen in the series of plays and stories published under the title Volksmarchen von Peter Lebrecht (1797), a collection which contains the admirable fairy-tale Der Blonde Eckbert, and the witty dramatic satire on Berlin literary taste, Der Gestiefelte Kater. With his school and college friend Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder (1773-1798), he planned the novel Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen (1798), which, with Wackenroder's Herzensergiessungen (1798), was the first expression of the romantic enthusiasm for old German art. His writings between 1798 and 1804 include the satirical drama, Prinz Zerbino (1799), and Romantische Dichtungen (1799-1800). The latter contains Tieck's most ambitious dramatic poems, which were followed in 1804 by the remarkable "comedy" in two parts, Kaiser Oktavianus. These dramas, in which Tieck's poetic powers are to be seen at their best, are typical plays of the first Romantic school.
Kubla Khan: A Pop-Up Version of Coleridge's Classic
Nick Bantock - 1816
Readers of all ages have been intrigued and delighted by Nick Bantock's gift books. Now Bantock's legendary artwork attains new lyrical expression as he translates Coleridge's classic, opium-inspired poem into exquisite and phantasmagoric pop-up constructions. 6 pop-ups.
The Elephant's Child: And Other Just So Stories
Rudyard Kipling - 1993
His Just So Stories, brimming with playful whimsy and satire, have charmed young and old alike for generations. Six cleverly concocted fables from that popular collection have been selected for this volume.