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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Book Advent Calendar (Day 12) - The Rainbow Fairy Books by Andrew Lang

It’s Day 12 of my Book Advent Calendar; we are halfway through and at the letter “L”.  This time, I’m going to suggest twelve books which I was given as a child and which I still possess:  the Rainbow Fairy Books of Andrew Lang.

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Between 1889 and 1910, Andrew Lang published twelve collections of fairy tales, each with a different coloured binding, with a total of 437 stories collected, edited and translated.  These tales are from cultures and countries around the world. The books, ordered chronologically, are as follows: The Blue Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, The Yellow Fairy Book, The Pink Fairy Book, The Grey Fairy Book, The Violet Fairy Book, The Crimson Fairy Book, The Brown Fairy Book, The Orange Fairy Book, The Olive Fairy Book, and The Lilac Fairy Book.  All have illustrations.  It's the ultimate fairy tale collection.

I recently learned that The Folio Society is publishing the full series of Lang’s fairy books in beautiful hardback editions with classic illustrations (http://www.foliosociety.com/category/9319/andrew-lang-s-fairy-books).  I don’t usually recommend specific publishers and with each book costing $94.95(CAN), this set is pricey, but the few Folio Society books I have are wonderful – heirlooms to be sure.  Maybe Santa can bring me one a year for the next twelve years?