In the Green Fairy Book, the third in the series, Lang has assembled stories from Spanish and Chinese traditions, a few of the most entertaining creations penned by the Comte de Caylus, others by Sebillot, Fenelon, Kletke, and Mme. d’Aulnoy, and, of course, some of the best-loved tales from the Brothers Grimm. Here in one attractive paperbound volume with enlarged print are “The Blue Bird,” “Sylvain and Jocosa,” “Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Half-Chick,” and many other favorites that have become an indispensable part of our cultural heritage.
All in all, this collection contains forty-two stories, all narrated in the clear, lively prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang’s translations generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England’s foremost folklorists as well as his first-rate literary abilities make his collections unmatchable in the English language.