It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Old witches in cloaks of gold, giants that turn into dwarfs, tears that become birds, monsters and magicians, ogres and fairies— these are the companions who thrill boys and girls of all lands and times, as Andrew Lang’s phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of youngsters, as they have also brought pleasure to parents who have read these classics to their children.
All the tales are narrated in clear, lively prose. Not only are Lang’s collections generally considered to contain the best English versions of the standard fairy tales; they are also the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England’s foremost folklorists, as well as a first-rate editor, make his collections unmatchable in the English language.