Kaleidoscope of Fairies & Fables

Kaleidoscope of Fairies & Fables

by Hans Christian Andersen, Aesop, Rudyard Kipling, 3 othersJacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, Robert Mathias (Reteller)
Publisher: Hamlyn
Hardcover, 221 pages
Used Price: $11.20 (1 in stock) Condition Policy

Fairy tales, for most children, are the classic and well-loved stories of Hans Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. Fables conjure up the charming short stories written long ago by the Greek Aesop, or the fabulous, wise, animal stories of Rudyard Kipling.

In this book the best work of all these writers has been charmingly and sympathetically re-told by Robert Mathias, so that the full flavour of the original tales is retained.

Some stories are sad and moving like The Little Match Girl and The Little Mermaid. Some, like the wry tale The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo are humorous while others like the classic tales Snow White and Hansel and Gretel will cause a delicious shiver down the spine.

Interspersed amongst the longer stories are Aesop's inimitable fables, whose messages, seen through the antics of his animal characters, are as true today as they ever were.

The book is superbly illustrated throughout by stunningly evocative illustrations by some of today's finest artists.

PLEASE NOTE: Three stories' (Little Mermaid, Emperor's New Clothes and How the Leopard Got His Spots) illustrations include innocuous nudity.



  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Emperor's New Clothes
  • The Tinder Box
  • The Wild Swans
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Snow Queen


  • The Frog Prince
  • The Sleeping Princess
  • Tom Thumb
  • Snow White
  • The Robber Groom
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Rumpelstiltskin


  • The Beginning of the Armadillos
  • How the Camel got his Hump
  • The Cat that Walked by Himself
  • The Elephant's Child
  • How the Leopard Got his Spots
  • The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo
  • The Butterfly that Stamped


  • The Astrologer and the Traveller
  • The Cat and the Mice
  • The Dog and the Cock
  • The Horse and the Stag
  • The Lion and the Mouse
  • The Fox and the Monkey
  • The Monkey and the Buffalo
  • The Mice Meeting
  • The Tortoise and the Eagle
  • The Stag and the Pool
  • The Crow and the Mussel
  • The Bees, the Drones and the Wasp
  • The Old Hound
  • The Kite, the Frog and the Mouse
  • The Wolf and the Dog
  • The Mule
  • The Peacock and the Crane
  • The Lark and the Farmer
  • The Dog and the Bone
  • The Boy who Cried Wolf
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