Okay, before I get started, this copy was published in 1949-1965, so it’s really old. Some of the illustrations are a little funky, but the stories are what really matter. I haven’t found a newer copy at the library, but you might be able to online.
I really like the Orange Fairy Book. It isn’t my favorite, but some of the stories in here are really good. My favorite stories are “The White Wolf” and “The Magicians horse.”
Short Snippet from The Orange Fairy Book:
“The princess stood silent and her face grew grim. At last she said:
“An ill trick have you played me! What is this that you have done and wither are we going?”
“It is a queen you will be,” answered Ian Direach, “for the King of Erin has sent me for you, and in return he will give me his bay colt that I may take him to the Seven Big Women of Dhiurradh, in exchange for the White Sword of Light. This I must carry to the giant of Five Heads and Five Necks and Five Humps, and in place of it he will bestow on me the blue falcon, which I have promised my stepmother so she may free me from the spell she has laid on me.”
This excerpt is from “How Ian Direach Won The Blue Falcon”.
The Orange Fairy Book has fairy tales that are mostly from either the British Isles or Spain. There are two from France and one from Italy, and one is an adaption of a Czech folktale. Most of the stories have the origin at the end. The Foreword and Preface give a lot more information on that subject if you’re interested.
Where to find the Orange Fairy Book
You can buy the Orange Fairy Book on Amazon. I found it at my local library.
I think that the Orange Fairy Book is great for tweens ages 12 and up, because in some stories people get their heads cut off, or there’s blood. Also, most of the stories are romantic, which isn’t always something that keeps little kids entertained.
I give this book…
Three out of Five fairies
It isn’t my favorite out of the series, but it still has some good stories.