The Crimson Fairy Book has one of my favorite stories out of all the Fairy Books. Called “The Colony of Cats,” a girl goes to live with and work for a house full of (you guessed it) cats. Can I just admit now that I’m nuts about cats? A cute cat picture can have me melting, and I have literally read all the cat books in the non-fiction section at my library. So of course this story had me wishing I could have a cat. I especially love Father Gatto.
Besides “A Colony of Cats,” I also like “Clever Maria,” “The Three Robes,” and “The Story of the Sham Prince, or the Ambitious Tailor.”
Short Snippet from The Crimson Fairy Book
“From that day Wildrose lived like a little princess. The eagle flew about the wood and collected the softest, greenest moss he could find to make her a bed, and then he picked with his beak all the brightest and prettiest flowers in the fields of on the mountains to decorate it. So cleverly did he manage it that there was not a fairy in the whole of the forest who would not have been pleased to sleep there, rocked to and fro by the breeze on the treetops. And when the little ones were able to fly from their nest he taught them where to look for the fruits and berries which she loved.”
This excerpt is from “Little Wildrose.”
The tales in The Pink Fairy Book are from many places, such as Hungary, Russia, Servia, Roumania, the Baltic, Sicily, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Tunis, and Portugal. They are both translated and adapted, and make a very wide variety of stories and perspectives. Each story has the origin at the end.
Where To Find The Crimson Fairy Book
I found The Crimson Fairy Book at the library. You can also buy it on Amazon.
I really like The Crimson Fairy Book. It’s good for tweens ages 12 and up, because like I said in The Orange Fairy Book, sometimes it gets a little bloody or a lotta romantic. The Crimson Fairy Book is one of my favorite in the series, and I give it…
Four out of Five fairies
Some of the stories are a little boring, but to me there are a few shining gems.