By Frances Browne
Seven fairy stories, set in an attractive framework which relates the adventures of the little woman Snowflower and her magical chair on the court docket of King Winwealth. while Snow-flower, from her corner within the kitchen, acknowledged, "Chair of my grandmother, take me to the top ceremonial dinner hall," "instantly the chair marched in a grave and courtly model out of the kitchen, up the grand staircase, and into the top hall." There it advised the subsequent tales to the king and queen, the reasonable lords and girls, the numerous fairies, and extraordinary humans from different lands: The Christmas Cuckoo, The Lords of the White and grey Castles, The grasping Shepherd, the tale of Fairyfoot, the tale of Childe Charity, bitter and Civil, and the tale of Merrymind. various black and white illustrations through famous artist Katharine Pyle supplement the textual content. appropriate for a long time 7 and up.
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Seven fairy stories, set in an enticing framework which relates the adventures of the little woman Snowflower and her magical chair on the court docket of King Winwealth. while Snow-flower, from her corner within the kitchen, stated, "Chair of my grandmother, take me to the top dinner party hall," "instantly the chair marched in a grave and courtly style out of the kitchen, up the grand staircase, and into the top corridor.
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Merrymind and Fairyfoot, Childe Charity and the old Shepherd who piped his sheep into wolves and back again at will; they are all there in that enchanted country of the book. And it is not fields and forests and castles only that the old woman can show you. She can take you down under the depths of the ocean, too, if you like. Then all is still and strange and muffled by the deep waters overhead. Out from a hidden cave steps the merman trailing his heavy, fishy feet. His garments rustle like the rustle of snakes twisting upon each other, and his hands and arms are crusted with rings and bracelets.
Perhaps ye will do me the favour to taste,' she said. 'It is only made of the best honey. ' "Scrub and Fairfeather became very condescending after this speech. They were now sure that there must be some appearance of nobility about them; besides, they were very hungry, and having hastily wrapped up the golden leaves, they assured the old woman they were not at all proud, notwithstanding the lands and castles they had left behind them in the north country, and would willingly help to lighten the wallet.
Oh! long believed, As oracles of old, When stars of promise have deceived, And beacon-fires grown cold! — For them she wrote many stories, and in their employ her imagination travelled into many lands. The most popular was "Granny's Wonderful Chair," published in 1856. It was at once a favourite, and quickly out of print, and, strangely enough, was not reprinted until 1880. Then new editions were issued in 1881, '82, '83, '84, '87, and '89. In 1887, Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett published it, with a preface, under the title "Stories from the Lost Fairy Book," re-told by the child who read them.