The Yellow Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang Author

It is almost impossible to envision what childhood would be like without the enchanting world of fairyland. Tales of fearless younger sons, changeling animals, treacherous step-mothers, giants and dwarfs, monsters and magicians, fairies and ogres -- these are the companions who thrill young boys and girls of all lands and all times, as Andrew Lang's phenomenally successful collections of stories have proved. From the day that they were first printed, the Lang fairy tale books of many colors have entertained thousands of boys and girls, as they have also brought pleasure to the many parents who have read these unforgettable classics to their children. The Yellow Fairy Book is a wonderful collection of tales from all over the world. There are such familiar old favorites as the Story of the Emperor's New Clothes, The Tinder-box, How to Tell a True Princess, and The Nightingale. There are less familiar tales by Madame d'Aulnoy and from the collections of Anderson and Grimm. Many tales come from Hungary, Poland, and Russia, and there are German, French, and English stories, too. There are traditional tales of the American Indians, and three others come from Iceland. All in all, this collection contains 48 stories, all narrated in the clear, lively prose for which Lang was famous. Not only are Lang's generally conceded to be the best English versions of standard stories, his collections are the richest and widest in range. His position as one of England's foremost folklorists as well as his first rate literary abilities make his collections unmatchable in the English language.

Additional Details

Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 5th
Dover Publications
Complete and Unabridged


  • 1 The Cat and the Mouse in Parnership
  • 2 The Six Swans
  • 3 The Dragon of the North
  • 4 Story of the Emperor's New Clothes
  • 5 The Golden Crab
  • 6 The Iron Stove
  • 7 The Dragon and his Grandmother
  • 8 The Donkey Cabbage
  • 9 The Little Green Frog
  • 10 The Seven-headed Serpent
  • 11 The Grateful Beasts
  • 12 The Giants and the Herd-boy
  • 13 The Invisible Prince
  • 14 The Crow
  • 15 How Six Men travelled through the Wide World
  • 16 The Wizard King
  • 17 The Nixy
  • 18 The Glass Mountain
  • 19 Alphege, or the Green Monkey
  • 20 Fairer-than-a-Fairy
  • 21 The Three Brothers
  • 22 The Boy and the Wolves, or the Broken Promise
  • 23 The Glass Axe
  • 24 The Dead Wife
  • 25 In the Land of Souls
  • 26 The White Duck
  • 27 The Witch and her Servants
  • 28 The Magic Ring
  • 29 The Flower Queen's Daughter
  • 30 The Flying Ship
  • 31 The Snow-daughter and the Fire-son
  • 32 The Story of King Frost
  • 33 The Death of the Sun-hero
  • 34 The Witch
  • 35 The Hazel-nut Child
  • 36 The Story of Big Klaus and Little Klaus
  • 37 Prince Ring
  • 38 The Swineherd
  • 39 How to tell a True Princess
  • 40 The Blue Mountains
  • 41 The Tinder-box
  • 42 The Witch in the Stone Boat
  • 43 Thumbelina
  • 44 The Nightingale
  • 45 Hermod and Hadvor
  • 46 The Steadfast Tin-soldier
  • 47 Blockhead Hans
  • 48 A Story about a Darning-needle

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