American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum
From the creator of the Wizard of Oz comes this fantastic collection of tales that he collected through many hours of figuring which would be the best ones to tell. Don't miss this one.
Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known as L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly famous for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels. He wrote a total of 14 novels in the Oz series, plus 41 other novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, and at least 42 scripts. He made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and the nascent medium of film; the 1939 adaptation of the first Oz book would become a landmark of 20th century cinema. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high-risk and action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), police corruption and false evidence (Phoebe Daring), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work).
The stories, as critics have noted, lack the high-fantasy aspect of the best of Baum's work, in Oz or out. With ironic or nonsensical morals attached to their ends, their tone is more satirical, glib, and tongue-in-cheek than is usual in children's stories; the serialization in newspapers for adult readers was appropriate for the materials. "The Magic Bon Bons" was the most popular of the tales, judging by number of reprints.
Two of the stories, "The Enchanted Types" and "The Dummy That Lived," employ knooks and ryls, the fairies that Baum would use in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus the next year, 1902. "The Dummy That Lived" depends upon the idea of a department-store mannequin brought to life, an early expression of an idea that would be re-used by many later writers in television and films.
(Baum's story "The Runaway Shadows," published in newspapers in June 1901, was intended to be part of the collection, but was dropped prior to publication of the book.)
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7/23/2018 - TerryD (Rating: 5 / 5)
Great stories for reading to children as bedtime stories! The PDF format works well with my Kindle, and I was able to share it on my friend's computer, too. It doesn't stop you from doing things like that, like most of the other ones do.
2/17/2018 - Terry M. (Rating: 5 / 5)
American Fairy Tales is the title of a collection of twelve fantasy stories by L. Frank Baum, published in 1901 by the George M. Hill Company, the firm that issued The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the previous year. The stories include: THE BOX OF ROBBERS THE GLASS DOG THE QUEEN OF QUOK THE GIRL WHO OWNED A BEAR THE ENCHANTED TYPES THE LAUGHING HIPPOPOTAMUS THE MAGIC BON BONS THE CAPTURE OF FATHER TIME THE WONDERFUL PUMP THE DUMMY THAT LIVED THE KING OF THE POLAR BEARS THE MANDARIN AND THE BUTTERFLY This is a Green Bird Publication of a quality soft cover book, suitable for libraries, home libraries, gifts, and keepsakes.