Magical birds and fairy tales

the-wild-swansThe Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen, Helen Crawford-White (Illustrations)

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This lovely edition contains two of the loveliest fairy tales from my childhood. First of them – “The wild swans” tells us a story of bewitched princes and their younger sister who tries to save them. I don’t know if it’s just this edition, or if I used to read a little bit different version, but there are few things that were not exactly as I remembered them. Still, the essence of the story is the same and it is a lovely tale about faith, devotion, and determination. The little girl is willing to do anything to save her brothers

I don’t know if it’s just this edition, or if I used to read a little bit different version, but there are few things that were not exactly as I remembered them. Still, the essence of the story is the same and it is a lovely tale about faith, devotion, and determination. The little girl is willing to do anything to save her brothers, no matter what stands in her way.

The second tale – “The Nightingale” is the one I like more, but this edition treats it like some kind of bonus story that didn’t even get one image… Anyway, this story is pretty much about freedom and nature being a superior comparing to technology. As much as I love computers, I have to admit that in nature is a powerful and lovely force and taming it is not always the right way to go.

I should probably write few words about this edition since that is what brought this review as I knew both of these stories since childhood. The cover is lovely and so fitting, but it’s concentrated on one of two stories. Well, most of the books is, the illustrations also cover only the Wild Swans tale, but the images are lovely even if not colored. Actually, the images looked like they were meant to be colored, like in a coloring book – just take come color pencils and have a go at them. If the paper editions have appropriate paper, they might be a fantastic gift for kids who’d love to color their favorite storybook.

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If you have never read these stories, or if you have a child in need of a lovely storybook, this would be a really nice edition to have.

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