My Own Fairy Book - online children's book

Fairy Adventures from The Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang
With Illustrations by Gordon Browne, T. Scott, and E. A. Lemann.
Published By Longmans, Green, And Co London, Circa 1895

Share page  


The Author of this book is also the Editor of the Blue, Red, Green, and Yellow Fairy Books. He has always felt rather an impostor, because so many children seem to think that he made up these books out of his own head. Now he only picked up a great many old fairy tales, told in French, German, Greek, Chinese, Red Indian, Russian, and other languages, and had them translated and printed, with pictures. He is glad that children like them, but he must confess that they should be grateful to old forgotten people, long ago, who first invented these tales, and who knew more about fairies than we can hope to do. in your hands, was made up altogether out of his own head by the Author, of course with the help of the Historical Papers in the kingdom of Pantourlia. About that ancient kingdom very little is known. The natives speak German ; but the Royal Family, as usual, was of foreign origin. Just as England has had Norman, Scottish, and, at present, a line of German monarchs, so the kings of Pantourlia are descended from an old Greek family, the Hypnotidae, who came to Pantou­rlia during the Crusades. They wanted, they explained, not to be troubled with the Crusades, which they thought very injudicious and tiresome. The Crest of the regal house s a Dormouse, dormant, proper, on a held vert, and the Motto, when translated out of the original Greek, means, Anything for a Quiet Life.