Overall 3.5 stars, with individual stories 4 stars.
This is a great collection for all lovers of fairytales. A mixture of essays, poetry and short stories, some of which are original tales and others are retellings.
My personal favorites are:
Once Upon A Time, She Said (poem)
Happy Dens or A Day in the Old Wolve's Home (retelling & comic)
The Girl Who Cried Flowers
The White Seal Maid
The Moon Child
America's Cinderella (essay)
From The Gwynfahr
: "Who is to say which mouth's outpouring will lift the soul higher - that which is
or that which could be?"
From Remembering Books
: "So I read the colored fairy books at an impressionable age and, quite frankly, have never gotten over them. They taught me about honor and loyalty and truth. They taught me about courage and conviction and control. "Just as good as true" said Mr. Lang, but when I first read them they were better
than true. They were in the deepest sense truth itself. They were about you and they were about me. They were humanity's history."
From Fantasy Novels: Truth in Disguise?
Lloyd Alexander ~ "Realism walks where fantasy dances."
"One must never forget the chief poets of Ireland who had to have: Purity of Hand: Bright without wounding.
Purity of Mouth: Without poisonous satire.
Purity of Learning: Without reproach.
"Love can be as sharp as the point of a knife, as piercing as a sliver of glass.
They did not know this secret of the world: the wrong word can kill. It can cost them their lives."
And I just love the cover art by Ruth Sanderson. It is not only a gorgeous picture, but it captures the feel of this collection.