WINTER FLOWER AND OTHER FAIRY TALES by Anne Montrose
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WINTER FLOWER AND OTHER FAIRY TALES

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Brand new fairy tales based on the old, old plots are told here in lavish detail. Pietro, the poor wood-cutter, makes a difficult journey to find the winter flower for the princess and then finds it in his own garden, after he has helped a poor but beautiful peasant. A burnt-out dragon in the land of Panga-Ponga is restored to his former usefulness (the king has him breathe fire at the enemies to scare them away) by the blacksmith. An unhappy little step-sister saves a unicorn and is rewarded by being taken to the castle where she answers the magic question which removes the spell on the prince. The daughter of a poor flower-seller is captured by a man-arin but saved by a stranger whose silkworms spin a ladder for her to escape. These are some of the stories included in this well-balanced collection. Told with delicate humor and full of sumptuous insights, this collection will be enjoyed by any avid reader of fairy tales. Seen without the illustrations of Mircea Vasilia.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1964
Publisher: Viking