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A gifted poet, playwright and wit, Oscar Wilde was a phenomenon in 19th century England. He was illustrious for preaching the importance of style in life and art, and of attacking Victorian narrow mindedness.
Wilde is immortalised through his works, and the stories he wrote for children such as "The Happy Prince" and "The Selfish Giant" are still vibrant in the imagination of the public.
When the Selfish Giant decides to build a wall around his garden to prevent the children from playing in it, it becomes barren and stuck in perpertual winter. It takes a wonderful event and the heart of a young boy for him to realize the error of his ways. A classic tale for children, 'The Selfish Giant' is presented here with all of Oscar Wilde's other fairy stories - 'The Happy Prince', 'The Nightingale and the Rose', 'The Devoted Friend', 'The Remarkable Rocket', 'The Young King', 'The Birthday of the Infanta', 'The Fisherman and His Soul' and 'The Star-Child' - brought to life by Philip Waechter's bright and imaginative illustrations.
Three classic fairytales by Oscar Wilde that sparkle with wit and enchantment. They have been beautifully reproduced with unabridged text and using the original illustrations from one of the 20th century's foremost and illustrious illustrators, Charles Robinson. His vibrant and evocative watercolour and line drawings together with Wilde's seamless prose make this a timeless treasure for the whole family to enjoy.
The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and The Selfish Giant are just three of Oscar Wilde’s magical short stories. These, with a further two tales, are included in this handsomely produced edition with stunning illustrations originally painted for the stories in 1913. Beautifully written, these stories are at times melancholy and they do not shy away from difficulties but at the heart of each there is a touching moral most notably the value of sharing.
This book is a favourite of June 2011 Guest Editor Michael Morpurgo: "This was the first story, I think, that ever made me cry. What was strange was that I wanted to read it over and over again. It still has the power to make me cry." Sally Grindley, December 2010 Guest Editor also chose The Happy Prince: "This is one of those tales that haunts you long after it has ended. It’s beautifully narrated, timeless and ‘placeless’ and full of hidden messages. The Prince is a golden statue with precious stones for eyes. When Swallow perches on him on her way to Egypt, he asks her to distribute his eyes and gold to all the poor people he sees below him. Swallow takes pity on him when he has lost finery and decides to stay with him over the winter… The tale is haunting me again now, many years after I first read it."
Beautiful illustrations capture the anguish and joy of Oscar Wildeâ€™s classic fairy stories for children. The Selfish Giant who wonâ€™t let any children play in his garden finds only the winter can exist in his garden. Snow, hail and frost are happy there but everyone else keeps away. But, when a bird breaks through and brings children with it, Spring comes again and the Giant realise the mistake he has made. All six of the stories in the collection are beautiful to read aloud.
Sally Castle's beautifully hand-lettered and illustrated edition of Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince sets the story among Reading's parks, squares, rooflines and churches - the town that's shaped her and her artwork and where Oscar spent an unhappy period in gaol. This enchanting combination of fairy story with concrete urban reality, a tale of sacrificial love written with a flourish and swirl, turns a simple book into a gem as precious as the large red ruby that glowed on the Prince's sword-hilt. With an introduction by Michael Seeney, author and collector of Wilde's work.
The Selfish Giant won't let the children play in his beautiful garden. But when he tries to wall it off from the world, Winter comes to stay, with nothing but snow and wind and hail, and Spring will not return. It isn't until the Giant realizes his selfishness has been keeping life from his garden that he comes to believe kindness wins out over selfishness. This enchanting story from Oscar Wilde, evocatively illustrated by renowned artist Lisbeth Zwerger, is a poignant tale of generosity you'll want to share with others.
The house at Canterville Chase has been haunted for centuries--but that isn't about to stop the determined American family who has come to live there. In fact, even when evidence of the haunting proves indisputable, they remain undaunted, and take to teasing and pranking the poor old ghost, until he's at his wits' end. This satirically funny case of ghostly culture shock won't get resolved until young Virginia learns that love can be stronger than fear.Here is whimsical ghost story turned on its head, from the renowned Victorian writer Oscar Wilde, sure to delight anyone not otherwise trapped in an ethereal plane.
A little jewel of a book in a new illustrated edition of Oscar Wilde's beloved tale The children loved to play in the Giant's garden, but when he returned after years away, he said, What are you doing here? and the children fled. This is the classic story of a giant whose gloomy outlook and self-centered ways are changed by a remarkable tiny child.