The Happy Prince and Other Tales

The Happy Prince and Other Tales

by Oscar Wilde

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Beautifully written modern fairy tales intended for reading to children but with a message for adults, too. Wilde's first published collection containing the classics The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant.
The Happy Prince . . .
A modern fairy tale about the selfless acts of a golden statue and a migrating swallow.
The Nightingale and the Rose . . .
A romantic nightingale comes to the aid of a lovesick student who has a single day to find a red rose.
The Selfish Giant . . .
No Trespassing! - The tale of one giant and his garden.
The Devoted Friend . . .
What exactly is friendship? A miller has very strong opinions on the subject in this witty tale narrated by a bird.
The Remarkable Rocket . . .
At the marriage of a handsome prince to a beautiful princess, a spectacular firework display is planned. This is the story of those fireworks - and one very important rocket in particular. Oscar Wilde intended this story to be read to children


Product Details

BN ID: 2940149304257
Publisher: Robin Michell
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 39 KB
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet who delighted Victorian England with his legendary wit. He found critical and popular success with his scintillating plays, chiefly The Importance of Being Earnest, while his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, scandalized readers. Imprisoned for two years for homosexual behavior, Wilde moved to France after his release, where he died destitute.

Date of Birth:

October 16, 1854

Date of Death:

November 30, 1900

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland

Place of Death:

Paris, France


The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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Happy Prince: And Other Tales 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book as a child. My mother gave it away and I have been searching for it ever since but didn't know the title or author. Thanks to the internet, I finally found it and am thrilled to share this beautiful story of selfless giving form the heart with my children.
Tanishque Sharma More than 1 year ago
THE HAPPY PRINCE It is a story of a swallow and a prince, who was once happy but now is not. The swallow meets the prince on while she is on her way to Egypt. She takes shelter under the statue of the happy prince to spend her night. But soon she finds out that the happy prince is really not happy and then helps him out in helping the poor and old. The story ends with an important message of love, selflessness and charity. I came across this beautiful story while I was going through my cousin’s English books. It is indeed the most beautiful story that I have ever read. Well a short story written by Oscar Wilde set in late 19th century; Wilde brings out the hypocrisy which unfortunately exists even today. Initially written for kids, Happy Prince can be read by a person of any age.
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kritikarr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably my favourite piece of children's literature. Lovely stories beautifully told, though very sad (some perhaps too sad for little children). Also a pretty edition with some gorgeous illustrations.
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((Okay and I'll be on after my school is over tomorrow after about 8:00 becse I have to put my nook up then))