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A golden statue comes to life and, with the help of a reluctant swallow, gives away everything he has. A fierce giant forbids children to play in his garden--then realizes that only through sharing will spring ever come again. In these rich fables by Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest, characters learn that kindness and giving are the greatest powers of all.
About the Author
Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray, tried his hand at writing for children after his own two children were born. But Wilde's fanciful stories have remained favorites across generations. Haunting and a bit melancholy, "The Happy Prince and Other Tales" center on the power of redemption and the triumph of love over selfishness, as in the story of a selfish giant who builds a wall around his garden to keep children out, only to realize that the wall keeps love out as well. Some listeners who know Wilde's reputation as a flamboyant, caustically witty, complex literary figure may be surprised by the powerful traditional Christian symbolism in these tales. It helps lend these beautifully written, sensitive stories their universal appeal.