Children and adults alike will find amusement in this collection of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales. Performed by Alec Sand in a warm, friendly manner, the stories come alive with Wilde's classic mix of wit and morality. Each fairy tale begins with a few bars of music that serve to set the tone, adding a magical atmosphere to the listening experience. Fairy tales in this collection present a mix of the whimsical and the deeply affecting, including "The Birthday of the Infanta", "The Star-Child", "The Young King", "The Fisherman and his Soul", and the titular story, "The Happy Prince".
Much of their charm is due to Wilde's intention that the stories be "studies in prose... meant partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy, and who find in simplicity a subtle strangeness."
Often whimsical and sometimes sad, they all shine with poetry and magic.
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