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WINTER FLOWER AND OTHER FAIRY STORIES BOOK 1964 ANNE MONTROSE;Long ago there was a princess who loved flowers. Every summer she .filled her palace, gardens so full of glorious blooms that their scent was carried by the wind~ far over the rim of the world. But there was still one flower she sought in vain, a plant that would blossom on the dark days of winter when there was neither life nor color, only dead leaves and whirling snowflakes. One of the wonderful things about folk and fairy tales is that they often tell the truth about something, however magical or exaggerated the story may seem. Thus ;Cinderella; tells a truth about vanity and humility; and thus ;The Winter Flower ; tells a truth about hope and despair. But there is more here than morality. Some of Anne Montrose’s remarkable original stories are sheer high-spirited nonsense. ; A Tale of Two Mandarins,; gay and ridicu- lous, at the same time tells volumes about the deceptiveness that sometimes lurks under a mask of too-perfect cour- tesy. ;The Lark and the Eagle ; is a flaw- less gem of poetry and imagination. .Every different kind of story in this collection is told with a breathtaking poetry and rightness of language that will give it a long and happy life. Anne Montrose’s gracefulness of style is well matched with Mircea Vasilill’s elegant black-and-white drawings. All Ages NO RIPS, NO TEARS, NO WRITING, BINDING INTACT, CREASES TO THE TITLE PAGE, DUSTJACKET SHOWS EDGE TEARS AND WEAR

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