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The Editor thinks that children will readily forgive him for publishing another Fairy
Book. We have had the Blue, the Red, the Green, and here is the Yellow. If
children are pleased, and they are so kind as to say that they are pleased, the
Editor does not care very much for what other people may say. Now, there is one
gentleman who seems to think that it is not quite right to print so many fairy tales,
with pictures, and to publish them in red and blue covers. He is named Mr. G.
Laurence Gomme, and he is president of a learned body called the Folk Lore
Society. Once a year he makes his address to his subjects, of whom the Editor is
one, and Mr. Joseph Jacobs (who has published many delightful fairy tales with
pretty pictures)[1] is another. Fancy, then, the dismay of Mr. Jacobs, and of the
Editor, when they heard their president say that he did not think it very nice in
them to publish fairy books, above all, red, green, and blue fairy books! They said
that they did not see any harm in it, and they were ready to 'put themselves on
their country,' and be tried by a jury of children. And, indeed, they still see no
harm in what they have done; nay, like Father William in the poem, they are
ready 'to do it again and again.'
[1] You may buy them from Mr. Nutt, in the Strand.
Where is the harm? The truth is that the Folk Lore Society--made up of the most
clever, learned, and beautiful men and women of the country--is fond of studying
the history and geography of Fairy Land. This is contained in very old tales, such
as country people tell, and savages:
'Little Sioux and little Crow,
Little frosty Eskimo.'
These people are thought to know most about fairyland and its inhabitants. But,
in the Yellow Fairy Book, and the rest, are many tales by persons who are
neither savages nor rustics, such as Madame D'Aulnoy and Herr Hans Christian