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As a child, she took a wide interest in reading books. She and her two sisters wrote and acted in their own plays. She described her childhood as "extraordinarily happy According to a story she tells in the foreword to Scottish Folk Tales , she spent her summers in a farmhouse in the Scottish Highlands named "Shian", which she says means the place where fairies live. There old Granny Stewart loved to tell stories and Manning loved to listen to them.
Manning studied English literature and Shakespearean studies at Manchester University , and married the English artist George Sanders in , when they both changed their names to Manning-Sanders. She spent much of her early married life touring Britain in a horse-drawn caravan and working in a circus , a topic she wrote about extensively.
The family eventually moved into a cottage in the fishing hamlet of Land's End , Cornwall. One of their two children, Joan — , found fame as a teenage artist in the s. After the Second World War and her husband's accidental death in , Manning-Sanders took to publishing dozens of fairy-tale anthologies, mostly during the s and s. She writes in the foreword to a anthology, A Choice of Magic.
There can be no new fairy tales.
They are records of the time when the world was very young; and never, in these latter days, can they, or anything like them, be told again. Should you try to invent a new fairy tale you will not succeed the tale rings false, the magic is spurious. For the true world of magic is ringed round with high, high walls that cannot be broken down. There is but one little door in the high walls which surround that world — the little door of " once upon a time and never again.
Some of Manning-Saunders's fairy-tale compilations include a discursive foreword on the origins of the tales retold. She goes out of her way to say "not all dragons want to gobble up princesses. Insight into how Manning-Sanders believed fairy tales should usually end is given in her foreword to A Book of Witches.
Now in all these stories, as in fairy tales about witches in general, you may be sure of one thing however terrible the witches may seem — and whatever power they may have to lay spells on people and to work mischief — they are always defeated. Because it is the absolute and very comforting rule of the fairy tale that the good and brave shall be rewarded, and that bad people shall come to a bad end.
And so you will find, as you read these stories, that they all have one thing in common.
Though they come from many different countries, and were told long, long ago by simple people separated that they may not even have known of each other's existence, yet the stories these people told are all alike in this they every one have a happy ending. The dust jacket for A Book of Giants notes "her wit and good humour.
Kaylee is a master prankster. So is the Tooth Fairy, however. When Kaylee loses a tooth, the two pranking champions inevitably have a face-off and decide to share the title of Princess of Pranks.
This edition contains all of her fairy books, including the fairies of the four seasons, Tree fairies, Garden fairies, and Wayside fairies. It is a combination of poems and original illustrations.
When Rachel and Kirsty find Ruby the Red fairy in a pot at the end of the rainbow, they discover that she and her sisters, the rainbow fairies, have been exiled from Fairyland by Jack Frost. Without them, Fairyland loses all of its color and life. Together, Rachel and Kirsty have to find them and help them save their home. Each book in this series features a different Rainbow fairy.
Flory is a young night fairy when a bat deprives her of her wings. Now she has to learn to adapt and survive in a dangerous world, and perhaps try to become a day fairy instead.
When the Grace children—twins Jared and Simon and their older sister Mallory—move into an old mansion with their mother, they discover an old book created by their ancestor Sir Arthur Spiderwick. The book, a field guide, introduces them to the world of faerie creatures. Yet possessing the guide and knowing the secret of the faerie puts them in unexpected danger….
September is bored with life at home.
Her father has gone to war, her mother works, and she is alone at home, when the Green Wind comes and invites her on an adventure to Fairyland. There, the new Marquess tasks her with finding a special talisman in the enchanted woods. If September does not retrieve it, Fairyland will suffer. When Ella is born, she is given the gift of obedience by her fairy godmother. Except…most of the time, it feels like a curse. So, one day, Ella sets out to break it once and for all, and along the way, to save the kingdom.