fairy story

Definitions

  • From Children's Stories from Italian Fairy Tales
    From Children's Stories from Italian Fairy Tales
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fairy story an interesting but highly implausible story; often told as an excuse
    • n fairy story a story about fairies; told to amuse children
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From Children's Stories from French Fairy Tales From Children's Stories from French Fairy Tales

Usage

In literature:

There is something romantic, like a fairy story, in a treasure cave.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
That's in a book of fairy stories, and you said you knew the girl, Isabel St.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
Coming round the walk he sees Cecil in the hammock, and Violet is telling her a fairy story.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Outside of their traditions, their stories deal largely with the supernatural in the form of ghosts and fairies.
"Short Sketches from Oldest America" by John Driggs
Her fairy story to-day had to do with the bold and handsome Waratah which ran mad in the bush behind her home, towards Middle Harbour.
"An Australian Lassie" by Lilian Turner
She scarcely spoke of her sister, and seemed content to sit by my side and read fairy stories.
"A Young Mutineer" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
Before we quit the subject of fairy births, we have a few more stories to discuss.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
It's a story about a giant an' a fairy, an' a prince an' princess.
"The Wild Man of the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
I was going to tell a story, a fairy story.
"Little Prudy" by Sophie May
The one thing I always wanted was to see a fairy story come true.
"Sara Crewe" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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In poetry:

Much we loved his stories told
Of a country strange and old,
Where the fairies danced till dawn,
And the goblin Leprecaun
Looked, we thought, like Morrison.
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Like some great giant of our childhood's stories,
Charm'd by the glamour of a fairy queen,
Beneath this overflow of noonday glories
We see no more the fury which has been.
"The Cradle On The Shore. On The Picture" by Samuel John Stone
Tell us a story to make us see
Things that gleamed on us long ago
Daisy meadows and fairy rings,
Greening woods, where the brown thrush sings,
And the shining blue where a sea-gull wings,
Teller of tales!
"The Working Children To The Story Teller" by Laura Benet
And the dreadful story, spreading
Through Elfland circles, may be
The reason why never a fairy
In these later years we see,
While children in all the old, old stories
Found them as plenty as morning glories!
"Pussy Cat's Doing" by Clara Doty Bates
In the end, the mountains of imagination were nothing
but a house.
And this grand life of mine was nothing but an excuse.
You've been hearing my story so patiently for a lifetime
Now hear this: it was nothing but a fairy tale.
"In the End" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
"Wisha, where were all the Careys? Sure the rain might melt the fairies!"
"Faith, and if it was the races then, they wouldn't stop away."
"That'd be another story; there they'd be in all their glory-
Wisha, what could keep them all from Mass to-day!
"The Careys" by John O Brien

In news:

' Beastly ' review: This story of a beauty and a beast is no fairy tale.
Heaven is "a fairy story ".
Physicist Stephen Hawking believes there is no afterlife, and that the concept of heaven is a " fairy story " for people who fear death.
Bernanke's fairy tale recession story for kids.
Stories, music and fairies too.
The story has an almost fairy-tale quality to it, especially since Howard fights a daily battle with a neurological disorder called Tourette 's Syndrome.
Fairy tales and other traditional stories aside, it's British writers, most of them active from the late 1800s to about 1950, who created the canon of works for children that most of us grew up with.
Originally released in the anthology Once Upon a Midnight, Roberts's short story is a sentimental fairy tale in which Aurora is destined to reclaim her dead parents' throne from an evil sorcerer king who has subjugated her kingdom.
Well now BIG FISH offers many fantasy games that give you a very similar escape with a fairy tale theme--and you get to control the story's ending.
Hawking has recently given interviews declaring that "heaven is a fairy story" and "science makes God unnecessary.
Heaven is "a fairy story".
Physicist Stephen Hawking believes there is no afterlife, and that the concept of heaven is a "fairy story" for people who fear death.
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking said in an interview with the UK Guardian published Monday that he rejects the idea of heaven, calling it a 'fairy story' for people afraid to die.
THE story of Ireland is like a fairy tale: from rags to riches and back to rags again.
With the Princess Sofia controversy and the idea of a Latina princess on everyone's mind, we wondered what stories might lend themselves to a Latina fairy tale film.
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