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A collection of classic Fantasy short stories by H.G. Wells, Ursula Le Guin, E. Nesbit, Hugh Lofting, Ruth Ainsworth, Joan Aiken, Mary Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Norton Juster, Washington Irving, Lewis Carroll, Eric Linklater, C.S. Lewis, Alan Garner, Helen Cresswell and L. Frank Baum.


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A collection of classic Fantasy short stories by H.G. Wells, Ursula Le Guin, E. Nesbit, Hugh Lofting, Ruth Ainsworth, Joan Aiken, Mary Norton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Norton Juster, Washington Irving, Lewis Carroll, Eric Linklater, C.S. Lewis, Alan Garner, Helen Cresswell and L. Frank Baum.

42 review for Over the Rainbow: Tales of Fantasy and Imagination

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I am disappointed. I was expecting short stories from the selected authors, but what I got was a chapter out of each author's larger books. It felt a bit like reading a very long back cover of each book and I was never happy with the "endings" (as they weren't quite endings and only beginnings) and the stories all end quite unexpectantly. I think the only possible way this collection might be interesting is if you were wondering if any of the included authors were worth reading. But then you're I am disappointed. I was expecting short stories from the selected authors, but what I got was a chapter out of each author's larger books. It felt a bit like reading a very long back cover of each book and I was never happy with the "endings" (as they weren't quite endings and only beginnings) and the stories all end quite unexpectantly. I think the only possible way this collection might be interesting is if you were wondering if any of the included authors were worth reading. But then you're already reading them, so I find it to be an entire waste of time. I have, however, discovered that I would indeed like to read The Phantom Tollbooth. I've had it recommended to me many-a time and now I know why. Also, I always thought those two characters on the cover looked remarkably like Bilbo and Gollum.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ken Bickley

    This little book of fantasy stories for children (ostensibly) is NOT by H. G. Wells. The editor goes un-credited; the first story is by Wells. It's a fun read, including stories by C. S. Lewis (from Narnia), Tolkien (from "The Hobbit") and Baum (from "The Wonderful Land of Oz") as well as other less-well-known authors. If you like whimsical fantasy, or just like to re-live childhood memories, you will enjoy it too. This little book of fantasy stories for children (ostensibly) is NOT by H. G. Wells. The editor goes un-credited; the first story is by Wells. It's a fun read, including stories by C. S. Lewis (from Narnia), Tolkien (from "The Hobbit") and Baum (from "The Wonderful Land of Oz") as well as other less-well-known authors. If you like whimsical fantasy, or just like to re-live childhood memories, you will enjoy it too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Tucker

    A great introduction to classic fantasy books-encourages young readers to read the books featured.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book really frustrated me. Some of the stories are quite good, but few of them are standalone tales; instead, they are single (and sometimes SO ill-chosen) chapters from works by well-known authors. Of the 16 entries in the collection, only 5 were not excerpts of other stories. Nearly all of the original books would rate 4 or 5 stars, but these disembodied snippets from them do not. This was saved from a 1-star rating because I already love so many of the included authors, and was intr This book really frustrated me. Some of the stories are quite good, but few of them are standalone tales; instead, they are single (and sometimes SO ill-chosen) chapters from works by well-known authors. Of the 16 entries in the collection, only 5 were not excerpts of other stories. Nearly all of the original books would rate 4 or 5 stars, but these disembodied snippets from them do not. This was saved from a 1-star rating because I already love so many of the included authors, and was introduced to a few that I really liked. This collection should have been clearly titled as a sampler or somehow indicated that it wasn’t an anthology of individual stories; there’s no introduction, foreword, or preface to clue you in, and the page headers name the chapter titles rather than the original books they come from. Only the table of contents notes which are excerpts. I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed the chapters by Tolkien, Le Guin, C.S. Lewis, Baum, and Lewis Carroll all that much if I hadn’t already known and loved the books they came from. I liked most of the excerpts by authors new to me, but the inclusion of so many unfamiliar elements/characters without the explanations that would have been in the original stories (not to mention the arbitrary endings!) was extremely frustrating. The best: I really liked the excerpted by Mary Norton and Alan Garner, and want to read more from them. Of the complete stories, I especially liked “The White-haired Children;” it was haunting and lovely. The worst: “By Caldron Pool” from C.S. Lewis’ The Last Battle—It started with a lot of unpleasantness, got even worse, and finally ended on a truly awful note with no resolution whatsoever. The worst choice for an excerpt I’ve ever seen. It upset me so much that even as a Narnia fan, I wish I hadn’t read it at all.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Jacobson

    3.75 This was a fun bind-up of random stories and I enjoyed it! It wasn't brilliant but it was fun and I had fun reading it. 3.75 This was a fun bind-up of random stories and I enjoyed it! It wasn't brilliant but it was fun and I had fun reading it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lissa

    Great collection of short and abridged stories. For the young and young at heart

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wrist

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Musselman

  11. 5 out of 5

    william

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jason Franks

  13. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Wickison

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alana

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    Alyssa Phillips

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chad Brubaker

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meri

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paul Holmlund

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kjirstin

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  25. 5 out of 5

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    Dan Chisholm

  29. 4 out of 5

    Koeniou

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leah Wilner-Deutsch

  31. 4 out of 5

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    Megan Beam

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  35. 4 out of 5

    Jacinda

  36. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

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    BookDB

  38. 5 out of 5

    Fernanda

  39. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  40. 4 out of 5

    Think Outside The Books

  41. 4 out of 5

    Wrestles_with_paper

  42. 4 out of 5

    Karen

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