Olcott’s The Book of Elves and Fairies

With its gorgeous illustrations, “Olcott’s The Book of Elves and Fairies” accounts of elfin mounds and fairy hills abound here. So do fables of little men and treasures of gold, fairy servants, and spirits of water, forest, and meadow. Nearly 50 charming fairy tales and fantasies â gathered from Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, China, and other faraway places are retold here. 

Stories are divided by subjects. For example, “Little Men and Treasures of Gold” includes “The Boy who Found the Pot of Gold” and “Tom and the Knockers”, while the section called “Fairy Servants in the House” includes “The Pixies”, “Elsa and the Ten Elves” and a wonderful Basque tale called “The Fairy’s Servants”. This book is a wonderful edition to anyone’s library and recommended for children ages 10 and up.

View and download for free at The Internet Archive.

ABOUT FRANCIS JENKINS OLCOTT (1872 – 1963) Author & Librarian: Frances Jenkins Olcott founded the Training School at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and impacted the development of children’s services in general. She was born in 1972 in Paris, France. In 1896 she graduate from Melvil Dewey’s New York State Library School. Directly out of library school, she got a job as an assistant librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. The following year she moved to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where she was given the task of creating a children’s department. She opened the Library’s Training School in 1900 and was director of the School and the Children’s Department until 1911. She emphasized in her practice that public libraries have an educational role to play in the lives of children. She used the library and training school to test new ideas about innovative practice. She would then publish her observations in the professional literature so that the whole country could benefit from her experiences. The graduates of the training school also helped spread her ideas on best practice throughout the country. In 1911, she retired from the library profession so that she could devote herself to her writing. By the time of her death on March 29, 1963, she had written over 24 books for children along with a number of professional works.

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