The Happy Prince (Hardcover)

A Tale by Oscar Wilde

By Maisie Paradise Shearring

Thames & Hudson, 9780500651117, 48pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

List Price: 14.95*
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A beautifully illustrated retelling of Oscar Wilde’s classic story

Originally published by Oscar Wilde in 1888, The Happy Prince is the much- loved story of a gilded statue, a kind- hearted Swallow, and generosity of spirit. A Swallow bound for Egypt takes refuge at the feet of a golden statue of a prince erected in a European town, agreeing to bring pieces of the statue to less fortunate city dwellers at the request of the prince himself.

Illustrator Maisie Paradise Shearring offers a lively take on this well- known tale, creating each scene in whimsical detail. This fresh perspective appeals to a new generation of children, while imparting an important life lesson at the same time.

About the Author

Maisie Paradise Shearring is an illustrator. She is the recipient of the Bologna Children's Book Fair International Award for Illustration 2015.

Praise For The Happy Prince: A Tale by Oscar Wilde

Shearring’s illustrations are attractive and interesting… This adaptation of Wilde’s well-known tale of friendship between a beloved prince’s statue and a swallow on the way to its winter home in Egypt emphasizes the fantasy of the original.