“A companion volume to the exceptional The Lady and the Linden Tree, this illustrates once again Miss Picard's knack of wrapping new story fabric around traditional material. The fourteen fairy tales presented here have ingenious plots and imaginative characterizations (worldly or otherwise); witness Count Bertrand and his strange triumph over Death; Count Alaric's Lady in which the Count meets the demands of perfect love, Tiger Lily and the Dragon, where poetry finds more than its own reward, and the title story's vivid climax. Fourteen tale-spinning delights.” Kirkus Review
Barbara Leonie Picard was born in England in 1917 of mixed German-Venezuelan and French parentage. A long time resident of Lewes, Sussex, England, she died in 2011 at the age of 93. Several of her books were short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, and were selected as Notable Children’s Books by the American Library Association.