Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp
The tale of Aladdin, a poor boy who finds a magic lamp containing a genie and eventually marries a princess, is one of Scheherezadeís from One Thousand and One Nights, and one of the best known. It has been told many times, in many forms and settings including opera, film, and of course many childrenís picture books. This one ñ from 1934 and illustrated by C.H. Lawrence ñ is a fine example.
The vivid imagery of Aladdinís story is one reason it is so beloved over such a long period of time. The cave with its jeweled walls, the all powerful lamp, the genieís sudden appearances, the Sultanís court and the beautiful Princess ñ all these are wonderfully rendered by the artist C.H. Lawrence. Paired with a text that keeps the storyís potency, but simplifies it for younger readers ñ this is a wonderful Aladdin for parents and children to share.