In a town where a lot of poor people suffer, a swallow who was left behind after his flock flew off to Egypt for the winter meets the statue of the late "Happy Prince", who in reality has never experienced true happiness. Viewing various scenes of people suffering in poverty from his tall monument, the Happy Prince asks the swallow to take the ruby from his hilt, the sapphires from his eyes, and the golden leaf covering his body to give to the poor. As the winter comes and the Happy Prince is stripped of all of his beauty, his lead heart breaks when the swallow dies as a result of his selfless deeds. The statue is then torn down and melted leaving behind the broken heart and the dead swallow which are taken up to heaven by an angel that has deemed them the two most precious things in the God’s city, so they may live forever in his city of gold and garden of paradise.
The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of short stories for children, written by Oscar Wilde, and published in May 1888. Oscar Wilde (16th October 1854 – 30th November 1900) was a profound Irish writer and poet, writing in many different forms throughout the 1800s. He also became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the 1890s.
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Michael Gallen is an Irish composer and musician, playing piano, singing and songwriting for Dublin-based music group Ana Gog. Michael’s voice has featured on many readings for Athena Media productions including the NYF Radio Gold award winning series Citizens: Lockout 1913 2013.
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A throwback to childhood
It's a different but equally enjoyable experience.
I always feel sad when the eyes get plucked out even though the Swallow doesn't want to do it
His voice is soothing and lovely to listen to as it brings this childhood story to life
The ending - I don't want to give it away to anyone who isn't familiar with the story
An old classic brought to life