A Fada Oriana

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A Fada Oriana (OCLC 4063855), Portuguese for The Fairy Oriana, is one of the most emblematic children's book of Portuguese literature,[1] written in 1958 by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen.

The main character is a fairy who was given the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of a forest and its inhabitants, the animals and plants. After a while, Oriana befriends a nefarious fish, and while contemplating her image reflected in the river, Oriana is mesmerized by the fish. Deceived by the words of this fish, Oriana ends up neglecting and abandoning the forest, with serious consequences for its denizens. Deprived of her powers as punishment for this failure, Oriana begins a journey of self-consciousness to repair the evils caused by her omission.

The book is a subject on Portuguese Language teaching curricula.[2] It has been adapted to children's theatre several times,[3][4] and has inspired derived works of illustration[5] and animation.[6]


  1. ^ Otto Coelho, Sara (2014-07-02). "A Menina do Mar e a Fada Oriana chegam ao Panteão". Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 July 2015. A Menina do Mar e A Fada Oriana são [...] os mais icónicos (A Menina do Mar and A Fada Oriana are [...] the most iconic [...]) 
  2. ^ "MEC associa-se à homenagem a Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen". Governo de Portugal (in Portuguese). Ministry of Education and Science (Portugal). 2014-07-02. Retrieved 15 July 2015. No Ensino Básico, a lista de autores e textos portugueses acolhe, a título de exemplo, «A fada Oriana» 
  3. ^ "O mundo mágico da Fada Oriana". Público (in Portuguese). Público. 2004-03-06. Retrieved 15 July 2015. "A Fada Oriana" sobe hoje à cena pela mão da Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo/Teatro do Bolhão, no Porto. 
  4. ^ ""A Fada Oriana" esta tarde no centro cultural de Campo Maior". Rádio Elvas (in Portuguese). radioelvas.com. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "A Fada Oriana" (in Portuguese). ESAP - Escola Superior Artística do Porto, Guimarães. February 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Oriana". Kara Miranda Lawrence, Canada. April 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2015.