Édouard René Lefèbvre de Laboulaye was a French poet, author, activist and professor. The author was born in 1811, and was an avid reader of fairy tales. He collected and published stories for children for his grandchildren, with author Mary Booth contributing English translations. The stories came from Italy, Norway, Arabia, and other regions. Laboulaye has another claim to fame in America and France, as he first came up with the idea of the Statue of Liberty as a gift for the United States.