The Princess Fair-star, in love with Prince Chery, whom she sets to obtain for her “the dancing water,” “the singing apple,” and “the green bird” (q.v.). This tale is borrowed from the fairy tales of Straparola the Milanese. (1550.) Chery and Fair-star, by the Countess d'Aulnoy.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894