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The Book of Elves and Fairies

Frances Jenkins Olcott

Book Overview: 

Lots of stories and poems about elves, faeries and other wonderful wee folk. If you want a break from the harsh 'real' world, come relax for awhile in fairyland where troubles are solved by magic and perhaps a kiss or two.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .that this bottle is better for you than all the money you will get for the cow at Cork—aye, than ten thousand times as much.”

Mick laughed again. “Why, then,” said he, “do you think I am such a fool as to give my good cow for a bottle—and an empty one, too! Indeed, then, I won’t!”

“You’d better give me the cow, and take the bottle—you’ll not be sorry for it,” said the little man.

“Why, then, what would Molly say? I’d never hear the last of it! And how should I pay the rent? And what should we do without a penny of money?”

[Pg 48]“When you go home, never mind if your wife is angry,” answered the little man, “but quiet yourself, and make her sweep the room, and set the table in the middle of the floor, and spread the best cover on it. Then put the bottle on the ground, saying these words: ‘Bottle, do your duty!R. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a book of fairy tales in the truest sense of the word - every single one of the tales that Olcott collected from all over the world contains some member of the fae. It was refreshing that tales from the Eastern hemisphere were also included.