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English Fairy Tales

Joseph Jacobs

Book Overview: 

A collection of traditional English fairy tales.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Well, who should be there but her master's son, and what should he do but fall in love with her the minute he set eyes on her. He wouldn't dance with any one else.

But before the dance was done Cap o' Rushes slipt off, and away she went home. And when the other maids came back she was pretending to be asleep with her cap o' rushes on.

Well, next morning they said to her, "You did miss a sight, Cap o'

"What was that?" says she.

"Why, the beautifullest lady you ever see, dressed right gay and ga'.
The young master, he never took his eyes off her."

"Well, I should have liked to have seen her," says Cap o' Rushes.

"Well, there's to be another dance this evening, and perhaps she'll be there."

But, come the evening, Cap o' Rushes said she was too tired to go with them. Howsoever, when they were gone, she offed with her c. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Joseph Jacobs complained in the 19th century, "What Perrault began, the Grimms completed." All the fairy tales the children knew were French or German in origin. He tried to amend it, and so we have this and More English Fairy Tales.

You will indeed recognize a few, most likely. "The Three Bears" is

One of the reasons I wanted to read this classic work, published in the late 19th century was to try to recognize the distinction between the Grimm tales (German), and the English Fairy Tales. I suspected some cultural appropriation even back then, and I was not wrong. Jacobs believed he was safe in

This is one of the best collections. Jacobs combed the folklore collections and periodicals of his day for this set of tales. Strong and memorable tellings of old favorites, in ways you won't remember hearing as a kid. Three Pigs, Three Bears, Johnny Cake (aka Gingerbread Boy), Tom Tit Tot (Rumpelst

when i was a little girl, and would stay over at my grandmother's house, i would always need a stack of books to entertain me. i would bring my own, of course, and when i ran out of those, as i invariably would, she would take me to her local library, which was always a treat. a new library! differe

Jacobs mentions at the beginning that the tales in this book should be read out loud but I think parents should probably read the tales before they go and blab it to their kids. Not to say that their are a whole bunch of brutal killings but its not all sunshine and daisies all the time neither. I kn

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