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The Fairy Book

Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Book Overview: 

Collection of classic stories for children

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Jack up in that room, while he went to fetch another giant, who lived in the same wood, to enjoy a dinner off Jack's flesh with him. While he was away, Jack heard dreadful shrieks, groans, and cries from many parts of the castle; and soon after he heard a mournful voice repeat these lines:—

"Haste, valiant stranger, haste away,
Lest you become the giant's prey.
On his return he'll bring another,
Still more savage than his brother;
A horrid, cruel monster, who,
Before he kills, will torture you.
Oh valiant stranger! haste away,
Or you'll become these giants' prey."

This warning was so shocking to poor Jack, that he was ready to go mad. He ran to the window, and saw the two giants coming along arm in arm. This window was right over the gates of the castle. "Now," thought Jack, "either my death or freedom is at hand."

There were two strong cords in the room. Jack made a large noose, with a slip. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The writing was nothing out of the ordinary, but the incredible illustrations made this a childhood standout.

Goble's illustrations are magical.

My favourite childhood book, I read a version that had belonged to my grandmother, who I never knew as she died when my dad was about 10 years old. I felt a link to her, reading her book.