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English Fairy Tales

Press: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (March 19, 2004)
Publication Date:2004-3
Author Name:Jacobs, Joseph; Batten, John D.;


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About the Author

Born in Australia in 1854, Joseph Jacobs spent most of his adult life in England where he became, with Andrew Lang, a prominent member of the English Folk Lore Society founded in 1878. 
He spent ten years collecting from storytellers or printed sources the fairy tales that were first published in two volumes in 1890 and 1894 and now appear here in one Everyman’s Library volume.
Jacobs was a cheerful man, with a down-to-earth attitude towards fairy tales, which he regarded as “essentially colloquial” rather than romantic.
Though his approach to collecting and recording material was scholarly, his telling of the tales was deliberately directed at young listeners, and he tried them out on his own three children.
He died in 1916.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     Interesting forklore read. Basically, tales from stories that we grew up with as kids. I would read it again!

  •     Unable to go smoothly from story to story. No table of contents. But it was a great read. Excellent selection. Well put together.

  •     this 'publisher' just takes ebooks from sites where they are offering them for free and passes them off as their own.

  •     I bought this to have a childhood memory I could recapture. Many of these fairy tales were new to me.

  •     Scare your kids

  •     My nephew didn't care for the book...The 5 stars are for prompt delivery, and well, who knew what he would like until reading it?

  •     This is, in fact, the collection of stories that Joseph Jacobs collected in the late 19th or early 20th century, inspired by the work of the Brothers Grimm. Jacobs traveled throughout the countryside of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and he wrote the stories down as much as possible in the language in which they were told to him -- old fashioned folklore collection. These collections used to be available in Dover Editions, although I don't know if they are still. (Do Dover books ever go out of print???) The table of contents is not navigable, which could be a nuisance, but free is a good price. You could try constructing your own "table of contents" using bookmarks or highlights....The stories are enjoyable, and fun to read aloud to kids. I'd give it 5 stars if the table of contents were navigable, take off 2 for the nuisance factor, add one because it's free. Four seems fair.

  •     Good book.

  •     If you're into English fairy tales. This makes a great read. Especially on a rainy day.

  •     These stories were written in a rough tone and have an unpolished feel to them. This is not necessarily a detraction, and some tales were better than other, but it was occasionally wearying to read them in the poor grammar of colloquial speech. Hence, four stars. Also, it lacks an interactive table of contents.Tales included are;Tom Tit TotThe Three SilliesThe Rose-TreeThe Old Woman and Her PigHow Jack Went to Seek His FortuneMr. VinegarNix Nought NothingJack HannafordBinnorieMouse and MouserCap o'RushesTeeny-TinyJack and the BeanstalkThe Story of the Three Little PigsThe Master and His PupilTitty Mouse and Tatty MouseJack and his Golden Snuff-BoxThe Story of the Three BearsJack the Giant-KillerHenny-PennyChilde RowlandMolly WhuppieThe Red EttinThe Golden ArmTHe History of Tom ThumbMr. FoxLazy JackJohnny-CakeEarl Mar's DaughterMr. MiaccaWhittington and his CatThe Strange VisitorThe Laidly Worm of Spindleston HeughThe Cat and the MouseThe Fish and the RingThe Magpie's NestKate CrackernutsThe Cauld Lad of HiltonThe Ass, the Table and the StickFairy OintmentThe Well of the World's EndMaster of All MastersThe Three Heads of the Well

  •     First let me say that this book is by Joseph Jacobs, while John Batten is the illustrator--which is useless in the kindle version, since there are no illustrations at all. I'm not sure why the error exists, since the book itself has the correct author on the first page.Anyway, this is a solid book of fairy tales (English ones, fancy that). Some of the stories are depressing or weird, but most of them are pretty typical fairy tales or folk tales (being either of princes and princesses or of really stupid peasants, respectively). I'd suggest reading through the book at least once before sharing it with children, because a few of the tales (like the one with the beautiful dead children) are probably ones you want to think hard about before subjecting your kids to them. Stories may also contain misogyny, bad role models, really stupid people, violence, and/or religious themes--but that's just how these sorts of fairy tales are, honestly.I already mentioned that there are no illustrations, but the captions are still present and occasionally slightly confusing.Contains the following stories:The Pied Piper of FranchvilleHereafterthisThe Golden BallMy Own SelfThe Black Bull of NorrowayYallery BrownThree FeathersSir Gammer VansTom HickathriftThe Hedley KowGobborn SeerLawkamercymeTattercoatsThe Wee BannockJohnny GlokeCoat O'ClayThe Three CowsThe Blinded GiantScrapefootThe Pedlar of SwaffhamThe Old WitchThe Three WishesThe Buried MoonA Son of AdamThe Children in the WoodThe HobyahsA Pottle O'BrainsThe King of England and His Three SonsKing John and the Abbot of CanterburyRushen CoatieThe King O'the CatsTamlaneThe Stars in the SkyNews!Puddock, Mousie and RattonThe Little Bull-CalfThe Wee, Wee MannieHabetrot and Scantlie MabOld Mother Wiggle-WaggleCatskinStupid's CriesThe Lambton WormThe Wise Men of Gotham (sadly, not about Batman)The Princess of Canterbury

  •     good read

  •     Expected a larger book


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