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English Fairy Tales Collected By Joseph Jacobs

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A book by Joseph Jacobs

Forty-three classic fairy tales, as first recorded by Joseph Jacobs, including the original versions of classics such as: "Jack And The Beanstalk" "The Three Little Pigs" "Tom Thumb" "Henny-Penny" "The Three Bears"

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Author: Joseph Jacobs
Publisher: CreateSpace
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Many humorous tales which are fun to read

  • Oct 19, 2010
This book has 43 of the 140 fairy tales that Joseph Jacobs found in England, including such famous tales as The History of Tom Thumb, Jack and the Giant Killer, The Story of the Three Bears, and Jack and the Beanstalk. He tells us that he wrote this book for children. He says that he calls them "fairy tales," even though only a few of them deal with fairies, because this is the name children give to folk tales. He tells us that we will find that most of them are "droll," somewhat funny. What he says is true: beside the humor in the tales, Jacobs writes them in a funny way.

The first tale Tom Tit Tot is a good example. A girl gets herself into a humorous situation, which I will leave the reader to find out, and marries a king on the condition that she can enjoy her life with him to the fullest for eleven months, but must take flax and weave five skeins every day during the twelfth month. All goes well until the twelfth month when the king insists that she start weaving the skeins. When the king leaves, she starts crying bitterly because she cannot do it. Suddenly, a small black creature with a tail comes and offers to weave the flax on the condition that she belong to it at the end of the month if she cannot tell it its name. She agrees and the reader will learn how she finds out the creature's name.

The Three Sillies is another example. It tells the story of a man who was thinking of marrying a girl and discovered that she and her parents had profoundly silly ideas. He said he would go traveling and if he found three more people with silly ideas, he would return and marry the girl. He found them and readers will enjoy reading what they are. Jacobs ends the tale in his usual humorous way: he "married the farmer's daughter, and if they didn't live happy for ever after, that's nothing to do with you or me."

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