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English Fairy Tales

Joseph Jacobs (1854-1916)

1. 00 – Preface
2. 01 – Tom Tit Tot
3. 02 – The Three Sillies
4. 03 – The Rose Tree
5. 04 – The Old Woman and Her Pig
6. 05 – How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune
7. 06 – Mr. Vinegar
8. 07 – Nix Nought Nothing
9. 08 – Jack Hannaford
10. 09 – Binnorie
11. 10 – Mouse and Mouser
12. 11 – Cap o’ Rushes
13. 12 – Teeny-tiny
14. 13 – Jack and the Beanstalk
15. 14 – The Story of the Three Little Pigs
16. 15 – The Master and His Pupil
17. 16 – Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse
18. 17 – Jack and His Golden Snuff-Box
19. 18 – The Story of the Three Bears
20. 19 – Jack the Giant-Killer
21. 20 – Henny Penny
22. 21 – Childe Rowland
23. 22 – Molly Whuppie
24. 23 – The Red Ettin
25. 24 – The Golden Arm
26. 25 – The History of Tom Thumb
27. 26 – Mr. Fox
28. 27 – Lazy Jack
29. 28 – Johnny-Cake
30. 29 – Earl Mar’s Daughter
31. 30 – Mr. Miacca
32. 31 – Whittington and His Cat
33. 32 – The Strange Visitor
34. 33 – The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh
35. 34 – The Cat and the Mouse
36. 35 – The Fish and the Ring
37. 36 – The Magpie’s Next
38. 37 – Kate Crackernuts
39. 38 – The Cauld Lad of Hilton
40. 39 – The Ass, the Table, and the Stick
41. 40 – Fairy Ointment
42. 41 – The Well of the World’s End
43. 42 – Master of All Masters
44. 43 – The Three Heads of the Well

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Summary

Jack the Giant-Killer, Tom Thumb, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Henny Penny, Dick Whittington, The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and a host of immortal characters are found in this delightful collection of English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. The book made its first appearance in 1890 and has remained a firm favorite with both young and old ever since. Fairy tales have traditionally emanated from France and Germany. The famous compilations by La Fontaine and the Brothers Grimm have overshadowed children's literature for centuries. Yet, many of the stories we recount to children today have an English origin, something that we were unaware of. The author, Joseph Jacobs, was an Australian folklorist and historian who painstakingly compiled them from various sources. In the preface to the first edition he recounts how he collected some stories from the descendants of English immigrants in America and Australia, while he sourced others from English gypsies and old ballads. In many cases he had to rewrite and retell those stories which existed in verse form or in ancient dialects. Older forms of English had to be tailored to suit modern readers, while some of the more objectionable parts had to be discarded. Wicked step-mothers, rampaging giants, damsels in distress, gallant princes and evil spells are some of the staples in this fascinating collection. The author himself states that it was his intention to create a book in which the stories would sound as if they were being narrated by an old nurse or grandmother. Hence, the style is simple, direct and like he states, meant to be read aloud and not visually. The original edition also included extensive notes on the source from which he collected the stories and reference material which is of great interest to folk-lore enthusiasts. Such was the impact of some of the stories that they are referenced in Shakespeare's plays and provided inspiration for poets like Milton. The highlight of the book for serious readers is the elaborate footnotes which provide a great deal of information about different variants of these stories that are told in other parts of the world. One of the most attractive features in the book are the charming illustrations that accompany each tale. The book is a delightful read for both parents and children. Apart from old favorites, there are many new tales which most people would not have encountered like “Nix Nought Nothing” “The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh” or “The Earl of Mar's Daughter.”

Reviews

Kristen Galardi

Sweet stories that engaged my little ones at ages 4 and 2.5.

Annesha

- Great

My grand parents died before my birth. So, I must thank for this audio book which remind me that UK is always "THE BEST".

I don't know if the problem is the authors or the readers but... Scotch is Whisky the people are Scots.