ENGLISH FAIRY TALES BOOK
ENGLISH FAIRY TALES, New Edition [Joseph Jacobs] on resourceone.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Who says that English folk have no fairy-tales of. 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. English Fairy Tales book. Read 60 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This book contains over forty of the best-loved fairy stories.
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English Fairy Tales book. Read 82 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This book was converted from its physical edition to the digita. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. No cover available. A collection of 87 classic English fairy tales, with black-and-white illustrations earn your way to a free book! English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. Buy.
I could go on, the obvious examples of pilfering are endless. But there are plenty of uniquely English creations too, such as the two examples quoted above, as well as a whole welter of stories containing giants 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Jack the Giant Slayer' etc which contain variations on this memorable and frightening verse: I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he alive, or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread! Sep 23, Lori added it Shelves: I loved the story of the Cinder Maid. It was interesting how different it was from the ways I have heard it before and I thought how interesting it is how much fairy tales change person to person and from time to time.
I highly recommend it! I thought that I was familiar with most of the traditional English fairy tales, but this book is filled with some decidedly weird ones! The ones which are well known are easily identifiable as those where the hero is a valiant example of mankind, the princess is a typically lovely damsel, or the humour doesn't stray too far to the macabre, but I'm glad that Steel included some of the stranger tales in this volume.
Just like other fairytales, they tell us how humanity lives, the things we fear, a I thought that I was familiar with most of the traditional English fairy tales, but this book is filled with some decidedly weird ones!
Just like other fairytales, they tell us how humanity lives, the things we fear, and ultimately of the intellectual creativity that abounded even in simpler times. Some of the lesser known stories may be a bit more disjointed in their telling and lack that crucial magic that makes other stories more popular, but some of them are even more amusing in their raw, whimsical forms.
I particularly enjoyed the luxurious story and the eleves in "The Golden Snuff-Box," a tale which I am surprised hasn't gotten a movie treatment yetm and the story of Mr. Vinegar, a couple so frivolous and ridiculous that you can't help but laugh at their misfortune.
In its raw form it doesn't have a lot going for it, but its moral about finding the benefit in whatever the universe gifts you with is excellent, and I couldn't help but find the old woman to be similar in character to the equally cheerful and indominatable Sophie Hatter from Diana Wynne Jones' Howl's Moving Castle. Arthur Rackham's illustrations for the stories were also very good, as expected, and benefitted from the oversized page-size of this particular volume.
My favourite illustration, which I hadn't been familiar with before, was the ones to accompany "The Two Sisters. I kind of wish that Rackham had chosen to illustrate more of these stories in the style of modern children's books, but the publication limits of the time dictate that he mostly stick to books of compiled tales.
It's a great way to explore a range of stories and a range of his artwork, but the broader stories would have given him so much more room to explore them - and you know I'm always in favour of more artwork! Apr 05, Douglas Cootey rated it really liked it Shelves: There were many wonderful fairy tales included in Jacobs' collection which is actually two books compiled as one , but my reading spurts would be stopped cold by the occasional klunker.
In the end, however, I enjoyed the book, most especially because of the footnotes from the author at the end of the book. Sometimes he'd admit he had no idea what particular expressions meant, including them in for their flavor. Sometimes he'd admit a story was an amalgamation of different stories taken fro There were many wonderful fairy tales included in Jacobs' collection which is actually two books compiled as one , but my reading spurts would be stopped cold by the occasional klunker.
Sometimes he'd admit a story was an amalgamation of different stories taken from various sources. I enjoyed reading his occasional comments on the Grimm brothers as peers. Even though their work preceded him by decades, they were writing in the same era. And then he'd write dissertations on the folktale's origins as he did for "Childe Rowland", a story so well known in Shakespeare's day that it was referenced in King Lear, where Jacobs discussed how the themes of the tale inspired Milton, how the original people of the mounds were the originators of all things fae.
In the end, I found more than a handful of unknown fairy tales that entertained and delighted. Fairies got up to no good; evil step mothers reined unholy terror on their poor stepdaughters; clever children were very clever indeed; predecessors to famous tales like Jack and the Beanstalk, Rumpelstiltskin, the Three Bears without Goldilocks , and Sleeping Beauty had an otherworldly feel due to their originality; and delightfully, thieves were allowed to be thieves—even heroes—without any sententious messages on the evils of crime.
Although I was not a fan of the silly, repetitious folktales peppered throughout the collection, the longer folktales didn't disappoint.
There is apparently an edition out there of this book illustrated by Arthur Rackham. Whether they are original illustrations or those borrowed from other books, I hope to one day add it to my paper book collection. Sep 14, Derek Davis rated it it was amazing. This late 19th century collection is utterly charming. Though Jacobs put the stories together for children with, in some cases, fairly extensive rewriting , his chats and asides to adults are worth reading to the last word—even and especially the footnotes.
English Fairy Tales
The tales read, for the most part, like quiet evening retellings that your favorite aunt might unroll. Despite the Victorian times when we was working, they are little toned down.
He trusts kids to be able to handle the random brutality tha This late 19th century collection is utterly charming. He trusts kids to be able to handle the random brutality that gives the stories so much of their life. His rewriting is generally for clarity, filling in and filling out holes in continuity. This must have been an incredibly influential collection, as you find in the footnotes, where he gives the specific source s for each tale, along with a selection of pointers to variants, both English and continental, along with other remarks.
Indeed, it seems that several of our most popular tales were disseminated directly from Jacobs. He notes only one obscure source each for the Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk in the latter case, an oral telling in Australia!
And The Three Bears is not even a folktale as such: It was written by a single author, with a nasty old bat as the interloper, rather than lovely Goldilocks. At the time Jacobs was writing, Goldilocks did not yet exist, though he mentions that some retold the story with a little "Silverhaired Girl. His humor is also infectious, especially when he chides other commentators such as Baring-Gould for their more rarefied academic tomfoolery about mythology. Altogether, a wonderful piece of work.
Jun 30, Plainsboro Public Library rated it it was amazing Shelves: This collection of fairy tales is perfect for bedtime stories for kids. The fairy tales are original and unabridged. The stories are very interesting and many of them are humorous.
There are illustrations drawn for every story- even though the drawings are in black and white, they convey much detail, and are quite beautiful. The drawings are incorporated into the text.
There are many popular stories, such as The Three Little Pigs, The Thre This collection of fairy tales is perfect for bedtime stories for kids. The author presents each fairy tale as one chapter in the book.
Each story is easily comprehensible and is enchanting. Every story turns out to be just as interesting as the one before, therefore this is a great book for anyone to read, anytime.
I would have preferred if the text was a larger, and if the images were colored, yet once I began reading, I was too interested and overlooked such minor details. Some stories have the classic happily-ever-after ending, while others are eerie and depressing. The Little Red Riding Hood is quite depressing because the main character is eaten by a wolf!
The insidious plot in which the wolf pretends to be the grandmother and his malevolent goals makes the story rather gloomy. However, stories like Lazy Jack and The Three Sillies are hilarious because of their comical characters. Therefore, it is a great read for children; and a reminder of their youth for adults. Recommended for 2nd grade and up.
Raaga, Grade Jan 15, Rebecca Ann rated it liked it Shelves: The notes in the back of this book explain why these versions of fairytales are not well known.
The English stories have less atmosphere, unclear motives, unsatisfying conclusions, gritty and violent descriptions, and more adult themes. They come closer to real life and are missing the magical element I most enjoy in The notes in the back of this book explain why these versions of fairytales are not well known. They come closer to real life and are missing the magical element I most enjoy in fairy-tales.
For example the English version of Goldilocks is called "the three bears", instead of a little girl, there is an old woman in Goldilocks' place who says rude words every time a bowl of porridge or chair or bed doesn't work out. This book was still interesting for experiencing the difference between tellings, and there were a few tales I liked enough to look for better versions elsewhere, lol.
While I really like fairy tales from all over the world and some of my favourites are English among them The three bears and Jack and the beanstalk , this collection by Flora Annie Steel is really crude and creepy! Feb 25, Kristina rated it liked it Shelves: While some of the tales in this book were quite interesting, there were others that were pretty dreary and difficult to get through.
Some of the tales are very similar stories to other fairy tales that you're probably familiar with, but I think that overlapping occurred a lot back in the day. A lot of these tales deal with giants, which was a bit daunting after the first story or two.
Also, there was another tale towards the end that was very strange and I had to make sure that I'd actually read it correctly. Uhm, what did I just read? Heck yes, because reading folklore from different cultures is entertaining to me and not to mention interesting. If you're a fan of fairy tales. Nov 02, Gabby rated it really liked it.
Beautifully written set of the most classic recognizable stories. They loose their more gory aspect, although they are more blunt. For example in the story of Tom-Tit-Tot one of my favorite She finds his name in a very practical way - in a conversation with her husband the king.
Dec 03, Cha. Aug 22, Rae Coleman rated it liked it. I actually couldn't finish this book, as much as I wanted to! I probably only read a quarter of it before I gave up. Classic stories though, so I'm not bashing the book at all! Aug 31, rathi. It's a good collection of fairy tales and other forms - which the author rather goes on about in the preface and the end notes.
Some I've read before, some not. If you like fairy tales, you'll probably like this one. Jul 16, Irma rated it liked it Shelves: Some of both categories are fun, though. Mar 25, Sheldon Lee Cooper rated it really liked it. Nice read. May 25, James Batchelor rated it it was ok. Most of the tales are fascinating but the ebook formatting is messy, which makes them tough to read.
Apr 10, Uk27 qwe rated it really liked it.
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May 31, Justin Rose rated it really liked it. Jacobs demonstrates obvious expertise in this well researched book.
The stories are interesting to read, though many demonstrate the dark familiarity with death that was more common in ages past. Good book. Oct 26, pellu rated it really liked it. The fairy tales are always good to hear and read. The imagination story is good.
I recommend this book to all fairy tale lovers. Nov 27, Mii rated it really liked it. Jul 26, anand is currently reading it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Joseph Jacobs. Joseph Jacobs was an Australian folklorist, literary critic, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English Folklore. His work went on to popularize some of the worlds best known versions of English fairy tales including "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Goldilocks and the three bears", "The Three Little Pigs", "Jack the Giant Killer" and "The History o Joseph Jacobs was an Australian folklorist, literary critic, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English Folklore.
He published his English fairy tale collections: English Fairy Tales in and More English Fairytales in but also went on after and in between both books to publish fairy tales collected from continental Europe as well as Jewish, Celtic and Indian Fairytales which made him one of the most popular writers of fairytales for the English language. Jacobs was also an editor for journals and books on the subject of folklore which included editing the Fables of Bidpai and the Fables of Aesop, as well as articles on the migration of Jewish folklore.
He also edited editions of "The Thousand and One Nights". He went on to join The Folklore Society in England and became an editor of the society journal Folklore. Joseph Jacobs also contributed to the Jewish Encyclopedia. For more information, please see http: Books by Joseph Jacobs.
Trivia About English Fairy Tales. Quotes from English Fairy Tales. She had two brothers, and more lovers than she could count. But of them all, the bravest and most gallant, was a Mr. Fox, whom she met when she was down at her father's country-house.
No one knew who Mr. Fox was; but he was certainly brave, and surely rich, and of all her lovers, Lady Mary cared for him alone. 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. Listen on Apple Podcasts. We listened to the rose tree for about a min, then the stepmother chopped her step daughters head off and removed the heart and liver Enjoyed these stories very much.
Since they come from English lore, some have violent themes, and parents who are concerned over that may want to listen to the stories first; these are the real stories and not the sanitized versions of recent years. The reader is one of my favorites from Librivox, and she does a wonderful job as always in bringing these stories to us. The quality of the record is low and the narration is dull and not vivid.
Definitely not what my toddler would like listen to. Apple Podcasts Preview.
Show 10 More Episodes. Customer Reviews See All. The Big Life Kids Podcast. Big Life Journal.Is this feature helpful? I imagine this impression varies in the eyes of the beholder but in my geriatric view it falls far short of decency.
There are, however, numerous German fairy tales that the Grimms did not record. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Quotes from English Fairy Tales. Arthur Rackham Illustrator.
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