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Joseph Jacobs

Joseph Jacobs

Joseph Jacobs was an Australian folklorist, translator, literary critic, social scientist, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English folklore. Jacobs was born in Sydney to a Jewish family.

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The Blinded Giant

A giant keeps Jack prisoner for seven years... until finally he makes his escape!

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The Three Sillies

A crazy story about three silly people, and a man's quest to find three sillier!

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Henny Penny

When Henny Penny is hit on the head, she thinks the sky is falling down!

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

A piper is forced to take revenge when some villagers break a promise.

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The Three Robbers

Three robbers overcome ten traders - until the traders start talking to each other.

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Cap O’ Rushes

The English version of the fairy tale Cinderella.

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The Old Witch

Two sisters seek their fortune - but only one of them is helpful to others.

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My Own Self

It is hard to go to bed, but with the help of a fairy anything can happen!

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Black Bull of Norroway

The story of an old wife who falls in love with a kind black bull.

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Yallery Brown

Tom is cursed by a creature when he asks for help with his chores.

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Three Feathers

The story of a bird husband, his wife, and three magical feathers.

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Tom Hickathrift

Tom Hickathrift famously battles an evil giant!