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[Illustration: Adventures of Tom Thumb It Shone Down Upon the White Pebbles]

FAVORITE FAIRY TALES

ARRANGED BY

LOGAN MARSHALL

[Illustration]

ONE HUNDRED ILLUSTRATIONS

THE JOHN C. WINSTON COMPANY CHICAGO PHILADELPHIA TORONTO

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY L. T. MYERS PRINTED IN U. S. A.

CONTENTS

PAGE

LITTLE SNOW WHITE 5

THE UGLY DUCKLING 22

ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP 43

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 64

PUSS IN BOOTS 73

ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB 81

THE THREE BEARS 95

THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL 103

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 109

THE STORY OF CINDERELLA 122

JACK THE GIANT KILLER 135

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK 155

DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT 167

THE STORY OF BLUEBEARD 184

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD 195

SINDBAD THE SAILOR 202

HANSEL AND GRETEL 230

THE GOOSE GIRL 247

LITTLE SNOW WHITE

[Illustration]

Once upon a time in the middle of winter, when the flakes of snow were falling like feathers from the clouds, a Queen sat at her palace window, which had an ebony black frame, stitching her husband's shirts. While she was thus engaged and looking out at the snow she pricked her finger, and three drops of blood fell upon the snow. Now the red looked so well upon the white that she thought to herself, "Oh, that I had a child as white as this snow, as red as this blood, and as black as the wood of this frame!" Soon afterwards a little daughter came to her, who was as white as snow, and with cheeks as red as blood, and with hair as black as ebony, and from this she was named "Snow White." And at the same time her mother died.

About a year afterwards the King married another wife, who was very beautiful, but so proud and haughty that she could not bear anyone to be better looking than herself. She owned a wonderful mirror, and when she stepped before it and said:

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?"

it replied:

"The Queen is the fairest of the day."

Then she was pleased, for she knew that the mirror spoke truly.

Little Snow White, however, grew up, and became prettier and prettier, and when she was seven years old she was as fair as the noonday, and more beautiful than the Queen herself. When the Queen now asked her mirror:

"Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of us all?"

it replied:

"The Queen was fairest yesterday; Snow White is the fairest, now, they say."

This answer so angered the Queen that she became quite yellow with envy. From that hour, whenever she saw Snow White, her heart was hardened against her, and she hated the little girl. Her envy and jealousy increased so that she had no rest day or night, and she said to a Huntsman, "Take the child away into the forest. I will never look upon her again. You must kill her, and bring me her heart and tongue for a token."

The Huntsman listened and took the maiden away, but when he drew out his knife to kill her, she began to cry, saying, "Ah, dear Huntsman, give me my life! I will run into the wild forest, and never come home again."

This speech softened the Hunter's heart, and her beauty so touched him that he had pity on her and said, "Well, run away then, poor child." But he thought to himself, "The wild beasts will soon devour you." Still he felt as if a stone had been lifted from his heart, because her death was not by his hand. Just at that moment a young boar came roaring along to the spot, and as soon as he clapped eyes upon it the Huntsman caught it, and, killing it, took its tongue and heart and carried them to the Queen, for a token of his deed.

But now poor little Snow White was left motherless and alone, and overcome with grief, she was bewildered at the sight of so many trees, and knew not which way to turn... Continue reading book >>




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