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: Joseph Jacobs a leading British folklorist presents this now-classic compilation of 29 traditional tales from India. Including "The Lion and the Crane," "Sun, Moon, and Wind Go Out to Dinner," "The Prince and the Fakir," "The Talkative Tortoise," "Why the Fish Laughed," and other fables. Jacobs selected those stories which throw most light on the origin of Fable and Folk-tales, and at the same time are most likely to attract English readers. Another wonderful collection of folk tales by the late Joseph Jacobs, this book is a must for anyone interested in the origins of fairy tales. ts not often you come across Fairy Tales actually categorised by the country in which they originate, but here you have an Indian volume of such. 28 stories in all, some are familiar but set in India and others are unique. Joseph Jacobs was a folklorist, literary critic and historian. Jacobs wrote for journals and books on the subject of folklore and produced a popular series of fairy tales.