This story is The House in the Wood from
THE PINK FAIRY BOOK Edited by Andrew Lang
The story is of parents with 3 daughters. Mom sends daughter 1 to the woods with lunch for dad. She gets lost and ends up in a home of a man who traps her his basement. Daughter 2 is sent out and the same thing happens. Daughter 3 is sent out, but she is kind to the man’s pets and ends up breaking a curse on the man. He turns into a prince and frees her sisters in the basement and marries her. And they all live happily ever after.
I’d have to rate this story PG, because it is scary to think of the man locking the daughters in the basement, just because they weren’t nice to his pets. I don’t really see a moral here, other than pets are people too.
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