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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is one classic that will put a grin on your face over and over. It's a delightful collection, and not just for kids, but for anyone who wants a little light escapism. Much is made of the violence, but it is so cartoonishly over the top and karmically justified that I doubt it seriously disturbing to even children, who can see worse on t.v. in an hour's time anytime. What is amazing to me is how much of the basis this book is for Disney's classics and other animated films. This is a book that has truly lived in various forms on screen and other entertainments for ages. Nice to read something that is just plain fun, full of little twists and turns. As classics go, it is timeless.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2011
I bought this for a course on German Fairy Tales. Several people in the class had this edition, although it was not the one specified by the professor.

The professor was continually surprised by the poor quality of the translation (he is a native german speaker and studies these stories).
As just one example, Rapunzel is named after the variety of lettuce that her parents stole. For some reason this book decided to translate that plant into "radishes" without changing her name.
There are other stories too, that are just... missing something.

The stories are great, but you can find better translations of them (even for free online). Don't buy this edition.
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Nice collection of Grimm fairytales. Bought the paperback from my BIL's wishlist for his kids. Hopefully he'll enjoy reading the stories to them. It's a classic.
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on January 21, 2013
Book was in nice condition and was gifted to my granddaughter. She is enjoying the particular issue as it is in modern English.
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on February 4, 2015
Great book, sorry for the delay in posting
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on September 19, 2014
Thank you. Very nice product.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
It's written more for adults, all though it is the fariy tails I was so fond of as a child. I'm not sure the very young could understand some of the more adults wording in this book. It would have been nice if it had been re-written in words more undertandable for children.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2010
This was a book requested by a dear old lady in a nursing home: she enjoyed it and it made her happy.
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0 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2011
I must have been the only person who didn't realize that many of Disney's stories were straight from the Grimm brothers. I found many of the stories contained throughout the book to be similar. Three brothers, princesses, people turned into animals, after a while everything blended together. After you've read the first five stories you can just stop, because everything else is very repetitious.
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10 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2006
Unlike Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm did not invent new fairy tales but collected old ones, with the intention of preserving the oral tradition of the German peasantry. Whether in fact they fulfilled that intention has been questioned. Their tales do afford a glimpse of a world of castles and forests, nobles and peasants, superstitious beliefs and primitive practices that suggest origins at least as old as feudal Europe, and often much older. Some of the tales have been traced back through the centuries by way of earlier versions until they disappear into prehistoric times.
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