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Grimms' Fairy Tales Turtleback – December, 1996


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Product Details

  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606252169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606252164
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 5-Joss Ackland reads 14 personal favorites from Grimm, some of which will be new to adults as well as children. Even familiar tales like "Cinderella" and "Little Red Riding Hood" will seem a little unfamiliar as the older versions of the stories are shared. "Cinderella" does not contain a fairy godmother; good fortune comes to the heroine through a kind bird who perches in a hazel bush growing from Cinderella's dead mother's grave. The menacing wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood" is dispatched by the huntsman. However, for listeners who think that the story ended there, Ackland reveals that Little Red Riding Hood ventured into the wood again and was approached by another wolf, equally threatening. Learning their lesson the first time, Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother drown the second wolf. Among the other tales are: "Snow White and Rose Red," "Rapunzel," "The Singing Bone," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Faithful John," "The Nixie of the Mill Pond," "The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage," "The Sleeping Beauty," and four others. The rich style of these stories has an antique quality, and there is no attempt to modernize them. Likewise, there is no attempt to launder the tales to remove the violent justice or merciless cruelty heaped upon the heroes and heroines. The sound quality is excellent, and Ackland is a remarkable reader who uses his expressive voice to bring out the drama inherent in these stories. Listeners seeking authentic versions of these classic tales will find a unique resource in this collection. School media specialists and public librarians will find this an excellent addition to their folktale collections.ANancy L. Chu, Western Illinois University, Macomb
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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful collectible book of Grimms Fairy Tales.
Chloe
This was one of my favorite books from childhood and I wish it was still in print.
Sandi G
I gave this book to my massage therapist as a baby shower gift.
V. Capek

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amy Zimmerman on August 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully illustrated book is a delight for Brothers Grimm and Arthur Rackham fans. High quality paper is used throughout so the color plates are presented where they occur in each story, instead of being jammed together in the center. The font is easy to read with ample margins, so the stories can be savored without feeling rushed or the aid of a good light. Well done!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on February 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the greatest fairy tale collections ever assembled. At a time when fairy tales and folk tales numbered in the thousands, the Grimms wrote and published a collection of just a few dozen gems, many of which remain classics to this day.

You are likely to have heard about many of these characters and stories. Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, two stories about Snow White, Cinderella, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, the Frog Prince, and the Golden Goose are just some of the more famous ones. To read the stories as they were originally written is a pleasure; to see that they all came from the same two minds is amazing. It would be like the Farrelly brothers directing films that won the Academy Award for best picture for ten years in a row.

It's also very fun to see the differences between these original stories and some of the versions that are floating around in popular culture. If you're thinking of buying a collection of fairy tales for your children, getting the actual stories instead of a sanitized Disney version will expose them to an important body of literature, and can serve as a starting point for many important discussions about the decisions that each character makes.

The book also has many wonderful stories that are less famous, but no less good. My favorites as a child included "The White Snake," which is about a man who eats a white snake and is given the power to talk with the animals; "The Six Servants" and "How Six Traveled Through the World," which each involve a set of servants with extraordinary powers; and "The Water of Life," in which three sons set off to find a magical elixir that can save their father.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim's Girl on April 21, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These are the versions more suitable for children, they are no the original stories. For example, "Cinderella" originally did not have a fairy godmother, a bird helped her dress and the step-mother told one of her daughters to cut off her toe to make the slipper fit. A little disapointing since I was wanting the original stories.

All in all, a good book. Typical paperback, large print, heavy pages, black and white photos. Nothing spectacular.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MARGARET& PETER on June 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
THIS IS A LOVELY BOOK WITH CREAM COLORED PAGES, A RIBBON AND WONDERFUL ILLUSTRATIONS. IT IS NOT HOWEVER "BABY PRESCHOOL"

It is for older readers. Nice translation from the German.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
The Narrators bring these wonderful stories to life - my children and their friends can listen to these over and over! Each narrator brings wonderful voices to each of the characters! The variety of stories and the length of each is just enough to capture their interest and keep them entertained!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on November 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A particularly strong mid-century release from Heritage.

Grimm's Fairy Tales aka The Complete Household Tales, 1962. In a tan slipcase, with a green foliage-pattern. Bound in maize-dyed linen with exterior details in green dye and real gold leaf.

Over 15 full-color Corcos illustrations and numerous smaller b&w illustrations throughout the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on November 24, 2008
A particularly strong mid-century release from Heritage.

Grimm's Fairy Tales aka The Complete Household Tales, 1962. In a tan slipcase, with a green foliage-pattern. Bound in maize-dyed linen with exterior details in green dye and real gold leaf.

Over 15 full-color Corcos illustrations and numerous smaller b&w illustrations throughout the text.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandi G on August 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is full of spellbinding fairy tales with charming illustrations. Absolutely not the Disney version--some parts are not for the squeamish. This was one of my favorite books from childhood and I wish it was still in print.
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