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Household Tales by Brothers Grimm Paperback – June 15, 2014

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Cooper Edens, with Starsnap Studio, owns one of the largest collections of vintage picture books in the world. His other books in the Classic Illustrated collection include Princess Stories, The Big Book of Little, and Sea Stories, all published by Chronicle Books. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: (June 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604444118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604444117
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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232 of 233 people found the following review helpful By TS VINE VOICE on June 6, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is an ebook edition of Margaret Hunt's 1884 translation of the *complete* Brother's Grimm (i.e., the 211-tale "large edition," intended for adults and scholars). As such, the language is slightly archaic, and the text itself is lengthy, with the tradeoff that this version does contain the entire collection of stories in the forms the Grimms gave them. Thus,expect the language to be slightly different from what you might remember reading before ("Little Red Riding Hood" is here "Little Red-Cap") and the stories may contain more crudity, violence, and (occasionally) anti-semitism than the versions most people are familiar with. Similarly, several stories normally expurgated from later editions (i.e., "The Jew Among Thorns") are present in this collection.

There's no indexed table of contents, so you'll have to use the kindle's "find" feature to jump to specific stories, and there are some typographical/transcription errors, etc.. It also doesn't appear to contain the Grimm's or Hunt's scholarly footnotes. Still, this is a great overall grab for a free kindle ebook, and probably perfect for lunch-break reading and the like.

A little context: The Brothers Grimm were the first to make a significant scholarly attempt to collect the "original" versions of traditional folk tales, as told by ordinary people. They didn't always adhere perfectly to that dictum -- some of the stories they collected from print sources and educated, middle-class tale-tellers, not just the "common folk" -- but they were in many ways the first scholarly folklorists. They were also German nationalists, and their collections were intended to help foster a sense of German national identity and "German virtues.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Curious on March 27, 2010
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This is a great collection of the Brothers Grimm's tales. The table of contents is a listing of all of the titles (no point and click) (which by the way there are over 200 tales) but just type in the title that you want into your Kindle (using the find function) and it takes you right to the story! Titles are in English and German. And the stories are wonderful. (Remember this is the real Brothers Grimm so all stories may not be appropriate for the youngest of listeners.)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2011
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The most famous collectors of fairy tales are the Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859). This free amazon kindle book contains all of the 200 Grimm's tales and 10 children's lessons in easy to read English.

Many people think that fairy tales are just for children and that adults can get nothing worthwhile or practical from them. These people forget that fairy tales are akin to myths, legends, parables, many sermons, and Midrash. They are tales with messages. Many are unnatural, magical, otherworldly; but these aspects help capture the listeners' imagination and help them remember many details so that even though they may not fathom them immediately, they will recall them later, sometimes just subconsciously, and get the practical lessons.

Let's take a familiar story, Rapunzel. Parents surrender their child to an enchantress in exchange for a large supply of a delightful edible plant called rapunzal. While the parents willingly give up their daughter, the enchantress wants her just for herself. She calls her Rapunzel after the food. She places her in a tower with no doors and a window. Rapunzel has very long hair. When the enchantress want to go see her, she calls to Rapunzel to let her hair out the window and she climbs up the hair to her room. A prince happens by and sees this. When the enchantress goes away, he calls to Rapunzel, who thinks he is the enchantress, and climbs up her hair. Soon Rapunzel is pregnant, the enchantress discovers the liaison, she blinds the prince, and cuts Rapunzel's hair to stop the prince from ascending to her. Rapunzel finds a way to build a rope so that she can descend, and does so. She cries when she sees that the prince is blind and her tears restore his sight, and she and the prince live happily ever after.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Betjemanian on September 5, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Actor Robin Field reads the fairy tales of Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm '(1785-1863) (1786-1859). According to Charles W. Elliot (editor of The 'Harvard Classics): "The Children's and Household Tales of the Brothers 'Grimm [first published in 1812 and 1815] was the first deliberate 'attempt to preserve in their pure form the traditional and domestic 'tales of the German people. . . . It was the aim of the collectors, 'carried out with great fidelity and a remarkable instinct for the truly 'popular, to avoid all additions, logical or artistic, to retain as far 'as possible the actual language of the peasants and to eliminate all 'foreign and sophisticated elements. . . ." Note: Due to the advanced 'vocabulary and dramatic content of these stories, they are not 'recommended for the very young. The reading is over eight hours long 'on seven Audio CDs.

The tales include:'
The Frog King, or Iron Henry'
Our Lady's Child'
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids'
Faithful John'
The Pack of Ragamuffins'
The Three Little Men in the Wood'
The Three Spinners'
Hansel and Gretel'The Fisherman and His Wife'
The Valiant Little Tailor'
Mother Holle'
The Seven Ravens'
Little Red-Cap'
The Bremen Town-Musicians'
The Girl without Hands'
Clever Elsie'
Thumbling as Journeyman'
The Six Swans'
Little Briar-Rose (Sleeping Beauty)'
King Thrushbeard'
Little Snow-White
The Three Feathers'
The Golden Goose'
The Wolf and the Fox'
Hans in Luck'
The Goose-Girl'
The Peasant's Wise Daughter'
The Spirit in the Bottle'
The Willow-Wren and the Bear'
Wise Folks'
The Shroud'
The Two King's Children
The Seven Swabians
One-Eye, Two-Eyes and Three-Eyes
Snow-White and Rose-Red
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