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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420932780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420932782
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Among the few indispensable, common-property books upon which Western culture can be founded . . . It will be a mistake if this volume is merely bought for a child; it should be, first and foremost, an educational ‘must’ for adults.”
–W. H. Auden, The New York Times

“Here it is, clear and fine and solid, beautifully and passionately illustrated, this one book–other than the Bible–that has truly made Western man.”
–P. L. Travers, The New Republic

“Everyone should possess and know Grimm’s Fairy Tales–one of the great books of the world–and no English-speaking person could do better than this edition.”
–Richard Adams, The New York Times Book Review

“[A] splendid edition, admirably illustrated.”
–Edmund Wilson, The New Yorker --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This edition contains simple illustrations and is of quality.
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My 7-year old absolutely loves this book, and since we bought it 2 months ago, we read from it every night we read together.
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My opinion of this book was very good, I have read it with great interest.
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171 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Born in the late 1700s in Hanau, Germany, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were noted scholars celebrated for the documentation of German folklore--and most particularly for the documentation of folk tales that had been previously passed from generation to generation by oral tradition.

The Brothers Grimm began to publish these tales 1812 under the title Children's and Household Tales, a collection which went a then unheard of six editions during their lifetimes and a posthumous edition shortly after their deaths. In its final form, the collection contained two hundred folk tales and ten "Children's Legends," and they would have a tremendous impact on both European and American popular culture.

It is here that we find such figures as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretle, Tom Thumb, Rapunzel, and the Bremen Town Musicians--to name but a few. But be forewarned: these are not the tales as presented in such venues as The Little Golden Book series or on the big screen by Walt Disney. True enough, there is magic, wonder, and a world in which good triumphs... but there is also savage retribution, revenge, brutality, torture, and the occasional flourish of anti-semetism as well.

"Cinderella" offers a good example of the violence one often finds in these stories. Modern versions typically punish the wicked step-sisters with comic humiliation, but in the original tale their eyes are picked out by birds--and this is actually one of the less extreme retributions offered. The evil queen in the classic "Snow White" is forced to dance at Snow White's wedding... in red-hot iron shoes until she dies.
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98 of 100 people found the following review helpful By "kehk" on April 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Even if your not a scholar, this tremendous read-aloud reaches all the way back to the voices of the oral tradition, whose rich language and images will transport you to a magical state of being. The Frog King begins "In olden times when wishing still helped one, there lived a king whose daughters were all beautiful, but the youngest was so beautiful that the sun itself, which has seen so much, was astonished whenever it shone in her face." Try that at dusk or by candle light, and see if an awed hush doesn't fall over your listener(s)!
For those with a more serious bent, this is perhaps the most accurate English translation of the Grimm's recordings of the oral tales. The complete collection lets you compare the patterns and rhythms of language and story line. The introduction by Padraic Colum and end commentary by Joseph Campbell (some 30 pages) are an added treasure. This version is frequently used by Waldorf teachers, and is "must have" for all primary teachers and families with children.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Spence the Elder on January 8, 2009
Format: Leather Bound
Jacob Grimm (1785-1863), and to a lesser degree his brother Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), were perhaps the greatest chroniclers of Germanic folklore since the time of Snorri Sturluson. The sheer volume of their works are unmatched by any other single source, (with the possible exception of a few decidedly biased ecclesiastical chronicles).

The first thing that must be remembered about, "Grimm's Fairy Tales", is that the Brothers did not write them, they researched, collected and chronicled them. These are the stories that had been told around camp fires and villages for a thousand years. These stories have evolved as time went on, as all oral traditions do. Many, if not most of these stories are teaching tools for children. Now, having said this, it must be remembered that these works were originally written down in the early 1800`s and have an oral history that stretches back into the mists of ,"AGO", as in," Once upon on a time, a long, long time ago". This was a time when children were not sheltered from the realities of life, sickness and death. A time when being politically correct met that you had fought for the winning side because most of the losers were dead. At time when cholera, pox and plague ran rampant through the population every few years and up to 40% of the children born didn't live to see their 18th birthday. Children, (and adults for that matter), were quite a bit tougher back then. So, if you have a wimpy sheltered child that needs a trophy for placing 12th in a race so their self-esteem wont be shattered and the rest of their lives ruined, you may want to find another venue for story time. Something mindless and milk toast like the Disney Channel perhaps?

Secondly, these are not the watered down edited versions of the original stories.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Gagewyn on December 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Regarding the fairy tales: The Grimm brothers collected fairy tales from all over the Germanies and published the collected stories in 1812. Historically and culturally this is very important because we have a glimpse into an oral tradition back when oral tradition was alive and well. Many are surprised to find that the stories aren't Disney rated. They have gore and all.

Regarding this particular release of the Grimm Fairy Tales: The paper is bad quality. I have the 1981 edition and the pages are already very very yellow. The illustrations are in many different styles by four different artists. They aren't bad, but given the presentation and the fact that they are a mixed bag they come across that way. The translation by Margaret Hunt was originally published in 1884, and the language feels a little stale today.

This is an adequate copy of the text if you just want to read through it. It isn't durable, it isn't archival and it isn't good quality paper or presentation. These stories have been around long enough that they are now public domain and can be found for free in many locations online, if you just want to check out the original Grimm version of a story. (Paper is easier on the eyes, so there is a place for a poor quality widely available edition.) Libraries will want a more durable edition. Yep a better quality edition is a good idea for families too.
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