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Household Tales by Brothers Grimm Paperback – June 15, 2014
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The tales include:'
The Frog King, or Iron Henry'
Our Lady's Child'
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids'
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'
The Seven Ravens'
The Bremen Town-Musicians'
The Girl without Hands'
Thumbling as Journeyman'
The Six Swans'
Little Briar-Rose (Sleeping Beauty)'
The Three Feathers'
The Golden Goose'
The Wolf and the Fox'
Hans in Luck'
The Peasant's Wise Daughter'
The Spirit in the Bottle'
The Willow-Wren and the Bear'
The Two King's Children
The Seven Swabians
One-Eye, Two-Eyes and Three-Eyes
Snow-White and Rose-Red
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What can you say. Tales that teach lessons. One to read over and over.Published 27 days ago by A Kennedy Democrat!!!
fairy tales from other countries... some dark.. most from a different era.. I enjoyed the bookPublished 29 days ago by Elaine
I loved this book. Fairy tales are still one of my most favorite types of stories to read. They are simple, easy to get through, and teach important lessons, in one way or another. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cnewt156
I have never read a Brothers Grimm Tale before, scary stuff! :-) I haven't finished the entire thing yet, but it's interesting.Published 3 months ago by G-ma to 5
Love these fairy tales...the only problem is, when characters speak in rhyme, song, or extended quotations, those sections do not appear in the text. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heidi D. Papazoglou
I always wanted to read the original fairy tales, but this version needs some work. Whenever there is direct dialogue between characters, all the words are left out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Redraven
I have been a fan of the Brothers Grimm for 70 years, as long as I could read. I think this is the fourth copy I have owned. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karl Evans