Decided to go with a subjective rating which is to say I did not really enjoy reading this however valuable the experience I shall be updating this as I read each story I ll give their individual star rating and a small review 06052020 Rapunzel Interesting the ending of this story very different but still a happy endingBriar Rose Similar story to what we know very fairytale like with a happy ending uite enjoyed itSweetheart Roland Hmm don t really like this one much it s like cheating and betrayal Not my thing 09052020 Cinderella Cinderella has always been one of my favourite fairytales I also knew of it grim and dark fate of the stepsisters but what I hadn t realised was view spoiler Cinderella s father was alive and he witnessed how his wife and stepdaughters mistreated her so poorly I am now glad that when they tell this story the father is absent because I do not want to read a story where the father does nothing hide spoiler I was originally was going to give this a 3 because it is uneven strange and sometimes surprisingly amoral but then i realized how much I acutally had to say about it and ust how much I enjoyed reading these goofy stories So bear with me while i recount some of the best and worst stories and some of the strange themes of grimm s fairy tales I have to admit I write these reviews almost entirely for myselfSome themesthings you should know If you are an evil stepmother or witch and you are looking for a brother and sister or pair of lovers they ve probably turned themselves into a duck and a lake respectively people or animals geting released from wolf s stomaches and then placing stones in their place if you kill a dragon giant or other fearsome creature always cut out the tongue and hang onto in case you are betrayed by someone who claims to have killed the beast himself when confronted the deceiver will always claim that the beast had no tongue but no one will believe him if you rescue someone a fair maden of course from the bottom of the well while your companions are above ground always put something else in the basket to replace your weight because they will drop you and try to kill you Never bet against A tailor Anyone named Dummling or Thumbling The youngest of 3 brothers Anyone that can talk to or is kind to animals or who is kind to old women basically anyone young pretty and poor Always bet against ugly peopleBest stories Two Brothers two brothers wander the world with a shitload of animals at their beck and call so many in fact that they decide to split up they stab some knife or something into a tree that they can look at to see if the other is ok One becomes a king after killing a dragon the other wanders the world the king goes hunting gets turned into stone by a witch the other brother her saves him lots of other things happen it s one of the longest and strangest stories and it s ust great Rumpelstiltskin One of the classics that the one I knew was actually very similar to the original NOthing uite as funny as how upset the little guy gets when she figures out his name Brother Lustig Another long and weird story this is different in that Brother Lustig first appears to be a good guy then he is kind of a erk but he sort of gets picked on by a priest and then he tricks his way into heaven it s weird The Man of Iron Robert Bly wrote a whole book on manliness based upon this fairy tale and I can see why It ust a really good story and very rich with male stereotypes Not that stereotypes are necessarily good but it ust really well written and interesting The Straw The Coal and
The Bean my favorite So funny Contains this passage as the coal tries to cross the river by Bean my favorite So funny Contains this passage as the coal tries to cross the river by on the straw The straw however beginning to burn and the Coal slipping after hissed as it reached the water and gave up the ghost The Bean which had prudently remaned up the shore was forced to laugh at this accident and the oke being so good it laughed so immoderately that it burst itself Fortunately a wandering tailor is able to stitch the bean back up3 disturbing stories The Frog Prince Did you know that in the original the frog is turned into a prince after being thrown against the wall She gets pissed at him because she is supposed to be his companion because he retrieved her ball but then he turns into a prince and they marry what kind of lesson does that teach Actually the story is really about the last paragraph about the prince s loyal
servant Henry who had tied bands around his heart which broke of happiness upont the prince s return Cinderella one Henry who had tied bands around his heart which broke of happiness upont the prince s return Cinderella one tries to get into the shoe by cutting off a toe the other by cutting off a heel Their punishment for failure They get their eyes pecked out by birds The Poor Boy in his Grave An orphaned boy is adopted by a cruel farmer and wife The farmer beats for his honest or endearing mistakes like eating a bundle of grapes because he was a hungry While baling hay while they are out his sweater gets caught in the hay Knowing he will be beaten his despair leads him to drink what the the farmer s wife said was poison but is actually honey At this point you still think things are going to end up well And it s kind of funny he says I thought death would be bitter but it is so sweet He then moves onto to the fly poison about which he was also lied to because it turns out to be wine Still funny But then his drukeness makes him feel a bit woozy so he thinks he might be dying so he goes and lays in an open grave and the cold and the wine kill him He lays in the grave forever The farmer s house burns down later on and he and his wife live in poverty and misery but come onThat s all See I told you I had a lot to say Grimm s Fairy Tales the apostrophe is as it is printed on the book s title page and cover is Richard Adams s personal selection of nineteen tales which he made in 1981 This is a "Large Format Book With Illustrations " format book with illustrations Pauline Ellison Pauline Ellison is a prolific illustrator of books producing meticulous detailed watercolour images with use of natural colour tones These paintings are uite busy and the characters and interiors have a Germanic F Rackham's illustrations including sixteen full color platesTimeless as entertainment this is a story time treasury for young and old alike1 The Golden Bird2 Hans in Luck3 Jorinda and Joringel4 The Bremen Town Musicians5 Old Sultan6 The Straw the Coal and the Bean7 Briar Rose8 the Dog and the Sparrow9 The Twelve Dancing Princesses10 The Fisherman and His Wife11 The Wren and the Bear12 The Frog Prince13 The Cat and Mouse in Partnership14 The Goosegirl15 The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet16 Rapunzel17 Fundevogel18 The Valiant Trailor19 Hansel and Grethel20 The Mouse the Bird and the Sausage21 Mother Hulda22 Red Riding Hood23 The Robber Bridegroom24 Tom Thumb25 Rumpelstiltskin26 Clever .
SUMMARY Grimm's Fairy TalesR East European feel They are very attractive and the book displays this art well using glossy paper and printing to a high standardAs I have often found with illustrated books of folk and fairy tales the actual text is very much the poor relation Here at least there is one illustration per story inserted in the story itself rather than randomly Yet the size of the book and the cramped feel of the text does not invite one to read each story The font size is very small and the translators are not credited It seems as if this is a book produced primarily for the artworksRichard Adams has written a brief essay as an introduction Presumably he was asked to make this selection because he was at the peak of his popularity in 1981 I was struck by the synchronicity of an editor who originally conceived his most famous book Watership Down as a story to tell his daughters on long car ourneys The Shadow Reader just as the stories here were an oral tradition which were passed down and developed through many generations before being collected and fixed in a written form by the brothers Grimm However most of his essay was rather dry and academic which disappointed me as I do like Richard Adams s writing styleThere is nothing to say what determined his choice of stories some of which are familiar and others not It would be interesting to know what drew him to these when he had over two hundred tales by the brothers Grimm to choose from Here is the complete list of titles The Frog King or Iron HenryHansel and GretelThe Fisherman and his WifeCinderellaThumblingMother HolleThe Seven RavensFitcher s BirdThe Juniper TreThe Six SwansLittle Snow WhiteLittle Briar RoseRumpelstiltskinThe Golden BirdThe Golden GooseBearskinThe Blue LightThe MoonLittle Red CapAll in all this is not my preferred book of tales by the Brothers Grimm I would like to be able to read them without navigating a bulky book and poring over the words But the illustrations are careful uality work so I would rate this book at less than the default average hence 2 stars I usually rate the books I read based on how much I enjoyed them However in this case my level of enjoyment was so low that I should have rated this book one star and I didn t feel like doing it because of the great historical value of this complete collection of fairytales I used to love reading fairytales when I was a kid and now I don t understand if they lost all their appeal to me as a genre or if it s because this editioncollection doesn t meet my taste Anyway Iust read them as a document and really couldn t see any other reason to go on with the book than to understand the roots of many of our folk tales and appreciate the value of the linguists work This edition however is stunning I love the illustrations and the fact that it is a complete collection I will always be a proud owner of this volume regardless of how much or how little fun I had reading it I m thrilled that this book contains the nasty version of Cinderella where the stepsisters not only cut off parts of their feet in an attempt to wear the slipper but also get their eyes pecked out by birds during the royal wedding That ll learn emThese children s classics are fairly dripping with blood particularly the evil blood of those who seek to keep true love from running its natural ho hum courseThese were dark and scary times to be a stepmother Even though Snow White is stupid enough to fall for the wicked ueen dressed as a peddler woman bearing poisoned goodies on THREE SEPARATE OCCASIONS it s the ueen who s forced to don red hot iron shoes and dance until she drops dead Then there is the wicked stepmother in The Twelve Brothers She is put to death in a barrel filled with boiling oil and venomous snakes boiling oil resistant serpents one must presume where she died an evil deathReading than 50 of these stories in a row tends to get a bit monotonous In fact many seem to be the SAME story re told with only slight changes Here are the fairy tale rules1 Share your food and drink with tiny forest
Folk Kindness To Animals Is Always Rewarded2 Teeny Tiny MenKindness to animals is always rewarded2 Teeny tiny men to have trouble staying out of cows stomachs3 A multitude of tasks must be completed before one is allowed to marry royalty4 When three siblings set out on uests it s always the youngest weakest most childlike and kindhearted who succeeds That one also always goes last does not make the same mistakes as his or her predecessors and wins the heart of the prince or princess who is cleverly disguised as an old man or woman5 For some reason tailors see a lot of actionIf you haven t read these you really shouldthough I recommend sampling one every now and then rather than all in one fell swoopToo many happily ever afters can leave a sour taste in your mouth Not to mention a disturbing amount of sympathy for stepmothers A very good read Reminds me of my childhood days when my Grandma used to read these fairy tales to me They are pretty graphic however
I recommend this book to all Read to your children folks It will create a love of reading and a thirstrecommend this book to all Read to your children folks It will create a love of reading and a thirst knowledge Enjoy and Be BlessedDiamond If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewWolves and Campfires Grimms M rchen by Die Br der GrimmOriginal Review 2005 11 30In Genesis there is suddenly this sentenceobservation about giants walking the Earth in them days I always see those elderly male Jews in Babylon staring glumly at some campfire thinking about the good old days and thinking up revengeful plans to smite the enemy They tell the stories of their tribes but there is that one uite senile idiot always going on about them giants so in the end they say Okay we WILL put them in Now shut up already I can see myself being the Giant Guy if all over the place and I m not sure the good campfire folks here need the distraction I couldn t find the edition I had so I went with one that was closest in dateWhy only 4 stars for the tails we all remember fondly from childhood Think about it These are Grimm s fairy tales and they certainly are grim Still there are tales we remember and love so4 Their at least not as grim as Andersen s fairy tales. Rethel27 The Old Man and His Grandson28 The Little Peasant29 Fred and Kate30 Sweetheart Roland31 Snowdrop32 The Pink33 Clever Elsa34 The Man Among the Thorns35 Ashenputtel36 The White Snake37 The Wolf and the Seven Kids38 The ueen Bee39 The Elves and the Shoemaker40 The Wolf and the Man41 The Turnip42 Clever Hans43 The Three Languages44 The Fox and the Cat45 The Four Clever Brothers46 The Lady and the Lion47 The Fox and the Horse48 The Blue Light49 The Raven50 The Golden Goose51 The Water of Life52 The Twelve Huntsmen53 The King of the Golden Mountain54 Doctor Know All55 The Seven Ravens56 The Marriage of Mrs Reynard57 The Salad58 The Youth Who Could Not Shudder59 King Thrushbeard60 Iron Hans. Kinder und Hausm rchen is a key German contribution to world literature It comprises about 250 traditional tales which were collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and first published in 1812 with a second volume dated 1815 Although the most accurate translation of this title would be Children s and Household Tales most English readers know these stories as Grimms Fairy Tales sadly often with the apostrophe misplaced as Grimm s Fairy Tales Between 1824 and 1839 Edgar Taylor had translated these tales into English again in two volumes In 1870 Wilhelm s eldest son Hermann edited what has come to be known as the definitive edition of Kinder und Hausm rchen In 1901 Marian Edwardes made a selection of these tales and it is on her selection which most modern collections are now based There is a typical English Grimm which always comprises around fifty stories not always the same fifty but all chosen from a list of around half of the original number of 250 in the 1870 edition Charles Folkard Hansel and Gretel The list is short because these were tales for children and some were little than riddles or anecdotes Some were merely variations on the same theme And in addition to those banned by the Victorians for their impropriety the 20th century rejected some for their brutality horror and anti Semitism It is easy enough to find a list of all 250 online and some of the little known ones are indeed hair raising to readHere I have listed all the ones in this volume along with alternative names I have discovered they are also known by I have added the number according to the original classication and order in which they were published These are based on Marian Edwarde s selection and checked against Edgar Taylor s for authenticity The text therefore cannot be bettered in English Charles Folkard The Three Dwarfs in the Wood It has to be said though that the presentation of the volume is a disappointment The illustrations are by Charles Folkard whose watercolours are very much in the tradition of the golden age children s illustrators Arthur Rackham Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen They match the style of tales perfectly but there are only eight colour plates in the entire book two of which I have included here The volume is roughly the size of a hardback novel and there are line drawings at the beginning of each story plus occasional ones in between The less said about the cover illustration the better It is not credited but clearly drawn by a staff artist of the time who created a contemporary feel I prefer to do away with this cover as underneath the cloth bound book is printed with a silhouette repeated design of the girl and the deer but this is a personal preferenceBecause of my disappointment with the reproductions of the art work I am keeping this review at my default rating of 3 stars1 The Dancing Shoes The Twelve Dancing Princesses The Worn Out Dancing Shoes or The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces 1332 The House in the Wood The Hut in the Forest 1693 The Golden Bird 574 The Twelve Huntsmen 675 The White Snake 176 Little Red Riding Hood Little Red Cap 267 The Singing Lark The Singing Springing Lark The Singing Soaring Lark The Lady and the Lion or Lily and the Lion 888 The Brave Little Tailor The Valiant Little Tailor or The Gallant Tailor 209 Rapunzel 1210 The Iron Stove 12711 Jorinda and Joringel 6912 Hansel and Gretel Hansel and Grettel Hansel and Grethel or Little Brother
and Little Sister 1513 The Boy Who Set Out to Learn what Fear Was The Story of theLittle Sister 1513 The Boy Who Set Out to Learn what Fear Was The Story of the Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was or The Story of a Boy Who Went Forth to Learn Fear 414 Donkey Wort The Donkey 14415 Old Sultan 4816 The Fox and the Horse 13217 The Travelling Musicians Town Musicians of Bremen The Bremen Town Musicians 2718 The Golden Goose 6419 The Wishing Table The Magic Table the Gold Donkey and the Club in the Sack The Wishing Table the Gold Ass and the Cudgel in the Sack 3620 Tom Thumb Thumbling and Thumbling s Travels also known as Thumbling as Journeyman 37 and 45 21 Snow White Little Snow White 5322 The Three Dwarfs in the Wood The Three Little Men in the Wood or The Three Little Gnomes in the Forest 1323 The Four Craftsmen The Four Skilful Brothers 12924 Snow White and Rose Red The Ungrateful Dwarf 16125 The Twelve Brothers 926 Jack My Hedgehog Hans My Hedgehog 10827 The Sleeping Beauty Little Briar Rose The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods 5028 The Raven 9329 Bearskin 10130 Cinderella The Little Glass Slipper 2131 Three Spinning Fairies The Three Spinning Women The Three Spinners 1432 Rumpel Stilts Ken Rumpelstiltskin Tom Tit Tot 5533 Mistress Holle Mother Holle or Mother Hulda or Old Mother Frost 2434 King Thrush beard 5235 Thumbling the Dwarf and Thumbling the Giant 36 The Water of Life 9737 The Blue Light 11638 The Fisherman and his Wife 1939 The Goose Girl 8940 The Water Fairy The Water Nixie or The Water Nix 7941 The Frog Prince The Frog King or Iron Henry 142 The Elves and the Cobbler The Elves or The Elves and the Shoemaker 3943 Giant Golden Beard The Giant and the Three Golden Hairs or The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs 2944 King of the Golden Mountain 9245 The Two Brothers 6046 Hans in Luck 8347 The Turnip 146 I m glad to have read this simply because fairy tale plots and themes are used so often in modern literature that it felt good to become acuainted with old versions of the tales and get closer to the original folklore I also enjoyed picking up on some of the values of the time that come across in the stories That said most of them are terribly boring The method of storytelling is something I ust could not get comfortable with rapid perfunctory repetitive bizarrely irrational It was often disturbingly amoral as well even so than stories that try to be realistic about how life goes There are plenty of the happy endings that have come to characterise fairy tales today but happy endings were certainly not the standard for these tales some are incredibly violent andor downright depressingI m not criticising the book or fairy tales in general for this they re rich cultural texts that still influence literature today But It is said the
Brothers Grimm opened up a world of goodwill with their storiesGrimm opened up a world of goodwill with their stories heroes and heroines are truly rewarded where giants and dwarfs and birds and animals are their friends It is said also that Arthur Rackham has kept the fairy world alive for generations of children with his art Here is a splendid combination of the two the best loved Grimms' fairy tales adorned by an artist who was a master of fantasyArthur Rackham's illustrations for the Brothers Grimm brought him lasting fame From the beautiful to the bizarre from the weird to the wonderful his fine line drawings are striking portrayals of the Grimm stories This beautiful edition presents sixty stories and over sixty five