Grimm's Fairy Tales (Paperback)
With the words "Once upon a time," the Brothers Grimm transport readers to a timeless realm where witches, giants, princesses, kings, fairies, goblins, and wizards fall in love, try to get rich, quarrel with their neighbors, and have magical adventures of all kinds-and in the process reveal essential truths about human nature. When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm set out to collect stories in the early 1800s, their goal was not to entertain children but to preserve Germanic folklore-and the hard life of European peasants was reflected in the tales they discovered. However, once the brothers saw how the stories entranced young readers, they began softening some of the harsher aspects to make them more suitable for children. A cornerstone of Western culture since the early 1800s, Grimm's Fairy Tales is now beloved the world over. This collection of more than 60 of the Grimms' best tales includes such classics as "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Hansel and Grethel," "Rapunzel," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "The Frog Prince," as well as others that are no less delightful.
About the Author
The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786-1859), were German academics best known for publishing collections of folk tales and fairy tales, which became popular. Jacob also did academic work in linguistics, related to how the sounds in words shift over time (Grimm's law), and together they wrote a German dictionary. They are among the best-known story tellers of folk tales from Europe, and their work popularized such tales as "Rumpelstiltskin"(German: Rumpelstilzchen), "Snow White," "Sleeping Beauty," "Rapunzel," "Cinderella"(German: Aschenputtel), "Hansel and Gretel(German: Hansel und Gretel)," and "The Frog Prince"(German: Der Froschkonig).