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 50 of the Grimms' best tales includes such classics as "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Hansel and Grethel," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Little Red Riding Hood," and "The Frog Prince," as well as others that are no less delightful.
About the Author
Jacob Ludwig Carol Grimm (1785-1863) and Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786-1859), universally known as 'the brothers Grimm', were born in the German state of Hesse. They were collectors of traditional tales and sought to preserve Germany's heritage by assembling them into treasuries.
Arthur Rackham is often considered a primary figure in the Golden Age of book illustration. Born in Lewisham, England, in 1867, Rackham spent the majority of his life dedicated to his career in illustrating. His work has been featured in some of the most desirable editions of classic works, such as Rip Van Winkle, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, Gulliver’s Travels, Mother Goose, The Wind in the Willows, and many more. He died in 1939 in Limpsfield, Surrey.
Place of Birth:Hanau, Germany
Place of Death:Berlin, Germany
Table of Contents
The Golden Bird
Jorinda and Joringel
The Bremen Town Musicians
The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
The Fisherman and his Wife
The Wren and the Bear
The Frog Prince..
The Cat and Mouse in Partnership
The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet
The Valiant Tailor
Hansel and Grethel
Red Riding Hood
The Robber Bridegroom
The Old Man and his Grandson
The White Snake
The Wolf and the Seven Kids
The Queen Bee
The Elves and the Shoemaker
The Four Clever Brothers
The Lady and the Lion
The Golden Goose
The Water of Life
The King of the Golden Mountain
The Seven Ravens
The Youth who could not Shudder
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't know what IDIOT compiled these and decided to call them "Grimm's Fairy Tales," because that is NOT what they are. I've read the original German and this is NOT a translation, but a dumbing down and a complete WRECKING of the original stories. NO WHERE on the book does it say that these are not the actual stories, but are merely BASED on the stories. These are as close the the original Grimm's fairy tales as Disney is. Don't buy this book if you want the REAL stories. An example of how badly these stories have been reproduced is The Frog Prince. First of all, the original title, Der Froschkönig, translates to The Frog King. Secondly, it's far shorter than the original. Furthermore, the entire character of Heinrich was left out. In addition, the frog's lines of dialogue when he knocks on the door are incorrect. The frog is SUPPOSED to say "King's daughter, youngest," etc. etc. etc. But instead, in this disgusting version, he calls her his princess love. Do not buy this book unless you want something pretty for children you don't think will understand the blood and guts of the actual stories. These are NOT Grimm's Fairy Tales. Not in the slightest. If I was in any position to do so, I would SUE for misrepresentation. No where in or on the book does it say that the stories are abridged or altered in any way, which they certainly have been. Barnes & Noble might want to fix that, or lawyer up.
But it is not the COMPLETE Grimm's, but arguably the best known and most important ones. I wanted a less well-known tale, which was not included. But it is a beautiful book, will enhance any child's bookshelf and might even bring that child to read classics, books that endure.
A sweet and cute book. I really like the mix of textures (leather bond, gold and silver and the shinny image on the center of the cover) Paint does'n come off. Definitely worth the price. Don't hesitate, this book is gorgeous!
I was very curious about GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES & wanted to learn more about them. I loved reading all the stories in this book. Some I knew from my childhood (Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel & Little Red Riding Hood). Some were new and I loved them (The Juniper Tree, The Fisherman & His Wife & The Elfin-Grove). Plus I LOVED the illustrations within this book.
Noel Pocock is literally one of the worst choices of illustrator for this otherwise beautifully presented book. What a shame. Why, oh, why would you waste pages of beautiful colored ink on Noel Pocock? He was a B-level 'boy's book' illustrator, and his style is sorely lacking-- having none of the haunting beauty, clever detail, or downright magic that is present in the best illustrators of these German fairy tales. It's so pretty, and then it's so disappointing to meet Pocock's artwork instead of Menerheim or Offterdinger or countless others. Note that the cover art is not Pocock. Pocock never drew Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or Rapunzel. He is boring. Boring. Boring.
Barnes and Noble, please stop putting new covers on the leatherbound classics that you have already released. It is a waste since there are so many other books you could release in this form. Here are some titles I would love to see. The Brothers Karamazov The Lord of the Rings The Hobbit Middlemarch 1984 and Animal Farm The Chronicles of Prydain
My grand child likes reading this book at bed time.