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Hansel and Gretel are abandoned in the woods by their wicked stepmother. Lost, hungry and exhausted, they come across a strange house made of sweets. This is a wonderful sight for two hungry children, but they soon find out the owner is a wicked witch with her own ideas about what is tasty. The artwork combines illustration and collage techniques to bring this spooky, but quirky classic to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385283878
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/1987
Pages: 48
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

The Brothers Grimm researched and edited a vast collection of folk tales. The versions they published are timeless cautionary tales which contain much wisdom.

Hyeon-sook Jo studied Western Painting in college and has worked on many children's books. Here she uses mixed media to show personality and build tension.

Place of Birth:

Hanau, Germany

Place of Death:

Berlin, Germany

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Hansel and Gretel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hansel and grettle have been replaced by the hunger games and harry potter and such now that you can read them on a nook the story seems more interesting and real ; )
WSRobitaille on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the classic Grimm¿s tale of Hansel and Gretel who are led into the forest to die by their father and his wife because they are a poor family and running out of food. They find their way back the first time but get lost the second time and end up finding a gingerbread house made out of candy in the woods owned by an old witch that wants to fatten them up and eat them. This story surprised me a bit because the gruesomeness of the tale was something I didn¿t really take note of as a child, but is quite horrible compared to stories made for young children today. The illustrations in this book are also extremely well done and not only support the story but add to it for both creating the fearful and dark mood and provide many interesting fantastic asides. One of the more notable asides are the pieces of bread strategically placed in most of the outdoor forest scenes to look like trees, which is an interesting contrast to the fact that this story is about a family torn apart by hunger . Also, some of the earlier pictures are highly surreal and symbolic such as the miniature wolves surrounding the miniature children on the fathers lap as the wife explains her ideas to abandon them and the changing foliage that appears to be growing out of the father¿s hat. The story by itself is quite good, but when you add the vision of this illustrator you get something that is truly art.
ashlynprill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A translation of Hansel and Gretel, a fairy tale by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. A poor man and his wife make the decision to take their children out into the forest to leave them their because they do not have enough money to feed them. Upon hearing this, the children leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way home; unfortunately, birds eat up the trail and they are left to wander the forest until their peril. That is, until they chance upon a house made of sweets and the wicked witch inside.I was skeptical when going to read this book, because this fairy tale has never been overly appealing to me, both as a child and an adult. However, I was very pleased with the in-depth translation, because I find a lot of fairy tales like to gloss over the true story for the quick version. This picture book is actually quite long textually but easily followed and understood: The pictures help to bring the story to life, like a angry face on a fiery furnace as it devours the witch. Overall, it is a very true and delightful fairy tale.
shelbyweryavah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is about two children whose step-mother convinces their father to leave them in the forest alone so they will die. There is a famine and the step-mother is afraid to starve. The first time, Hansel leaves a trail of white rocks; the children follow the rocks back home. When another famine hits, she convinces the father to take them deeper into the woods. Hansel leaves a trail of bread crumbs, but they are eaten by all the birds and they get lost. They come to a house made out of sweets that a witch lives in. The witch plans to eat the children.I did not like this story, it was awful! It does not appeal to me at all. I thought it was a waste of perfect words and illustrations. No father in their right mind would agree with a witch that would want to send his children to the woods to die, because she is afraid that she won¿t be able to stuff her face. I know this is just a fairy tale, but I¿m sure cruel people would do that.For my extension I will have the students create a ¿food¿ house, like the witch¿s house and make a brochure that will advertise the house. With the brochure, there will be a blueprint of the house, and a map for directions, thru the woods, to the house.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Luisa's version relegates the father and the witch to superstructure in favour of an extended meditation on the brother-sister bond. Hänsel's manic insanity plays off of Gretel's fluttery heart and cold nervous hands; again and again you tell yourself you won't get taken in by Hänsel's cheeky self-reliance, that programmatic pluck that so easily becomes Todestrieb; again and again, you tell yourself you'll make it out of this one to listen to Gretel-two-score-years-hence chainsmoking and telling Hänsel's grandkids about her nerve damage. But against your better judgment, you'd follow Hänsel into any witch's hut in any forest in the land, because he never stopped being your hero--as long as Gretel was there like a complaining left leg to complete you. It's an ouroboros. Sibling love, unity, and respect! (You know, the ill-considered acronym SLUR.)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book love it just got it good buy
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