Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm (with audio recording)
The half-human half-animal is a monster motif from ever, but what horro...more
Hans is a...more
A very unusual, uncommon story, but it is based on a tale of the Brothers Grimm. A farmer and his wife want a child but are not blessed with one until after the farmer says, "I want a son even if he is half a hedgehog." This curse comes true and the son is a misfit from the beginning. Eventually he runs away to play his fiddle in the forest with his pigs. Then a few kings get lost in the forest and he shows them the way out. They promise to give Hans the first thing they see when they enter thei...more
What I thought: I'd never heard of this tale. I keep resolving at intervals to read all of Grimm's Fairy Tales, but I never quite manage it and "Hans My Hedgehog" is towards the end. I liked this retelling, esp...more
I didn't mind the illustrations, but I'm not a huge fan of them.
Based on the traditional Grimm's fairy tale hans my Hedgehog, this version has been re-written by Kate Coombs. Alterations to the original story-line are discussed by the author on the last page.
An interesting little story.
Might have been nice to see the ill-mannered king and princess learn a little more of a lesson, especially since the author re-wrote the story anyway. Instead they're just robbed and have their home t...more