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Three Gay Tales from Grimm
by Wanda Gág
Bound by a common thread—a serene foolishness cropping up in many a character and absurd situation—the three charming tales in this long unavailable book are not as well-known as they deserve to be. Wanda Gág’s interpretations of “The Clever Wife” and “The Three Feathers” are exceptionally funny, while “Goose Hans” is particularly hard to find in Grimm collections. Gág’s u ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
(first published February 1979)
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Wanda Ga'g did a wonderful job retelling these stories and making them easier to read and less awkward in places. (For example in the original tale of "The Three Feathers" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Simple Sepp was always reffered to as 'Dummy' which Ga'g did not do). She also added fantastic illustrations that are very detailed and enjoyable. The only thing I didn't like about her retellings are at the end of the stories, they say things like 'don't you think so?' and 'I don't think so.'
I’ve always been a fan of Wanda Gag. She was born in the Minnesota River Valley, plus Snippy and Snappy and Millions of Cats are two of the first books I remember reading as a kid. This collection totally twists three tales from the Brother’s Grimm – I think they’re like the original in titles only. However, the illustrations are pure Gag.
Wanda Hazel Gág (March 11, 1893–June 27, 1946) was an American author and illustrator. She was born on March 11, 1893, in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her mother (Elisabeth Biebl) and father (Anton) were of Bohemian descent. Both parents were artists who had met in Germany. They had seven children, who all acquired some level of artistic talent. Wanda grew up the eldest of these, and despite their economic ...moreMore about Wanda Gág...