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From “Cinderella” to “Rumpelstiltskin,” the stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm have enchanted children and adults for centuries. This attractive gift edition, with a charming foil-stamped cover, brings together more than 40 of their most-loved fairy tales, all accompanied by the magical illustrations of Arthur Rackham—perhaps the finest interpreter of their work. 
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Fall River (first published 1812)
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Andre Technically speaking Disney only changed two of the tales by the Brothers Grimm: Snow White and Rapunzel. Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty were adapted…moreTechnically speaking Disney only changed two of the tales by the Brothers Grimm: Snow White and Rapunzel. Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty were adapted from their French incarnations and the rest, as far as I am aware, have nothing to do with the Brother's Grimm.
As for your question: Some elements of the tales were considered too brutal/controversial for kids and other changes are simply due to changing times as well as the differing nature of book and movie that require changes.(less)
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Melki
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I'm thrilled that this book contains the nasty version of Cinderella, where the stepsisters not only cut off parts of their feet in an attempt to wear the slipper, but also get their eyes pecked out by birds during the royal wedding.

That'll learn 'em.

These "children's classics" are fairly dripping with blood - particularly the evil blood of those who seek to keep true love from running its natural, ho-hum course.

These were dark and scary times to be a stepmother.
Even though Snow White is stupi
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Overall quite enjoyable! Some tales I loved, some were just kind of meh, but it was fun!
Jacob
Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was originally was going to give this a 3 because it is uneven strange, and sometimes surprisingly amoral, but then i realized how much I acutally had to say about it, and just how much I enjoyed reading these goofy stories. So bear with me while i recount some of the best and worst stories and some of the strange themes of grimm's fairy tales. (I have to admit, I write these reviews almost entirely for myself)

Some themes/things you should know:
-If you are an evil stepmother or witch, and you
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Steven Walle
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good read. Reminds me of my childhood days when my Grandma used to read these fairy tales to me. They are pretty graphic however. I recommend this book to all. Read to your children folks. It will create a love of reading and a thirst for knowledge. Enjoy and Be Blessed.
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Bionic Jean
“Kinder-und Hausmärchen” is a key German contribution to world literature. It comprises about 250 traditional tales, which were collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and first published in 1812, with a second volume dated 1815. Although the most accurate translation of this title would be “Children’s and Household Tales”, most English readers know these stories as Grimms’ Fairy Tales, sadly often with the apostrophe misplaced, as “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”.

Between 1824 and 1839, Edgar Taylor had tran
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Bionic Jean
Grimm’s Fairy Tales, (the apostrophe is as it is printed on the book’s title page and cover) is Richard Adams’s personal selection of nineteen tales, which he made in 1981. This is a large format book with illustrations by Pauline Ellison. Pauline Ellison is a prolific illustrator of books, producing meticulous detailed watercolour images with use of natural colour tones. These paintings are quite busy, and the characters and interiors have a Germanic or East European feel. They are very attract ...more
Lauren Smith
I'm glad to have read this, simply because fairy tale plots and themes are used so often in modern literature that it felt good to become acquainted with old versions of the tales and get closer to the original folklore. I also enjoyed picking up on some of the values of the time that come across in the stories.

That said, most of them are terribly boring. The method of storytelling is something I just could not get comfortable with - rapid, perfunctory, repetitive, bizarrely irrational. It was
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Manuel Antão
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.



Wolves and Campfires: Grimms Märchen by Die Brüder Grimm



(Original Review, 2005-11-30)


In Genesis there is suddenly this sentence/observation about giants walking the Earth in them days... I always see those elderly male Jews in Babylon, staring glumly at some campfire, thinking about the good old days and thinking up revengeful plans to smite the enemy. They tell the stories of their tribes but there is that one quite senile idiot alway
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Pavi
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-definitely
The Golden Bird-
why about the golden cages? in this tale, whatever looks good isn't.
This story is like the nightmare of the German; no one can properly follow simple instructions. And the moral of the story: if somebody asks fervently to be killed and mutilated do follow through immediately, he might be a prince. :P

Hans in Luck-
The nightmare of the Businessman. A person working hard for seven years, and eventually throwing away the accumulated wealth of years and years of hard work.
It does expr
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Mike (the Paladin)
I couldn't find the edition I had so I went with one that was closest in date.

Why only 4 stars for the tails we all remember "fondly" from childhood? Think about it. These are "Grimm's" fairy tales and they certainly are "grim". Still there are tales we remember and love so...4. Their at least not as "grim" as Andersen's fairy tales!
Obsidian
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Stacy
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keep in mind that I don't know much about the history behind Grimm's Fairy Tales. I was so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint! I love seeing all the original stories and see how they have changed over the years to the one we know today. I love how most of the stories had a deeper meaning to scare kids into behaving. Others stories were completely off the wall having characters that were inanimate objects. I think the egg was my favorite character. I did not realize how much of o ...more
Samidha Kalia
Today’s review is going to be a bit different, it is a review of a particular Publisher for the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, folklore and tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm in Germany around the 1800s. Having read the Pantheon version of the Grimm stories, I was already familiar that what Disney turned them into, was not the reality.
Maple Press was kind enough to send me a copy of the book, in exchange of an honest review. Last year, I wrote a huge research paper on Grimm’s Snow White, and Red Riding
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Amy
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always said I love a good fairy tale. But you know what I’ve realized? I really love longer, more fleshed-out retellings of these choppy, abbreviated originals. Well ... SOME of the originals. Many of these tales are bizarre to the point of ridiculousness and make me wonder what the people were smoking who dreamed them up. I mean, you are definitely high if you’ve decided one of the main characters in your story is a sausage who takes up housekeeping with a bird and mouse. Yep. Good. And. H ...more
Suraia Munia
I am all about fairy tales. I love reading faory tale book even though i read or heard the story 1000 times already. However, this book was the worst fairy tales book i have ever read. Only attractive part i found was the cover and illustrations inside. Poor writing style! I hate giving bad rating but couldn't stop myself for this one!
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Jul 29, 2016 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tales lovers
Let me tell you a little story before we start with the review:

I am proud to say that when I was in my last year at university (2012) I launch a (small) campaign to bring back the course Children's Literature. So many students promised me to be on the course. We ended up 6 of us, but the course was back nevertheless. One of the main reasons I wanted the course back was this magnificent book: The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English a 2470+ pages mammoth book. Alon
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This audiobook was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Even though I know that these are all classic tales, I feel like I'm reading them for the first time, like they've been reinvented with a grown-up me in mind: dark and macabre and grotesque. But that's probably because I grew up with the watered-down Disney versions for the most part. Not that I haven't read my fair share of these sometimes bloody lessons in moral
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Nikki
Read for the Coursera Fantasy & Science Fiction course -- which I think it going to be interesting, perhaps especially because I'm not sure I agree with the set texts or with the course description. Anyway, the Grimms' fairytales are obviously classics, and worth reading for that, though the selection here includes some very similar stories. And, of course, the same kind of logic is shared by most fairytales, so it's similar in that way too. Some of the illustrations in this version are quit ...more
Kiting Santos
Some are a bit morbid for a fairy tale.
Merril Anil

Fairy tale as bloody as it comes


Forgive me for i am going to be all preachy and philosophical in my review

Once upon a time there were two brothers going by the name “Grimm Brothers”. Over the period of time they chronicled stories emerging from all sorts of land and nature. These stories were tainted with horrors of human evilness ranging from the ability to cut and bleed their own family to throwing away humanity for a piece of gold. These stories were ironically grim as the name of the
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Aj Sterkel
I was familiar with the modern adaptations of these classic fairytales, but I’d never read the originals in all their gory glory. I loved the majority of these stories. They’re weird and morally ambiguous. A lot of them end with “They all lived happily ever after, until they died.” The Brothers Grimm are like the 1800s version of Internet trolls. “You like these characters? Well, they’re all dead or miserable now. LOL. U mad?”

Fairytales are interesting because you get to see the values of the so
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TheGeekyBlogger
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Listened for Fun (Borrowed from the Library)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Story Rating: 5.00
Character Rating: 5.00

Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

Tweet Length Review: If you get a chance to listen to the Audiobook Released May 2016 narrated by Jim Dale, Luke Daniels, Katherine Kellgren then DO IT!

Tweet Longer: OMG this was just a complete delight and a little twisted.

Audio Details:


"Rapunzel", read by Katherine Kellgren
"Cinderella", read by January LaVoy
"Little Red-Cap", read by Simo
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Neha
Ever wonder why we stop reading Fairy Tales!!

All great cultures have passed on rich heritage for coming generations in the form of art, music, dance, dressing, behaviour, traditions, language, greetings, symbols, scripts, and of course literature. Literature could be in the form of religious scripts, historical recordings, pictorial representations, hymns, songs and folk tales. Aesop Fables of the Greek, Panchtantra Tales of India, Jataka Tales of the Buddhist and the Brothers Grimm’s Fairy Tale
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Steven
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Seven at one blow--that is my way!"

Never has a little book of stories delighted me so. It was easy, breezy and beautiful, like Covergirl. And amusing, and creepy, like all good fairy tales should be. The quote above is from "The Gallant Tailor," a sure favorite, though there are so many I would call favorite. "Six Soldiers of Fortune" holds a certain rebellious essence to it, and could mean a lot to a soldier of today. In the story, soldiers are neglected once one of the king's wars is declared
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Kenechi Udogu
Over the years, I've read a considerable amount of fairytales so I was familiar with most of the stories in this collection (in one form or another). However I was surprised at how dark some of the themes were, especially if they were intended for children. Good always seems to prevail but not in the way we would think. With faithful servants being beheaded and frogs being smashed on walls before their worth emerges, no wonder Disney et al have glossed the stories up to suit modern day sensitivi ...more
Josen
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2016-library
3.5..........I had been wanting to read Grimm's Fairy Tales for a long time because I kept hearing that Disney really cleaned up these original, gruesome stories. I was actually surprised that it wasn't as macabre as I thought they would be. (then again I am into horror so I guess these would be pretty tame in comparison) They did seem to like the eye plucking thing though. ICK. Some of them weren't even scary at all, just fairy tales. Now this wasn't the complete works of the Brothers Grimm so ...more
Dimitra
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Ahhh... Classic fairy tales... They are so magical!!!
I was amazed by many in this collection, which I didn't know about. Some of them were very very very creepy...
I really loved the ones I knew already, like Snowdrop (aka Snow-white) which is my favorite tale of all time, and little red riding hood etc. It's so nice to finally read the authentic story!
There were stories similar to some Persian tales that I recently read and some which reminded me of others, but, that's the magic of storytelling!
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mizlanah
Dear my future kids,

Mum is likely to read you this kind of gore fairy tales because to be completely honest with you, fairy tales aren't as sweet as what disney showed you. I know, sweethearts, beautiful lies, truth hurts.

Yours truly,
Mum.
Data
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
32 original-style tales with lots of matter-of-fact violence and magic. Each one has a cautionary moral.
Favorite has to be The Three Spinsters, with no real violence and one naughty girl who profits from a life lesson.
Sarah
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly love fairy tales so much. Like, soooooooooo much. And this book was no exception. I feel like most variations of fairy tales today are filled with plot holes. *cough, cough* Cinderella *cough, cough* But for once I found a version of Cinderella that I could enjoy! These fairy tales have far fewer plot holes. I recommend to everyone, because honestly, who doesn't like fairy tales?

(Yes, I recognize that many people don't like fairy tales, but it seemed like a good way to end this review
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Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, German philologist, jurist and mythologist, was born at Hanau, in Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel). He is best known as the discoverer of Grimm's Law, the author of the monumental German Dictionary, his Deutsche Mythologie and more popularly, with his brother Wilhelm, as one of the Brothers Grimm, as the editor of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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