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Andersen's Fairy Tales / Grimms' Fairy Tales (Companion Library)

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A double book including Grimms' Fairy Tales on one side with Andersen's Fairy Tales on the other.
Hardcover, 588 pages
Published 1963 by Grossett & Dunlap
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Valerie
Mar 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, children-s
Kind of horrifying for kids... I was terrorized by "Little Claus and Big Claus" and "The Tinder Box."
Lori
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The classic version of these tales and not always the happy-ending Disney versions, thus it might not always make the best bedtime story for younger readers or listeners.

32 Anderson tales and 35 of The Brothers Grimm fairy Tales. Includes many of the most popular fairy tales as well as some lesser-known ones.

I have a bit of a binding fetish and I fell in love with the red silk binding and gold embossed cover of this one, red ribbon marker to keep your place, nice paper weight, and the classic
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Olivia Piotter
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tales of Grimm and Anderson are quite contrary to the beloved Disney movie renditions of these fairy tales. Disney has altered these stories quite a bit. I enjoyed reading the original stories, but was surprised to found out how "grim" and slightly disturbing these stories can be! Within this collective book of fairy and folk tales, I read Briar Rose, Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel (all by the Grimm brothers) and The Mermaid (by Hans Christian Andersen). Each of the Grimm fairy tales are s ...more
Julia
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was first interested in reading this because I had learned more about the Grimms in my linguistics class in college. Many of the tales are pretty awful in terms of torture and suffering. Others are quite funny though, such as The Three Spinners or The Youth Who Could Not Shiver And Shake.

As for the Anderson tales, my mother had read to me The Little Mermaid, and as a child that was horrible. When I read it again as an adult though, it became my favorite of his. I love the color descriptions an
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Savannah Royer
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of fairytales of every kind, and I loved reading the Grimm brothers take on these fairytales. I think they did a great job on Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. I thought they were all very well written, but they included more disturbing factors than I thought they were going to include. I think that the Grimm's stories shouldn't be told to kids right when they are young, because I think the stories are a little too gruesome. Although I do think that young teenagers should ...more
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Brent
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took my time reading through these iconic tales. I enjoyed them quite a bit, but I will probably wait a while before reading them to any children. Themes that I do not want to raise children on: beauty=good, ugly=bad, evil is not redeemable, favoritism, clever deals and deceit are essential, royalty is the best, a girl's story is only complete when she marries, and step-mothers are always bad news. At the same time these stories have lived on and inspired so many iconic modern stories that the ...more
Julie
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I find this to be like O.Henry except for kids. Some of the stories are great and lifting/building while a bunch of others are perhaps exciting but not character building...and therefore, not what I want to spend time feeding into my children's heads when there are so many other good choices. If they want, they can read it later in a college course or something.
Jan
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I cannot overemphasize the impressions these tales, in this edition, made on me as a child. The very colors of the covers of the two books are forever wedded to the two collections in my mind. Andersen's tended to be more sentimental, and Grimms' to be more, well, grim. Some of the stories were entirely horrific. Just what the pediatrician ordered....
Gaile
Jul 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, classic
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Hans Christian Andersen (often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express themes that transcend age and nationalit ...more
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