GERMAN - GERMANY
STORIES AND FOLKLORE AND FAIRY TALES
(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
1) Query: At my workshop on Thursday, a teacher asked me about a book that her husband had seen long ago. He said it was a scholastic book of German stories and that the stories were called a peculiar name. From what she said they sounded like extreme cautionary stories. One dealt with a little boy playing with matches and had him going up in flames like a match. Another, she thought, was about a girl who like to eat soup. She said they were not Grimm stories. Does anyone recollect such a collection from such a feeble description? I'm not even sure if they were folktales or authored modern cautionary stories. Anyone??
Marilyn K. 6/13/08
Response: Well, a simple Internet search brought me to this from a Jerry Griswold. "The most frightening children's book ever, most Europeans would agree, is Heinrich Hoffmann's "Struwwelpeter." First published in Germany in 1845, Hoffmann's illustrated storybook went on to be translated into dozens of languages and sell so many millions of copies that scholar Jack Zipes has called it "the most famous children's book in the world."
Hoffmann aimed to scare children into being good with tales, for example, about Harriet, who plays with matches and is burned up, and Augustus, who refuses to eat his soup and shrinks to stick-like proportions, dying in five days.
But the consensus is that the most frightening of these is "The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb," in which Conrad is warned by his mama about his habit but, when her back is turned, he puts the digit in his mouth. The Scissor-man bursts through the door and snips off the boy's thumbs. The last picture shows a chastened and amputated Conrad.
"When I was a child, 'Struwwelpeter' terrified me," author Marina Warner wrote about the book. "I did not find it funny because I sucked my thumb and I was truly afraid [the Scissor-man], drawn like a leaping pair of scissors, would come to get me and cut off my thumbs, as he does to little Suck-a-Thumb.... I must have been around 7 when I read 'Struwwelpeter,' and it took such possession of me that I kept going back and looking at the Scissor-man until I could bear it no longer and took the book to my father when he was gardening and asked him to burn it on the bonfire."
Marilyn K. 6/13/08
Response: Sounds like the junk opera "Shock Headed Peter," beter known as Struwelpeter. The book was written just before the turn of the century and is beloved by children in Europe. I took my then teens to see the play in 2000 in Austria. It was in German with English subtitles. They absolutely loved it. The play was recommended for kids 8 years and up! Some scenes from the book can be found here:
The book is actually a bunch of nursery rhymes told in the caustic tongue typical of adults at the turn of the century. For example, one such rhyme chides a younster for sucking her finger. The finger is chopped off in the play, by using red hankerchiefs for blood. Another has a hunter with rifle chasing a rabbit, the rabbit is then seen chasing the hunter with the rifle... I thought it entirely inappropriate for kids, which may explain why the play has never made it in America. Parents certainly meant well back then, but the language and images are unsuitable for kids. I even bought a copy of the book back with us to the states. In the operatic version a couple has a baby with grotesque hair. They are mortified and promptly hid the baby under the floorboards. This horrible secret served as the foundation for the rest of the play and the horrific scenes that follow.
Angela D. 6/13/08
• Der Struwelpeter. CD
• SLOVENLY PETER (Struwelpeter), published by John C. Winston Co. (1940)
• Max und Moritz / Der Struwelpeter by Wilhelm Busch and Heinrich Hoffmann, published by Gondrom-Vig., Bindlach (November 1, 2001). (in German)
• Struwwelpeter in English Translation by Heinrich Hoffmann. (1995 - Ages 9-12)
One of the most popular and influential children's book ever written, this time-honored tale — sure to produce lots of giggles — describes the gruesome consequences that befall children who torment animals, play with matches, suck their thumbs, refuse to eat, and fidget at meals. A collector's item, written in rhyming couplets and illustrated by the author.
Review by a reader
I read this little gem in 4th grade--my best friend stumbled across it somehow and showed it to me and we were both fascinated and disgusted (and a little frightened) by the stories and, more directly, by the charmingly rustic drawings. The now infamous story of Little Suck-a-Thumb made us both very relieved that we were, neither one, thumb-suckers. (the Red Long-Legged Scissor Man haunts me to this day...such a vivid and menacing figure, doncha think?) With Augustus--many modern women wish it were so easy to "become a little string". And as far as Harriet and the matches--I only wish my kitties would cry for me as Harriet's did...But I recommend this book heartily for adults who love the grim aspects of the Grimm fairy tales and anyone who liked the any Victorian/Edwardian "fairy stories" as a child (the original "Little Black Sambo" is another good vintage child's book...anyone reading it will see the racial aspects of the book are virtually non-existent. It only makes me hungry for pancakes!). Parental cautions? I am buying this for not only me but for my 7-month-old daughter. As to whether she will get to read it or not...well, I dunno. I think I will also buy a copy of "Peter Rabbit" as well. Mr MacGregor is a little less scary than the nasty red-long-legged Scissor Man.
Review by a reader
It's hard not to burst into xenophobic raptures when contemplating this bizarre little book. I mean, where else could a children's book of such an austere and humourless moral tone have originated than nineteenth century Germany? Have you heard the story of Harriet who played with matches? She BURNS TO DEATH! What should happen to naughty Conrad who sucks his thumbs when his mother isn't looking? The Long Legged Scissor Man leaps out of a door and CUTS HIS THUMBS OFF WITH A HUGE PAIR OF SHEARS, OF COURSE! And what of Augustus, who wouldn't eat his soup? HE STARVES TO DEATH! Naturally!
The only thing more ghastly than reading this to your lovely child as she or he is tucked up in bed is reading it in the original German: fear not if you don't understand German; in fact it's even better that way: far more scary!
And all illustrated in the most grotesque fashion, sure to surprise, delight and permanently derange even the most pleasantly disposed child.
Well, it never did me any harm...
Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann. (2003 - Ages 9-12)
Review by two readers
"This is a classic German children's book. My parents read this to me when I was a child; it was one of my favorite books. The book teaches children about manners. It teaches you that when you do something wrong, there are consequences. Der Struwwelpeter was originally written about 150 years ago."
"I was raised on this book from the age of 3 up, and it never "terrified" me; it was fascinating and a little scary to think these things COULD happen, but overall the lessons from the book stayed with me FOREVER. Stay well-groomed; eat your food; don't play with matches; don't suck your thumb... All great lessons, beautifully illustrated and cleverly told!"
• Struwwelpeter and Other Disturbing Tales for Human Beings by Bob Staake (author) and Monte Beauchamp (series editor). (2006)
A visually stunning reinterpretation of the fairy tale classic.
Originally written in 1845 by German physician Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894), 'Der Struwwelpeter' reads like a fairy tale breaking loose from a doomed rollercoaster, crashing through a rusty calliope, and finally splashing into the miasmic ooze of Hell-but somehow still managing to float. Mesmerized as a child by the nightmarish prose and haunting images contained in the book, noted author/illustrator Bob Staake (MAD magazine, Cartoon Network, even Hallmark Cards) gives a 21st century spin to these 14 stories-each more politically incorrect than the next. The nastiest things happen to children who disobey the wishes of their parents: thumb suckers have their digits cut off, the pyro-fascinated are set ablaze and, of course, picky eaters rot away and die prematurely. In other words, precisely the type of bedtime stories you'll want to read to a six-year-old, provided it's not your six-year-old. Publishers Weekly calls Staake's illustrations "a stylistic collision of Russian constructivism and pop art that explode with energy and joyous intensity."
Gorgeously designed and illustrated, Staake's Struwwelpeter is sure to spark as many "oooo's" and "ahhhh's" as it does nightmares.
• Struwwelpeter: Fearful Stories and Vile Pictures to Instruct Good Little Folks by Heinrich Hoffmann. (1999)
Review from a reader
"This version is a letter sized paperback, with heavy, slick paper used. It claims that the only other english translation is severely edited. Sarita Vendetta offers up her new illustration, and are just as, if not more disturbing than ever. There is just a hint of Gorey in her drawings. The latter part of the book offers drawings "based" on the originals of Hoffman. So if you are looking for something old and something new this may be for you. Also the Introduction by Jack Zipes gives biographical info on Hoffman and his writing of Struwwelpeter."
• Struwwelpeter; or, Shock-headed Peter and Other Funny Stories by Heinrich Hoffman. (2008)
• Der Struwwelpeter Auf Englisch by Heinrich Hoffmann. (1999 - Ages 9-12)
Review by a reader
I grew up on this book in english and german (came on the site seeking aa replacement for my sixty year old copy that had been handed down thru my family)! This is a fabulous book that kept my attention and that of my twin and cousins when read by my mother and grandmother and has since kept the attention of my children. It has wonderful illustrations and fabulous morals on manners, cleanliness, racism and such. Some may seem a bit macabre or harsh but in the same breath will NEVER fail to get your kids (or adults) talking about the lesson presented. My favorite had to do with a little girl who played with matches. I was introduced to the book at the tender age of 5 so I don't think it is scary but it does get the point across of certain dangers. I am thrilled to finnd it again! Thank goodness it is still available in any form!
• English Struwwelpeter, Or, Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures for Little Children by Heinrich Hoffmann. (1972)
Review by a reader
Reading this book was like watching a horrific highway accident unfold before you. Unable to believe my eyes, I read to the end. One parable after another; each more freaky than the one before..... DO NOT leave your child alone in the room with this book!! If there is anything positive to say about this entry, it is that it definitely blind-sides you. No one could ever be truly prepared for this one.
Review by a reader
I was a thumb sucker and I was given this book to read as a wartime evacuee aged 6 in 1942. It scared me stiff then, and has been haunting me ever since. I never thought to see the day that it would come back to haunt me afresh...See it through the eyes of a child. Ban it now, says he; while still sucking a thumb! I only awarded it one star because from the instructions I wasn't allowed to give less.
Response: A CAUTIONARY TALE
The Story of Augustus,
Who Would Not Have Any Soup
By Heinrich Hoffmann
Augustus was a chubby lad;
Fat, ruddy cheeks Augustus had;
And everybody saw with joy
The plump and hearty, healthy boy.
He ate and drank as he was told,
And never let his soup get cold.
But one day, one cold winter's day,
He screamed out--"Take the soup away!
O take the nasty soup away!
I won't have any soup today!"
Next day begins his tale of woes;
Quite lank and lean Augustus grows.
Yet, though he feels so weak and ill,
The naughty fellow cries out still--
"Not any soup for me, I say:
O take the nasty soup away!
I won't have any soup today."
The third day comes; O what a sin!
To make himself so pale and thin.
Yet, when the soup is put on table,
He screams as loud as he is able--
"Not any soup for me, I say:
O take the nasty soup away!
I won't have any soup today."
Look at him, now the fourth day's come!
He scarcely weighs a sugar-plum;
He's like a little bit of thread,
And on the fifth day, he was---dead!
Besides Struwwelpeter, another favorite naughty-children-who-get-their-drastic-comeuppance story of my German-born husband's is Max and Moritz (Timeless Classics). You can read all about them on Wikipedia
Judy S. 6/14/08
• Max and Moritz (Timeless Classics) by Wilhelm Busch. (1962)
From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7 Anyone familiar with the comic strip which featured the Katzenjammer Kids will recognize the Kids' antecedents in Max and Moritz . First published in Germany in 1872, the book relates seven mischievious and, by today's standards, malicious pranks played by the two before they are ground to bits in a mill and gobbled up by ducks. "Max and Moritz" editions have been generally unavailable, and students curious about the history of cartoon and comic illustration will welcome the chance to view these tinted etchings, facsimiles of the original text. Arndt's translation in rhymed couplets reads smoothly and provides a lively introduction to the historic duo. Susan Hepler, formerly at Ohio State University, Columbus
• Max and Moritz and Other Bad Boy Tales by Wilhelm Busch and Andy Gaus (translator). (2003)
A new translation by Andy Gaus of these classic popular satirical Wilhelm Busch cartoons, with original illustrations, in black and white, throughout. This volume includes Max & Moritz a Bad-Boy Story in Seven Tricks; Ice Peter, A Funny Picture Story; Diogenes and the Bad Boys of Corinth; four poems from Critique of the Heart; and a biographical note on Wilhelm Busch.
• Max and Moritz: The Terrible Twosomes by Wilhelm Busch. (2005)
Max and Moritz: This famous title appeared translated in many language.In 1871 was first time presented in U.S.and after that many other edition was published. This new edition is a color-ilustrated book with anattractive-intriguin cover, with dimensions of 11.0x8.5 inches.
Response: Interesting: "Struwwelpeter: Humor or Horror? 160 Years Later"
Comparison of old and new illustrations:
Site with stories and illustrations - keep "clicking" you'll get to the stories (interesting intro):
Project Gutenberg at:
Mary K.C. 6/14/08
Response: Well, I am an American and I had a copy of Stuwwelpeter when I was a very little girl. My grandfather collected books and he used to give me a book when I came to visit him. When I was 4 or 5 he gave me Stuwwelpeter -- translated as Slovenly Pete in my version. That would have been in the forties. I loved every bit of it, including the one with the little girl who cried so much her eyes fell out. It had a red cover with a silhouette of Peter himself embossed on it in black. I had it for a long time. I wish I still had it but I am afraid, somewhere along the way, I lost or misplaced it. Perhaps my childhood experience of Slovenly Pete is what accounts for my somewhat morose personality and my love of stories with a dark edge.
Janet M. 6/14/08
I published and bound a fine edition of this book Struwwelpeter in miniature, just as small as a postage stamp. You can see it at
along with a little description and history of the book.
and there are two clearer images at
Struwwelpeter (pronounced shtrooble-payter) was THE first book of cautionary tales, although it followed in a way from the Victorian trend for violence in children's literature. Remember that the Grimms shortly before took stark adult folktales and INCREASED the violence to make them suitable for children. Anyone outraged at that should remember Tom and Jerry cartoons and how young kids love fictional violence - it's raw and instinctive just like their own powerful feelings that they have to learn to deal with. Ignoring instincts won't make them go away, they need to be engaged with, exercised and educated, and especially in times when life was more brutal and death was a common experience. But Tom and Jerry always lived to fight another day; there was always respite, comfort and resolution, which is what stories are for - no struggle, no story; no resolution, no ending.
Anyway, Hoffman was the first (1845 not turn-of-the-century) to entertain children with illustrated cautionary tales and his book was a massive best-seller, and remained so for over a century, translated into various languages. It was published in English in as Struwwelpeter, but the eponymous character was translated as Shock-headed Peter. (This character and the Scissor man were combined into Edward Scissorhands in the film.) It was so popular that a parody was later published as propaganda all about Hitler.
Struwwelpeter isn't really suitable for Americans - apparently too delicate for such fare - but everyone else lapped it up. I've sat at my exhibition tables selling it and noticed that everyone except the Americans had been familiar with it as children - some had loved it as their favourite book ever, some had hated it. It polarises people.
Struwwelpeter is subtitled "Pretty stories and funny pictures".
You can see, in the links I put above, a photo of the frontispiece - of Harriet after she played with the matches, all aflame and billowing clouds of smoke. It's a very pretty picture!
Here's the whole of her story, but you'll have to get the book to see the other wonderful and funny pictures.
The Dreadful Story About Harriet And The Matches
It almost makes me cry to tell
What foolish Harriet befell.
Mamma and Nurse went out one day
And left her all alone at play;
Now, on the table close at hand,
A box of matches chanc'd to stand;
And kind Mamma and Nurse had told her,
That, if she touched them, they should scold her.
But Harriet said: "O, what a pity!
For, when they burn, it is so pretty;
They crackle so, and spit, and flame;
Mamma, too, often does the same.
The pussy-cats heard this,
And they began to hiss,
And stretch their claws
And raise their paws;
"Me-ow," they said, "me-ow me-o,
You'll burn to death, if you do so."
But Harriet would not take advice,
She lit a match, it was so nice!
It crackled so, it burn'd so clear,--
Exactly like the picture here.
She jump'd for joy and ran about
And was too pleas'd to put it out.
The pussy-cats saw this
And said: "Oh, naughty, naughty Miss!"
And stretch'd their claws
And rais'd their paws:
"Tis very, very wrong, you know,
Me-ow, me-o, me-ow, me-o,
You will be burnt, if you do so."
And see! Oh! what a dreadful thing!
The fire has caught her apron-string;
Her apron burns, her arms, her hair;
She burns all over, everywhere.
Then how the pussy-cats did mew,
What else, poor pussies, could they do?
They scream'd for help, 'twas all in vain!
So then, they said: "we'll scream again;
Make haste, make haste, me-ow, me-o,
She'll burn to death, we told her so."
So she was burnt, with all her clothes,
And arms, and hands, and eyes, and nose;
Till she had nothing left to lose
Except her little scarlet shoes;
And nothing else but these was found
Among her ashes on the ground.
And when the good cats sat beside
The smoking ashes, how they cried!
"Me-ow, me-oo, me-ow me-oo,
What will Mamma and Nursy do?"
Their tears ran down their cheeks so fast;
They made a little pond at last.
See, what could be sweeter than that?
Tim S 6/14/08
BOOKS OF FAIRY TALES AND FOLKTALES WITH GERMAN ORIGINS
• The Brothers Grimm and Folktale by James M. McGlathery (editor). (1991)
• The Ring of the Niblung by Richard Wagner. (Kindle Edition - 2008)
Siegfried & The Twilight of the Gods by Richard Wagner. Translated by Margaret Armour. Illustrated by the legendary Arthur Rackham (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Aesop's Fables, etc.)
• German Hero-sagas and Folk-tales (Oxford Myths and Legends) by Barbara Leonie Picard (adapter) and Joan Kiddell-Monroe (illus). (1994 - Ages 9-12)
This collection includes the splendid legends of the great German heroes, among them the story of Gudrun, and the saga of Siegfried and the vengeance of Kriemhild. There is also a lively collection of traditional folk tales, with the escapades of the rascally Till Eulenspiegel, and stories such as The Mousetower and The Ratcatcher of Hamelin.
• The Frog Who Would Be King (Based on a German Folktale) by Kate Walker and David Cox (illus). (1995 - Ages 4-8)
• The Seven Swabians, and Other German Folktales (World Folklore Series) by Anna E. Altmann.
Many people are familiar with the German tales of the Brothers Grimm, but usually in the sugar-coated versions of picture books and Hollywood cartoons. In this book you'll discover some other sides to German folklore. Using primary German-language sources, Altmann has gleaned a wonderful assortment of authentic tales to enchant and educate audiences of all ages. This collection includes many favorite German tales, such as "Rapunzel," "Snow White," "Rumpelstilkskin," "Hansel and Gretel," and "The Bremen Town Musicians"; as well as more obscure tales such as "The Seven Swabians" and "The Master Thief." There are tales for all kinds of listeners and readers--more than 80 stories in all, including tales that may shock you or make your hair stand on end, as well as those that will intrigue or amuse. The stories are organized in four sections: Animal stories (Tiergeschichten, largely fables), Comic tales (Schwanke, which range from the silly to the outrageous), Fairy tales (Zaubermarchen, or wonder tales), Local legends (Sagen, which include stories of ghosts and goblins, and religious legends). Background information and tale type information on the stories, a description of German life during the 19th century, color photos, a pronunciation guide for German terms, and traditional German recipes make this a wonderful resource for introducing audiences to German culture and traditions.
• The Pied Piper: A German folktale by David Wenzel. (1995)
• The Legend of the Christmas Spider (Adaptation of an Old German Folktale) by Julie Puntch (adapter), Grace Durnelle (editor) and Christine Felicelli (illus). (1993)
• The Blabbermouths: Adapted from a German Folktale by Gerda Mantinband and Paul borovsky (illus). (1992 - Ages 4-8)
From Publishers Weekly
In this adaptation of a German folktale, a poor farmer rescues a woman put under a spell and in return is given a chest full of gold pieces. There's just one catch: he can't tell anyone about it. Though the farmer swears he's no blabbermouth, word of his newfound fortune spreads throughout his village and eventually reaches the magistrate, who accuses him of stealing the coins. In the leisurely style of oral narrative, Mantinband ( Bang, Bang, Fiddle Dee Dee ; Papa and Mama Biederbeck ) chronicles how the farmer's clever wife saves their wealth by tricking her husband into spouting tales of insane goings-on so that the chest of gold is dismissed as just another mad fantasy. Although this retelling starts out with promise, it is ultimately unsatisfying. The wife hits on the solution without a moment's pause: we miss seeing the wheels turn and sharing her exultation as she hatches her plot. As a result, she brings on her husband's "madness" too swiftly. The narrative is enhanced by Borovsky's watercolors, with the simple lines and out-of-proportion figures possessing the naive charm of Central European folk painting. Ages 4-up.
• The shoemaker and the elves: A German folktale ("Everyone has a part" play series) by Ginny Hall. (1986 - dramatic play)
• The Three Feathers, A German Folktale by Mollie Clarke and Grahan Oakley (illus). (1963)
• Types of Weltschmerz in German Poetry by Wilhelm Alfred Braun. (2008 - Kindle Edition)
Weltschmerz (from the German meaning world-pain or world-weariness) is a term coined by the German author Jean Paul and denotes the kind of feeling experienced by someone who understands that the physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind.
• ROBERT WALSER REDISCOVERED: Stories, Fairy-Tale Plays, and Critical Responses--Including the anti-fairy tales Cinderella and Snowwhite translated by Walter Arndt by Mark Harman (editor) (1985)
• Kafka, Gothic and Fairytale (Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft 66) (Internationale Forschungen Zur Allgemeinen & Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft) by Patrick Bridgwater. (2003)
Kafka, Gothic and Fairytale is an original comparative study of the novels and some of the related shorter punishment fantasies in terms of their relationship to the Gothic and fairytale conventions. It is an absorbing subject and one which, while keeping to the basic facts of his life, mind-set and literary method, shows Kafka’s work in a genuinely new light. The contradiction between his persona with its love of fairytale and his shadow with its affinity with Gothic is reflected in his work, which is both Gothic and other than Gothic, both fairytale-like and the every denial of fairytale. Important subtexts of the book are the close connexion between Gothic and fairytale and between both of these and the dream. German text is quoted in translation unless the emphasis is on the meaning of individual words or phrases, in which case the words in question are quoted and their English meanings discussed. This means that readers without German can, for the first time, begin to understand the underlying ambiguity of Kafka’s major fictions. The book is addressed to all who are interested in the meaning of his work and its place in literary history, but also to the many readers in the English and German-speaking worlds who share the author’s enthusiasm for Gothic and fairytale.
• Tales and Translation: The Grimm Tales from Pan-Germanic Narratives to Shared International Fairytales (Benjamins Translation Library, V. 30) by Cay Dollerup. (1999)
• [The Transformation of Humans into Animals: A Motif History with Special Emphasis on the German Fairytale in the First Half of the 19th Century].(Book Review) (book review): An article from: Folklore by Folklore Society. (2003)
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• The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales by Brothers Grimm, Josef Schari and Padraic Colum (introduction) and Joseph Campbell (narrator). (1976 - Ages 4-8)
For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here. Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.
• The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Deluxe Edition (Literary Classics (Gramercy Books)) by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Lily Owens (editor) (2006 - Ages 9-12)
Card catalog description
All 215 of the stories published by the Grimms, including "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," and "Sleeping Beauty," as well as the less familiar "Wilful Child," "Idle Spinner," and "Lucky Hans."
• The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm All-New Third Edition by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and Jack Zipes (introduction, translator). (2003)
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
Perhaps no other stories possess as much power to enchant, delight, and surprise as those penned by the immortal Brothers Grimm. Now, in the new, expanded third edition, renowned scholar and folklorist Jack Zipes has translated all 250 tales collected and published by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, plus twenty-nine rare tales omitted from the original German edition, as well as narratives uncovered in the brothers’ letters and papers.
Truly the most comprehensive translation to date, this critically acclaimed edition recaptures the fairy tales as the Brothers Grimm intended them to be: rich, stark, spiced with humor and violence, resonant with folklore and song.
One of the world’s experts on children’s literature, Jack Zipes is a professor of German at the University of Minnesota and is the author of numerous books on folklore and fairy tales.
• The Annotated Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, A.S. Byatt (introduction), Maria Tatar (translator). (2004)
Maria Tatar redefines the Grimm canon with this authoritative and entertaining collection.
The Annotated Brothers Grimm celebrates the richness and dramatic power of the legendary fables in the most spectacular and unusual Grimm volume in decades. Containing forty stories in new translations by Maria Tatar—including "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," and "Rapunzel"—the book also features 150 illustrations, many of them in color, by legendary painters such as George Cruikshank and Arthur Rackham; hundreds of annotations that explore the historical origins, cultural complexities, and psychological effects of these tales; and a biographical essay on the lives of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Perhaps most noteworthy is Tatar's decision to include tales that were previously excised, including a few bawdy stories and others that were removed after the Grimms learned that parents were reading the book to their children—stories about cannibalism in times of famine and stories in which children die at the end. Enchanting and magical, The Annotated Brothers Grimm will cast its spell on children and adults alike for decades to come. 75 color, 75 black-and-white illustrations.
• Rapunzel (Caldecott Medal Book) by Brothers Grimm, Paul O. Zelinsky (adapter, illustrator). (1997 - Ages 4-8)
In older versions of the classic tale Rapunzel, it always seemed improbable that a grown man could scale a tower using only his beloved's hair. Not so in Paul O. Zelinsky's Caldecott Medal-winning version of Rapunzel. Here, Rapunzel's reddish-blonde mane is thick with waves and braids, and cascades like a waterfall down the walls of her isolation tower. In Zelinsky's able hands it's easy to believe that a prince would harbor no hesitations about scrambling up our fair heroine's hair.
Of course, this is not the work of an amateur--Zelinsky's lush versions of Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel all earned him Caldecott Honors. His gorgeous, Italian Renaissance-styled illustrations are characterized by warm golden tones and the mesmerizing sensation of trompe l'oeuil. Not only does he have the touch of a world-class illustrator, Zelinsky has also proven himself a master storyteller. We are frightened when the sorceress demands to take the baby Rapunzel, we are alarmed when the flowing locks are cruelly shorn, and we rejoice when the prince and his now modest-haired love are reunited. The notes at the back of Rapunzel reveal his careful scholarship regarding the long history of the story (tracing its origins and transformations from Italy to France and finally to Germany and the Grimm brothers)--work that no doubt contributed to his clean, compelling version of the age-old tale. Children will be captivated by the magical story and evocative pictures and adults will delight in the fresh feel of a well-loved legend.
• Rumpelstiltskin by Brothers Grimm, Paul O. Zelinsky (adapter, illustrator). (1996 - Ages 4-8)
Paul O. Zelinsky, 1998 Caldecott medalist for Rapunzel, also has three Caldecott Honor Books under his belt: Hansel and Gretel, Swamp Angel, and this fine edition of Rumpelstiltskin. Zelinsky's oil paintings are perfectly suited to the strange saga of the little man with the secret name who knows how to spin straw into gold. The golden light infusing the late medieval setting subtly reinforces the theme.
The visual characterization of Rumpelstiltskin is a triumph: an odd elfin man with bulbous eyes, a gigantic, flat black hat, impossibly skinny arms and legs, and long, pointed black shoes. This Rumpelstiltskin is not scary or horrid, but rather mischievous and weird. When the young queen finally guesses his name, and thus is able to keep her baby, he flies off on his huge cooking spoon (with a pout), true to the Grimms's 1819 version of the story. (Zelinsky provides notes on his text in the back of the book, indicating his careful research into various editions of the original Grimm tale.) Zelinsky's retelling is straightforward and smooth, with only a few lines of text on each page to complement the truly magnificent full-page illustrations. A delightful book worth its weight in gold! (Ages 3 to 7)
• Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A Classic IIlustrated Edition (Classic Illustrated) by Cooper Edens (compiler). (2007 - Ages 9-12)
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are among the most enduring and most beloved of all traditional tales. This beautifully designed collection contains "Cinderella," "Brave Little Tailor," "Snow White," and 12 more. Coupled with antique illustrations by such artists as Arthur Rackham, Walter Crane, and Randolph Caldecott, these retellings are as fresh as springtime and as timeless as "happily ever after."
• Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird (Magic Carpet Books) by Vivian Vande Velde and Brad Weinman (illus). (2005 - Ages 9-12)
Welcome to the fairy-tale world where Hansel and Gretel are horrible children who deserve to be baked and where Beauty is dismayed when her beloved Beast turns human. In the realm of the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, when the sky really does fall, Chicken Little becomes the leader of a religious movement, gets her own TV show, collects millions of dollars to build a theme park, and then makes off with the money.
These tongue-in-cheek interpretations of more than a dozen favorite fairy tales will have readers in stitches.
• The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions) by Jack Zipes (editor). (2000)
Based on new scholarship and designed specifically for course use, The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm is the indispensable companion for courses focused on the Brothers Grimm and fairy tales in general. As the genre's leading expert, Jack Zipes disproves conventional wisdom regarding the origins of the Grimm fairy tales, which holds that the Grimms collected their tales from the oral traditions of peasants. This is simply not so. Rather, the Grimms took most of their tales from literary sources, rewriting them again and again. These tales are based on a great literary tradition, which this volume documents. The fairy tales—116 in all—are grouped thematically and are accompanied by detailed introductions and annotations. "Criticism" provides seven important assessments of different aspects of the fairy tale tradition by Jack Zipes, W.G. Waters, Benedetto Croce, Lewis Seifert, Patricia Hannon, Harry Velten, and Siegfried Neumann. Brief biographies of the storytellers and a Selected Bibliography are also included.
About the Series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehenive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide.
• Classics Illustrated Deluxe #2: Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Classics Illustrated Deluxe Graphic Novels) by Mazan, Philippe Petit and Cecile Chicault. (2008)
Four fascinating tales by The Brothers Grimm come alive in these bold new comics adaptations by three incredible graphic novelists. This edition of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED features both the well-loved tales of Hansel and Gretel’s trip to the Witch’s Gingerbread House and the Valiant Little Tailor’s thrilling encounter with Giants, as well as the lesser known tales of the Boy Who Wanted to Learn What Fear Was who stays in a haunted castle and a boy’s quest to snatch the Devil’s Three Golden Hairs. Over the years, many elements from the original versions of these stories have either been omitted or blandly changed. These adaptations strive to restore all of the excitement, magic, and thrills of the original classic tales, in a tasteful and thoughtful manner.
GERMAN TOYS AND GAMES
• Webkinz German Shepherd
The virtual version of the plush animal comes alive online in webkinz world when activated with the special given code.
When you register your pet you can care for it as if it were a real pet.
The German shepherd is a loyal, strong and brave dog.
It is unique as there is something different that appeals to everyone.
Webkinz World is updated every two weeks so be sure to visit frequently to see what is new and exciting for you to explore.
• Haba Wooden Walker Wagon by Haba.
Part walker, part wagon, our well balanced walker wagon is fun to push. The comfortable seat is large enough to hold a child while a parent pushes, and the compartment in back will store several stuffed animal or doll friends. Sturdy German construction means a toddler can easily pull himself up and start pushing the wagon with minimal assistance. Measures 13" x 20" x 19". Made in Germany by Haba.
• Clutching Toy Grrow-l by Haba.
A Charming, Non-Toxic Alternative To Plastic Teethers and Rattles For Ages 6 - 24 Months
Measures Approximately 3.5 x 2.0 Inches
Made of Beech Wood Coated With 100% Non-Toxic, Water-Based Stains
Meets or Exceeds Specifications of European (EN-71) and American (ASTM) Toy Safety Standards
Made In Germany
• New Generation Gogo's Crazy Bones - German Pkg by Collectors Paradise.
A New Generation of Crazy Bones. 120 new characters! In each pack you receive 3 New Generation Crazy Bones characters, stickers and a game sheet. NOTE: Packaging is in German, but the characters are the same. How's your German?
• UNCLE GOOSE German Alphabet Blocks by Uncle Goose.
Skillfully crafted in the United States by UNCLE GOOSE, our German Alphabet Blocks are generously sized and perfectly suited for small hands! This beautiful set includes 28 blocks providing 4 complete German alphabets, 3 sets of numerals, and 28 different animal pictures. Made from Michigan basswood, brightly colored with child-safe inks, and handcrafted with attention to detail.
• Ravensburger German Castles puzzle by Ravensburger.
Piece count 300 pcs.
Finished Puzzle Size 14 1/4 x 19 1/3
Box Size 9 x 13 1/4 x 1 5/8
Age 10 and Up.
• German Shorthair Pointer Stuffed Animal (Wolfgang By Douglas) by Douglas.
Wolfgang is an adorable German Shorthaired Pointer with brown and white fur and just the right amount of freckles on his face. Wolfgang measures approximately 16 inches. For 50 years, Douglas Company has been making fine quality stuffed animals with unique gestures, endearing expressions and irresistible softness for children of all ages.
• KÄTHE KRUSE Fairies Theater With 5 Finger Puppets by Oompa Toys.
Lovingly crafted in Germany by Käthe Kruse, the Fairies Theatre with 5 Finger Puppets will encourage your child's imagination to soar! Includes five little finger puppets with hand-painted wooden faces and beautiful costumes. The well-constructed, compact, wooden theater includes curtains that can be tied back as the show begins.
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