Grimm’s Fairy Stories – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

27 Mar

Started – 21/3/12

Finished – 23/3/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Challenges – Rory Gilmore Challenge (Rapunzel, Snow White and Red Rose)

1001 Childrens Books You Must Read)

501 Must Read Books

 

Synopsis – The Brothers Grimm rediscovered a host of fairy tales. Together with their well-known tales of “Rapunzel”, “The Goose Girl”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Hansel and Gretel” there are darker tales which deserve to be better known. This is a collection of their tales.


My Thoughts – This was one of the many kindle books that i downloaded on the first day of me having my kindle. Its one of those classic books that has always been on my list of books that i want to read but have never got around to reading them all.

 

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. Although i read most of them in one sitting, it is definitely a book that could be dipped in and out of. I could actually see myself reading these stories aloud at bedtime to my younger cousins.

 

Some of these stories i was familiar with and some i wasnt. Stories like Snow White and Cinderella i was familiar with, due to watching the Disney films when i was a lot younger. However there were some new to me stories like Bearskin and The Three Brothers. I was hoping that all of the stories were contained in the edition, but unfortunately not. I will be keeping my eyes open for more of the stories.

 

Now, although i enjoyed the book i did find some of the stories a little disturbing for a younger child to read nowadays, as all fairy stories at this time all seem to have happy ending and live happily ever after. For example, Little Red Riding Hood. Where at the end she is gobbled up and dies in this story, maybe nowadays that would be upsetting for a child.

 

I did find some themes reoccurring throughout the stories. The handsome prince, the poor princess, the wicked stepmother, the ugly step sisters, the youngest sibling is always the good one etc. Now i liked all these and thought that these were good parts of the fairy stories.

 

I also thought that these books were very easy to read considering they were written over 200 years ago. I know that i didnt read these in the original language, German, and that they had been made to be easier to read, but i still had concerns that i wouldnt be able to read them very well.

 

This book is really good, well worth a read if you havent already read this.  Plus i would say good for bedtime stories for older children

 

Rating – 4.5/5

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2 Responses to “Grimm’s Fairy Stories – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm”

  1. beckyday6 March 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed the tales! I’m only around a fith of the way through my version, I find it much more of a “pick up and put down” book because it’s lots of little stories. I’m impressed that you managed to read most of them in one sitting!
    Mine’s also an extended edition though, so it’s even longer than the traditional 210 tales! So maybe I’ll give myself some slack 😛 I think it’s going to take me a while to get through them all….

    • shelovestoread March 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      i did have nothing else to do though, i was over at BF’s and he was playing on the xbox so i was glad to have the kindle that day!

      Yeah youve got the edition that i keep looking at tonight, i want one with all the stories in it

      Well, I’ll keep a look out for you thoughts when you do get through it, all 210+ stories. i do wish i had read it as a more pick up and put down book though 🙂

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