- Title: Grimm’s Fairy Tales
- Author: Wilhelm Grimm
- Pages: 408
- Genre: Children’s, Fairy Tales, Adventure, Magic
- Price: Free (as of 11/16/2014)
From the land of fantastical castles, vast lakes and deep forests, the Brothers Grimm collected a treasury of enchanting folk and fairy stories full of giants and dwarfs, witches and princesses, magical beasts and cunning children. From classics such as “The Frog-Prince” and “Hansel and Grettel” to the delights of “Ashputtel” or “Old Sultan”, all hold a timeless magic which has enthralled children for centuries.
Grimm’s Fairy Tales are celebrated classics for good reason. While I was never read fairy tales as a child, the stories in this collection are jam packed with age-appropriate action, morals and language. Many tales follow the “rule of 3” aka “third time’s the charm” which makes it more fun for little kids. The stories are short enough to be read before bedtime (~5-15 minutes per story) and are great to read together with your kids or alone aloud.
The only suggestion I have for today’s parents is to read a tale to yourself ahead of time and make some modern adaptations as needed e.g. swapping genders to show girls can do action and adventure while boys can pursue traits related to the home, or change the male hero’s reward of marrying a princess to earning playdates with her instead. Overall this is a great collection of stories to keep kids entertained for several months at a time.
- Brevity of chapters makes it an easy bedtime read
- Style of writing is fantastical which helps encourage imagination
- Variety of stories from the classic (e.g. Hansel and Gretel) to the unconventional keeps it entertaining
- Good virtues built into the stories (e.g. “try and try again”, “work hard and be honest with others”)
- Stereotypical gender binaries (e.g. damsel in distress, girl is beautiful which is why she’s rescued, guy gets girl as reward with or without her say in the matter) reinforce negative ideas – I understand these tales were written centuries ago though which is why I encourage modern parents to make modern adaptations
- In reference to a wolf trying to deceive children but requiring an unwilling miller’s help: ” ‘If you will not do it, I will devour you.’ Then the miller was afraid, and made his paws white for him. Truly, this is the way of mankind.”
- Referring to a dwarf who put a spell on two rude brothers: “Thus it is with proud silly people, who think themselves above everyone else, and are too proud to ask or take advice”
- “Then as you have spoken to me kindly, and are wise enough to seek for advice, I will tell you how and where to go”