Grimm's Fairy Tales


Grimm's Fairy Tales

Wilhelm Grimm
415 pages


Not only a classic of Western literature, the Grimm brothers’ collection of fairy tales is a pillar of modern culture and consciousness. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White - to name a luminous few - are found in this collection. If you’re looking for feel-good fantasy though, beware: the original tales can be quite different from their animated incarnations. In fact, at the time of their original 1812 publication, the stories were criticized as unsuitable for children, with their sexual allusions and violence - despite the Grimm brothers’ attempts to actually tone down their adaptations of the original folktales. Regardless, the tales are a testament to the art of oral storytelling - the ancestor of our beloved animated children’s movies - that is long lost in the modern era.


  • Jacob Grimm
  • Wilhelm Grimm


Archive Classics on Nov 15, 2013

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Summary:A miller lies to the king and says that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king believes him, takes his daughter and locks her in a room with straw and tells her that if it’s not gold by the morning she will be killed. She becomes distraught until a funny, little man appears and says that he can turn the straw into gold for her, but she must give him her jewelry. He did this two nights in a row and by the third night the exchange changed. Instead of her jewelry the little man wanted her first born child. She agreed and after the third day the kind proposed to the miller’s daughter. When they had their first son, the little man reappeared and demanded the baby. The queen refused and a new bargain was struck. If she could guess his name within 3 days, she could keep her baby. The queen guess the little man’s name, he became upset and left without the baby. Personal Reaction:I grew up on Grimm’s fairytales and they have always been my favorite stories. The illustrations in this version are incredibly detailed and beautiful. I also like one of the morals of the story is that you shouldn’t lie about something that you can’t come through on. Classroom Extension:1) Have the students discuss any lies they may have told and why they back fired. 2) Have the students draw their version of Rumpelstilkskin.