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The Annotated Brothers Grimm by Jacob Grimm

The Annotated Brothers Grimm

by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm (Author), Maria M. Tatar (Editor)

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The book was good at first, then I seem to sense that these stories mentioned were where Disney movies came from. For example, in the story, Rapunzel, it is like the movie Tangled, yet Rapunzel ended badly as Tangled ended in a good note. There are also some stories where they were modified using this book, like the story of the three little pigs, people would just be the story of the little pigs and a wolf would blow their houses down. In the book, although, the pigs were goats and the wolf would be blowing the houses except for the one made out of bricks of course. I do not think there is a main idea in the story since the book consists of different stories written in a certain time. I do not think there is an overall message in the book because it consists of a variety of stories that have a separate message given to its audience. ( )
  jcarls8 | Oct 28, 2018 |
Very comprehensive but be aware there's some very dark stuff in here, not the book for you six year old.
  EvaElisabeth | Jun 27, 2018 |
Pro: Stories I was unfamiliar with -- not just the "adults only" ones at the end -- beautiful illustrations, well-designed layout.

Con: translations are flat, annotations are often pedestrian and uninsightful, and sometimes just repeat matter in the introductions to the individual stories.. ( )
  featherbear | Mar 31, 2018 |
This is our current bedtime read. I keep forgetting that my son is having a different childhood than I had, and that he didn't spend asthmatic afternoons stuck in bed with books. So he's not as fairy-tale literate as I was at his age. Also, he's old enough to be interested in the origin story of these stories as well as the stories themselves. So we're enjoying this collection and its introduction and footnotes.

--Just finished. This is a fine selection. The most famous tales rub shoulders with more obscure offerings. Maria Tatar included my favorite story, the clunkily titled "A Fairy Tale about a Boy Who Left Home to Learn about Fear;" but I loved reading grim stories that were new to me like "Godfather Death," "The Hand With The Knife," "How Children Played Butcher With Each Other," and the single-paragraph "The Stubborn Child" (hint: he does *not* come to a good end).

Speaking of grim stories: Was anyone else confused as a child by the coincidence of grim and Grimm? I remember starting a collection of the stories when I was young, and having to close it unfinished -- too much cannibalism, too many chopped-off heads. I looked at the name on the cover and wasn't sure if it meant that these stories were grim (which they certainly were) or if that was the name of the authors (which seemed like a scary coincidence). ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
ever since i was a wee little tot, a copy of grimm's folk tales has, more often than not, been by my bedside. so it was a delight to find an edition that not only has informative annotations, but also, an inclusion of strange and slightly disturbing tales i had never seen before. ( )
  helynrob | Aug 13, 2013 |
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Grimm, JacobAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grimm, WilhelmAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Tatar, Maria M.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
A. S. ByattIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Introductory Material 
1. The Brothers Grimm . . . One More Time? (Preface)
2. Introduction by AS Byatt
3. Reading the Grimms' Children's Stories and Household Tales: Origins and Cultural Effects of the Collection
Tales for Young and Old
1. The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich
2. A Fairy Tale about a Boy Who Left Home to Learn about Fear
3. The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats
4. The Twelve Brothers
5. Little Brother and Little Sister
6. Rapunzel
7. The Three Little Men in the Woods
8. Hansel and Gretel
9. The Fisherman and His Wife
10. The Brave Little Tailor
11. Cinderella
12. Mother Holle
13. The Seven Ravens
14. Little Red Riding Hood
15. The Bremen Town Musicians
16. The Devil and His Three Golden Hairs
17. The Magic Table, the Gold Donkey, and the Club in the Sack
18. The Elves
19. The Robber Bridegroom
20. Godfather Death
21. Fitcher's Bird
22. The Juniper Tree
23. The Six Swans
24. Briar Rose
25. Snow White
26. Rumpelstiltskin
27. The Golden Bird
28. The Three Feathers
29. The Golden Goose
30. Furrypelts
31. The Singing Soaring Lark
32. The Goose Girl
33. The Poor Miller's Boy and His Cat
34. The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes
35. The Star Talers
36. Snow White and Rose Red
37. The Golden Key
Tales for Adults
1. The Jew in the Brambles
2. Mother Trudy
3. The Hand with the Knife
4. How Children Played Butcher with Each Other
5. Hans Dumm
6. The Evil Mother-in-Law
7. The Children Living in a Time of Famine
8. The Rose
1. The Brothers Grimm: Biographical Essay
2. Preface to Volume I of the first edition of the Grimms' Children's Stories and Household Tales
3. Preface to Volume II of the First Edition of the Children's Stories and Household Tales
4. "On the Nature of Fairy Tales"
5. The Magic of Fairy Tales
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393058484, Hardcover)

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 and 75 black-and-white illustrations

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Containing 40 stories in new translations by Tatar this celebration of the richness and dramatic power of the legendary fables also features 150 illustrations, many of them in color, by legendary painters.

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