Carlie Smith


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Jacob And Wilhelm Grimm, Gris Grimly, Brothers Grimm, Fairy Tale, Folk Tales, Princess, Gothic, Horror, Germany

Document Type

Book Review


Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm cataloged a treasure trove of European folktales that are brought to new life in this edition. Old favorites like Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and Cinderella all make an appearance. Just as intriguing are the lesser known heroes like the princess without hands, the woman who disobeyed the Virgin Mary, and the vast array of animals who form bands, proclaim popes, and search for true love. Perhaps they may appear strange to some readers because the stories are less common, but in many cases these tales have familiar morals and magic. This particular translation has very little modernization in the text, so readers will feel like they have truly tapped into something classic.