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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Rabbit’s Bride

"There was once a woman who lived with her daughter in a beautiful cabbage-garden; and there came a rabbit and ate up all the cabbages." To get rid of the rabbit, the woman tells her daughter to shoo it away, and she does. "'Shoo! shoo!' said the maiden; 'don't eat up all our cabbages, little … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Rabbit’s Bride

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Death of the Hen

"Once on a time the cock and the hen went to the nut mountain, and they agreed beforehand that whichever of them should find a nut was to divide it with the other." This fairy tale is quite gloomy, as you can correctly deduce from the title. It also [unexpectedly, yet seamlessly] contains elements introduced … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Death of the Hen

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Straw, The Coal, and the Bean

"There lived in a certain village a poor old woman who had collected a mess of beans, and was going to cook them." This short origin story is full of surprises - which is to say it's a delightful fairy tale that plays to the imagination. The old woman mentioned in that first sentence "made … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Straw, The Coal, and the Bean

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel

"Near a great forest there lived a poor woodcutter and his wife and his two children; the boy's name was Hansel and the girl's Gretel." I will admit - I am familiar with the Grimm's version of Hansel and Gretel, so I was not blindsided by details or expecting my view of the tale to differ … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel

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Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Sleeping Beauty

"In times past there lived a King and Queen, who said to each other every day of their lives, 'Would that we had a child!'" And so The Sleeping Beauty begins in a similar way that Rapunzel began; our not-yet-sleeping-beauty, Rosamond, is born beautiful and is basically cursed from that day of her birth. Fortunately in this … Continue reading Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: The Sleeping Beauty