Fairy tales have been part of our lives as far back as we can remember. They were first stories that we were read to as children. The most famous are the stories have been written or edited by the Grimm Brothers.
Compiling 50 of his favorite fairy tales, writer Philip Pullman bring them together into his 2012 anthology, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version. He combines well known fairy tales such as Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin with lesser known fairy tales such as The Girl With No Hands, Godfather Death and The Three Snake Leaves. After the tale is complete, Mr. Pullman includes footnotes in regards to the stories origins, how it has morphed over the years or how some fairy tales have become iconic while others have lost in the shuffle.
I didn’t know what to expect. I knew, like many of us, of some of the more famous fairy tales, but I didn’t know of the lesser known fairy tales or of the origins of some of the stories. While fairy tales are very simple in terms of story structure and character, they represent hope, hard work and faith that everything will work out in the end. Sometimes when the chips are down, hope, hard work and faith are what we need to get through whatever we are experiencing.
I recommend this book.