Guardians of the Fairy Tale:
The Brothers Grimm
National Geographic has created a wonderful site for children to explore Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Be warned, though, when The Brothers Grimm first collected these fairy tales they were not the sweet, soothing tales you may have read. “The stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early 1800s serve up life as generations of central Europeans knew it—gruesome and often cruel.”
National Geographic’s Grimms Fairy Tales presents 12 tales as the Brothers Grimm first collected them. You click on the “Tell Me A Story” link at the end of the page and then you choose what it is you’d like to read about. Depending on what you choose you’ll end up at a different fairy tale you can then read.
Don’t forget to open the treasure chest while you’re visiting the site. When you do you’ll read all about the Brothers Grimm and see a map of where they lived in Germany and other fascinating facts.
Click on the link below to read one of Grimm’s fairy tales. After reading, post a comment with the name of the story you read, the fairy tale elements it included, and any connections you made to other fairy tales.
Did you know:
-Grimm’s fairy tales were NOT intended for children? The brothers refused to include illustrations and they were too gruesome and violent for parents to read to their children.
-Almost as many copies of Grimm’s Fairy Tales have been sold as the Bible!
-Fairy tales did not become popular in the U.S. until Disney released Snow White in the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.
-Sleeping Beauty was originally titled Little Brier Rose.
-Snow White and Seven Dwarfs was originally titled Snow White and Rose Red.