Author(s): Brothers Grimm
With the words "Once upon a time", the Brothers Grimm transport readers to a timeless realm where witches, giants, princesses, kings, fairies, goblins and wizards fall in love, try to get rich, quarrel with their neighbours and have magical adventures of all kinds and in the process reveal essential truths about human nature. A cornerstone of Western culture since the early 1800s, "Grimm's Fairy Tales" is now beloved the world over. This collection of more than 120 of the Grimm's best tales includes such classics as "Cinderella", "Snow White", "Hansel and Grethel", "Rapunzel", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Frog Prince", as well as others that are no less delightful. This new edition features beautiful full-colour illustrations throughout to provide even more magic to these beloved tales.
When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm set out to collect stories in the early 1800s, their goal was not to entertain children but to preserve Germanic folklore and the hard life of European peasants was reflected in the tales they discovered. However, once the brothers saw how the stories entranced young readers, they began softening some of the harsher aspects to make them more suitable for children.