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The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales (Pantheon fairy tale & folklore library) [Paperback]

Jacob Grimm , Wilhelm Grimm , Joseph Campbell , Josef Scharl , Padraic Colum
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31 Mar 1997 Pantheon fairy tale & folklore library
For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here. Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

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  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; New edition edition (31 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394709306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394709307
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Leather Bound edition.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I think a lot has already been said in previous reviews. You are NEVER too old to appreciate a fairytale. I wish I had read these years ago instead of now, at a current age of 45 years. They are quite short and succinct, with a variety of themes. These would make a great bedtime companion for anyone who enjoys reading bedtime stories to young children, although you may want to just preread the selected story to make sure it isn't too... gory I guess.

With regards the value and presentation, I cannot believe I paid less than £6.50 for this huge book. With over 800 pages, hard back bound, red edging to the pages etc it really is something that would grace any bookshelf.

The font size is just right, and the small b/w illustrations through add a nice touch. I appreciate they are not of the same standard as the colour version on the cover, but to be honest - I don't think the book should be marked down because of it. After all, it is the story I am after not the illustration.

Fantastic value. There are so many other books in the Wordsworth library collection to capture the eye, and I am proud to have 4 of them now.

Highly recommended. You will want to purchase a smooth/flat bookmark for this, as the thought of turning the corners over of the pages just does not bear thinking about.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book with the REAL fairytales... 19 April 2010
By Ms. C. A. Anderson VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book!!!

It is so beautiful with its red material and gold writing, not to mention the red tipped pages of the book. It is not very often you get a book like this one. And its appearance reflects the old fashioned stories, folk lore tales and legends that lie inside.

The Brothers Grimm were true story tellers and the tales in this wonderful collection show the true origional stories before they were changed through the passing of generation to generation and of course, by Disney.

The Brothers Grimm stories and tales are a lot more darke, gothic and slightly out there than the modern day versions of what these tales have become. But they are what they are meant to be, back when these stories were used to scare children and people into behaving in a certain way in fear of the unknown such as the forest and what lurks inside.

Due to this dark nature that some of the tales take on, these 'bedtime stories' may be suited for slightly older children. For example the original Cinderella tells of how the ugly step sisters have their eyes pecked out by birds and are blinded. Not for light bedtimes stories I think you will agree!

Having said this though, let your children hear the stories when you think they are old enough and as the Brothers meant for them to be told. They are more imaginary and wonderful than anything for children that is available nowadays.

I only wish I had had this collection when I was younger!

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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a review for the Kindle edition, I'm not sure the other editions suffer from the same problem.

I bought the book based on the title, believing I'm buying the complete collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales. As this is a classic text that I'm familiar with, I didn't feel I needed to read the product description. However, if you read the description, you'd realise that this edition only contains 62 stories. The truly "complete" collection contains about 210 stories. In fact, as of today, the synopsis for this book still inaccurately states that this is the "classic edition of 210 ageless tales." I believe calling this the "complete" collection is misleading - disclosure in the description not withstanding.

In terms of the stories themselves, I rate this collection very highly indeed, and found the book a very enjoyable read. Would have been 4 or 5 stars had this really been the complete collection as I expected.
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58 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS! 11 Mar 1999
By A Customer
I love this book, it's so handy to have all of their fairy tales in one, and the old style illustrations are charming. Call me childish, but I never get tired of reading fairy tales. This book is also good bargain - can you imagine what it would cost to buy all of the fairy tales book by book?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's the Bowdlerised version 13 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I want the original unexpurgated version, which was apparently really savage. It was based on the raw myths and legends of the ancient German people. This is the sanitised Victorian edition, with the violence toned down for children.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection 3 April 2008
By Bee
It's a great collection of fairy tales, and the illustrations are suitable for the book. It's not really aimed at little children, but good for older children and older I think. There are stories that seem similar to each other but I think it's dealable with because it's undoubtable that some traditional tales passed down are similar to each other.
Really good stories include Cinderella, Mother Holle, Maid Maleen, Fitcher's Bird and some other well known ones like Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood and some les well known stories.
I highly recommend this to people who like fairy tales, this is a really good editiion of Grimm's Fairy Tales
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87 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MIXED FEELINGS 28 Mar 1998
By A Customer
I loved the old fashioned illustrations but it wasn't "genuine Grimms" in my opinion and the stories themselves had been rearranged from their original order. A common mistake, but I prefer the stories as they were meant to be arranged.
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This book includes some of the lesser known fairy tales from Grimm and also the original versions (which are not always suitable for younger children, of some of the better known... Read more
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Published 26 days ago by Jo Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant buy
The book was amazing it was a million times better than what I thought it would be. For anyone that likes Grimm story's should buy this.
Published 1 month ago by Kris mcdivitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Really loved this
This book really took me back to my childhood and it's great for younger readers as well. Well worth the money
Published 1 month ago by Siobhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My Dad used to read me Grimm's from a big old leather bound book when I was a little one and reading these stories now brings back happy memories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DaveC
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book
a beautiful bound book of grimms fairy tales lovely illustrated pages well worth the price will recommend to my friends
Published 2 months ago by fern
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle!
One of the many books I've downloaded for my kindle, good read and keeping it on there to read again in the future =)
Published 2 months ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I really loved this book. All the tales are well written, the illustrations are beautifully detailed and it's a lovely leather bound too! Buy this, you wont be disappointed! Read more
Published 3 months ago by A reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I got this for christmas as i have a small collection of the barnes and noble leather bound classics, and it is beautiful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by marmitelover
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Another classic well written book. They also look good on the book shelf with the gold edging and detailed covers.
Published 3 months ago by TAD
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