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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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2 Jun 2006 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 (2 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394709306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394709307
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,074 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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22 of 23 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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67 of 74 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing edition 22 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is cased beautifully and contains every single one of the stories as close to the originals as I've found so far. The Illustrations are all really lovely and the pages feel great! This is the edition I would recommend if you are wanting the buy the original stories!
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74 of 83 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected and more! 27 Feb 2012
By aims91
I had always been told the Disney films were nothing like the original stories and was eager to find out what scary extras Walt and the crew had been hiding. Apart from the original versions of these well loved classics there were new fairytales to explore. My six year old nephew particularly enjoyed "The Maiden With No Hands", which was quite a bizarre experience for both of us. That said, it really isn't something young children can read on their own as the translations are fairly sophisticated and when I was reading the stories to him I sometimes found myself 'dumbing down' a few of the words to make the reading more age appropriate. Not really an issue though as I mainly bought the book for me!

A word on the presentation of the book. Stunning! If you're like me and you like your classics to look classic then this is the perfect pruchase for you. Leatherbound, illustrated, gold page looks beautiful on a bookshelf!
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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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I think that these are a literal translation, and thus the English is awkward and difficult to read out loud
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I bought this as a gift for my daughter, she is using it to help with reference material for her FMP in college whilst reminding her of her favorite childhood stories. Read more
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