December 26th, 2012 by Nancy
Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house Little Red Riding Hood goes!
Last week was the 200th anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Google decided celebrate with a Google Doodle for Little Red Riding Hood!
Where would we be without brothers Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, who gathered and wrote down all those great stories? I can’t imagine having grown up without Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, and dozens of other stories. While some are famous and told over and over again in countless books, movies, plays, and interpretive dance pieces (like good ol’ Cinderella), you might have not even heard of others (such as King Thrushbeard).
Some of the original versions of the stories are surprisingly gruesome — like when the prince becomes blinded by falling from Rapunzel’s tower into a bed of thorns. Yee-ouch! But sometimes we can’t help but maniacally enjoy the gruesome — like in the modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel in A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, reviewed by Karen last week. And if edible houses and cannibalistic witches aren’t your style, check out our Fractured Fairy Tales theme for other retellings of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers and others.
Do you have a favorite Grimm’s Fairy Tale? Tell us about it in the comments, or send in a book review! Remember: there’s still time to submit a review for charity!
Nancy and her siblings played “fairy tales” when they were young, and she was always Snow White. It probably contributed to her love of apples and fruit (which is confusing — shouldn’t she hate apples?) and never wanting to go outside (explains the almost ghostly pale skin).