Books by Jacob Grimm

JORINDA AND JORINDEL by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2005

A romantic Grimm fairytale that's hard to find in a single edition is retold and made lovelier by Watts's pretty illustrations. Read full book review >

RAPUNZEL by Jacob Grimm
by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm, translated by Anthea Bell, illustrated by Maja Dusikova
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 1997

This rendition of Rapunzel hews very closely to the original, a familiar romantic adventure: Rapunzel's father is caught nipping rampion from the witch's garden to satisfy his pregnant wife's craving, and agrees to surrender the child to the witch to guarantee his wife's health. Read full book review >

THE BRAVE LITTLE TAILOR by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1997

One of the Grimms' more eccentric tales receives the outlandish attention of Goloshapov (The Six Servants, 1996, etc.), whose ominous illustrations give the story its due. Read full book review >

THE BROTHERS GRIMM by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 15, 1997

In nearly three dozen MÑrchen—``strange little tales''- -newly translated and illustrated, Alderson mixes the usual suspects—``The Bremen Town Musicians,'' ``The Frog King,'' ``Little Snow White,'' ``The Twelve Dancing Princesses,'' etc.- -with less common entries, such as the gruesome, peculiar ``Fitcher's Bird'' and a variant on ``The Three Sillies'' called ``The Sad Tale of Clever Elsie,'' in which the suitor later repents of his marriage and tricks the foolish girl into running off. Read full book review >

THE SIX SERVANTS by Wilhelm Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1996

Although popular culture's take on fairy tales tends to emphasize the bright side of life, Goloshapov's illustrations for this old story retain its darker aspects and fairly bristle with menace. Read full book review >

THE SEVEN RAVENS by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

A father curses his seven sons and they turn into ravens in this ever-popular tale. Read full book review >

THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

Bell and Watts, two reliable interpreters of folklore (Rumpelstiltskin, 1993, etc.), team up again for this strong entry in a crowded field. Read full book review >

THE GOLDEN GOOSE by Jacob Grimm
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

A drily entertaining version of the tale of the simpleton and his golden goose. Read full book review >
THE SEVEN RAVENS by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

A young girl learns she had seven brothers who had been cursed and banished by their father for being inconsiderate to her when she was a frail babe. Read full book review >

THE BEAR AND THE BIRD KING by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

A grumpy bear insults the ordinary-looking nestlings of the Bird King, occasioning a war between the beasts of the land and those of the air. Read full book review >

IRON HANS by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

An unattributed translation of one of the Grimms' more enigmatic tales, in a lush edition with imaginative illustrations and intricate borders. Read full book review >

SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

A slightly updated text based on May Sellars's 19th-century translation of the story about two sisters who not only befriend a bear who's really a prince but rescue—three times—the peculiarly ungrateful gnome (``dwarf'' in other editions) who enchanted the prince and stole his treasure. Read full book review >

THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by Jacob Grimm
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Bell's expert translation is more complete and richer in descriptive detail than Wilhelm's retelling, yet still lively and accessible. Both deserve a place in library collections. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)

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Watts's soft, more traditional illustrations don't have the rambunctious zest of Wilhelm's (below), but they are appealingly pretty (in the best sense), representing the animals with sympathy, their defeat of the robbers with some humor, and the setting with a pleasant nostalgia. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 16, 1986

"A distinguished edition of one of Grimm's favorite tales."
After comparing several of the original Grimm variants, Zelinsky has selected and retold to make his own version. Read full book review >