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7 Brothers Grimm Tales to Celebrate Wilhelm Grimm’s Birthday

We all remember reading our favorite fairy tales as children. However, we often forget about the two brothers responsible for recording and publishing these surprisingly dark tales. On this day, over 200 years ago, Wilhelm Grimm was born. Wilhelm Grimm was the younger brother of Jacob Grimm and the other half of the famous Brothers Grimm duo. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at seven classic Brothers Grimm tales.

 

1. Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is a classic Brothers Grimm tale and tells the story of young Hansel and Gretel who are kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch after being abandoned in the woods by their rotten stepmother. Hansel and Gretel is a well-known German fairy tale and was recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. It remains popular to this day and has been adapted into an opera and several films.

 

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2. Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin is another German fairy tale collected by the Grimm Brothers and published in 1812. It tells the tale of a poor miller’s daughter, locked in a room until she is able to spin straw into gold. When a tricky goblin-like creature comes to her rescue and offers her a deal she cannot resist, she happily obliges without considering the consequences. When push comes to shove, the goblin makes another deal and the miller’s daughter is able to outsmart him in the end. This tale has been adapted into films, television shows, and comics.

 

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3. death’s Messengers

A lesser known tale of the Brothers Grimm is Death’s Messengers. In this tale, after Death is badly beaten by a giant, a young man comes and helps him back up. In a gesture of gratitude, Death tells the young man that he will send messengers before Death comes for him one day. Years later, the man is surprised when Death comes for him as he did not see his messengers. However, Death tells him the messengers were, in fact, illness, aging, and sleep. Death’s Messengers is tale 177 by the Grimm Brothers.

 

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4. The Frog Prince

A classic Grimm Brothers’ tale is The Frog Prince, which is traditionally the first story of their collection published in 1812. In this classic story, a mere frog turns into a handsome prince upon receiving a kiss from the princess. This tale has been adapted into several modern day films, most notably Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

 

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5. Snow White

Snow White (and the Seven Dwarfs) is a classic tale originally published in 1812 and later revised and published in 1854. This tale features a beautiful maiden, seven rugged dwarfs, a magic mirror, and a jealous, evil queen. This classic tale has most notably been made into a Disney film among many other films, television shows, and plays.

 

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6. Rapunzel

Rapunzel (and her long hair) is another German fairy tale collected by the brothers and published in 1812. After her father was caught stealing from a sorceress’ garden, Rapunzel is promised to the sorceress at birth in reparation for her father’s theft. When the time comes, the sorceress takes Rapunzel and raises her as her own. When she turns twelve, the sorceress locks her up in a tower until one day she is rescued by a prince after he hears her singing from the tower. This classic tale has been made into many films, most notably the Disney adaptation, Tangled.

 

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7. The Elves and The Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker was originally the first of three stories published under entry thirty-nine by the Brothers Grimm. It tells the story of a poor shoemaker, struggling to make ends meet, who receives help from magical elves who mysteriously work in the night by making shoes from the extra leather he leaves out. The tale has since been adapted into a musical and has provided inspiration for numerous television shows and films.    

 

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School Considers Removing 200 ‘Sexist’ Books From Library

Purging libraries of books considered harmful to children isn’t anything new. It can be for violent content, sexual themes or even due to being written by a controversial author. One group in Barcelona is considering purging books for another big reason: sexism.

The Guardian reported that the Associació Espai i Lleure has reviewed close to 600 books in The Taber School in Barcelona as part of their Library and Gender project, which aims to highlight the hidden sexist content found in most children’s books.

The group found that around 200 of the books at the school’s library contained hidden sexist themes. As a result, the books is considering removing from the library. Some of the removed books include Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty.

The group said that the purpose of this review was not to target specific books, but to address the larger issue of sexism in children’s books. There have been studies conducted about gender bias in children’s books, in which males are more likely to be the protagonist of a children’s story and get more speaking roles than female characters. Espai i Lleure hopes to shine a light on the casual sexism in certain stories in order for children to learn these earlier in life in order to counter sexism when they are older.

You can read for about the group’s efforts here.

Do you agree with what Espai i Lleure is doing?

 

 

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Camila Cabello to Star in ‘Cinderella’ Adaptation

If you are one of the few that think we don’t need another Cinderella adaptation, I hope this will convince you otherwise. Cuban-American singer, Camila Cabello, is preparing for her acting debut in Sony’s adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.

The Fifth Harmony alumna made her big break with her hit ‘Havana’, the hit song off her album Camila, which released in 2018. As her first single ‘Havana’ stole the charts and became the most streamed song by a female artist. As part of the cast, she will also be assisting in the music creation.

 

Camila Cabello performing live

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Over the past many years, Cinderella retellings and adaptations have been popular in both literature and film. In 2017 we saw the release of My Fairy God Mother is a Drag Queen by David Clawson, which put a very modern spin on the classic. Cinder, a more popular release, written by Marissa Meyer, takes a more fantastical approach to the story. I know, what could be more of a fantasy than a fairy god mother and mice that turn into horses? Well, Cinderella is a robot. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella took the story back to its roots, minus Disney’s musical numbers, while Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella featured favorite artists Brandy and Whitney Houston.

 

Lily James as Cinderella

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Of course, with a new adaptation comes the very important question: what will be different? This particular adaptation was thought up by late night show host, James Corden. You may know him from Carpool Karaoke, which Cabello appeared on in 2017. The story is said to be a modern take on the classic, but further plot details are being held tight.

 

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Working with Cabello and Corden on the project are Leo Pearlman and Kay Cannon. Pearlman has worked with Corden for years at Fulwell 73, but is more popular with his documentaries, such as The Class of ’92. Fans will know Cannon from her work on blockbusters like Pitch Perfect and Blockers. The line-up of comedic writers combined with Cabello’s tunes is sure to make it a box office hit. What we do know is that the project is on the fast-track to production, so we are hoping for more news soon.

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Lego’s Newest Toy ‘Once-Upon-a-Brick’ Looks Magical

Fairy tales, pop-up books, and legos. These three staples of childhood come together in Lego’s newest toy “Once Upon A Brick”.

 

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The 859-piece set lets kids build scenes from two classic tales: Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. Five mini-figure characters are included in the set, including Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother, the Wolf, the Giant, and Jack.

 

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This perfectly combines story time with the creative challenge that Lego toys bring.

Earlier this month Lego announced the release of “Once Upon A Brick” on Twitter.

 

 

Although the promotion is similar to Samsung’s $2000 Galaxy Fold phone, thankfully the price is much more reasonable at 79.95 Euro, roughly 90 US dollars.

 

It may be a little too early to start Holiday shopping, but this looks like a pretty darn good gift!

 

 

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