This book is simply one of the most beautiful books that I ever seen, and I love a good, pretty book. The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm have been collated and re-published in this special hardback celebrating the 200th anniversary of Grimm’s fairy tales.
In recent years, many of Grimm’s stories – Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, and now Cinderella – have been re-imagined into live action films, showing that these fairy tales are still just as loved as they were 200 years ago (even if they have been modified over time). And now this book, published in 2011, reminds us of the original enchanting stories, accompanied by a selection of classic illustrations.
The book itself is covered in purple fabric with gold imprints, and features 27 original works of the Brothers Grimm, including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Prince and more. Each story is introduced with details of its history and symbolism, and illustrated with timeless drawings dating as far back as the 1820s.
It is fascinating to read the original stories and remember the reasons why they have captivated so many people for so long. These classic versions are somewhat darker than the Disney versions we all grew up with (the Frog Prince is thrown against the wall out of anger rather than kissed, FYI), but it only reiterates the morals of the tales.
This is certainly a book to be read and enjoyed, but also one to be treasured. While you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover (ahem!), The Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm, edited by Noel Daniel, is as much as a pleasure to read as it is to admire on your bookshelf.