In this favorite Grimm Brothers tale, an evil stepmother sends Hansel and Gretel into the woods, but birds eat the crumb trail they drop along the trail to find their way back. Lost and hungry, they find a tempting house made of gingerbread...but can they trust the old woman inside?
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The Brothers Grimm (Jacob Ludwig Karl and Wilhelm Karl) were born in 1785 and 1786 in Hanau near Frankfurt in Hesse. They were among a family of nine children, six of whom survived infancy. During their early childhood, both their father and grandfather died, leaving the children and their mother to struggle in reduced circumstances. During their early twenties, the two brothers began linguistic and philological studies, which would culminate in both Grimm's Law and their collected editions of fairy and folk tales. Their collections of tales became immensely popular, though the brothers' main goal was linguistic research. After running afoul of King Ernest Augustus I, the brothers were fired from their university posts and exiled. However, the next year, the two were invited to Berlin by the King of Prussia, and both settled there. Wilhelm died in 1859; his elder brother Jacob died in 1863.
Anastasiya Archipova is a freelance illustrator living in Moscow.
'The book is written in a nice way and the pictures help tell the story too. We enjoyed reading this book. A rating of 4/5.' -- Totz2teens.co.uk 'A mesmorising tale, beautifully illustrated and suitable for ages five to eight years.' -- The Green Parent 'This classic story by the Brothers Grimm is newly illustrated with beautiful watercolours and fine detail.' -- Kindling 'This is a traditional and very readable retelling of the Brothers Grimm's fairytale, complimented by beautiful watercolour illustrations. Colours are very softly laid on paper enhancing the dreamlike quality of the story and the enchantment of the forest ... This is a lovely new version of one of the most engaging of the Fairy Tales and will be popular with children aged 7-9.' -- School Librarian Journal, Summer 2008
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