Do your kids read fairy tales? Albert Einstein once said,
"If you want your kids to be intelligent, read them fairy tales."
I have a weakness for beautiful collections of Grimms' fairy tales, so when publishers Little Gestalten sent me a copy of their latest edition of the beloved stories, I jumped at the chance to take a peek.
This collection contains twenty stories by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm along with some of the most fun and interesting illustrations that I've seen in a while. I have a lot of Grimm books, and each of them offer a different take on the same stories. I have a few that have more cartoonish pictures and gentler plot lines geared more towards younger readers. I have a few that are more like history text books going into deep detail about the Grimm brothers' writing process and what was going on in Germany at the time.
Two things set this edition apart from the others:
1. The illustrations! Each of the twenty stories is illustrated by a different artist, so there is so much variety from page to page. Some stories have a very modern, graphic feel. Some stories are an old world painting feel. My favorite pictures are in the Little Red Cap story. They are like 1970s pop graphics in red and white.
2. The choice to feature well-known stories that we all love like Cinderella and Hansel and Grethel as well as less familiar ones like Hans in Luck and Godfather Death. This is an edition that a wide range of ages can enjoy. My younger son likes to read Little Red Cap and The Frog King, and other stories are geared more towards my older son.
This is a great edition to any bookshelf! Go check it out.