Favorite Tales From Grimm, Illustrated by Mercer Mayer

I apologize for taking so long to post.  The heat has climbed into 106-degree territory.  I blame brain melt.

One way to keep cool is to frequent our favorite bookstores and beloved branch of our local library.  We have made some new friends (Ivy and Bean!!!), and explored new-found interests (books on France and Shirley Temple).  But for now, as requested, here is some more of a fairy tale book we checked out a few weeks ago.

Favorite Tales from Grimm, Illustrated by Mercer Mayer.  Text retold by Nancy Garden.  New York: Four Winds Press, 1982.
Mercer Mayer illustrated several books of fairy tales in the late-1970s/early-1980s.  This book is now out-of-print, and while I haven't made my way through the text entirely, the translation sticks to the original Grimm (i.e. Cinderella's gown comes from birds sent by the tree planted at her mother's grave).  The stories included in the book are:
     "Little Snow White"
     "Rumpelstiltskin"
     "The Two Brothers"
     "Allerleirauh"
     "The Goose Girl"
     "Little Red Cap"
     "The Bremen Town Musicians"
     "Snow White and Rose Red"
     "Fundevogel"
     "Rapunzel"
     "Hansel and Gretel"
     "The Fisherman and His Wife"
     "The Valiant Little Tailor"
     "Little Briar Rose"
     "Thumbling"
     "The Golden Bird"
     "Cinderella"
     "The Six Swans"
     "The Girl Without Hands"
     "Fitcher's Hands"
   
There is one full-color illustration per story, with small black illustrations (woodcuts?) interspersed throughout:


Here are a few favorites!
"Little Snow White"

"Rumpelstiltskin"

"Little Red Cap"

"The Bremen Town Musicians"

"Snow White and Rose Red"


"Hansel and Gretel"

"Little Briar Rose"

"Cinderella"


"Fitcher's Bird"
By the way, art from this book may be purchased from Mercer Mayer's artist website!



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  1. Thank you Danzel! First of all, those illustrations are incredible! Mercer Mayer is such a HUGE TALENT! I'm going to get my hands on that book. I've got to. Also I think I know what to ask for on my next birthday/christmas- Mercer Mayer prints- LOVE.

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    1. Yay, and you're welcome! I'm glad it was worth the wait. My only disappointment is there weren't more of these illustrations throughout the book. They're so beautiful, they leave you wanting more!

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  2. omg omg omg omg omg -- actually my words were slightly more colorful as I sat reading this post. omg. short for OH MY GOODNESS! omg. I am incapable of coherent words and sentences. It's best that I never ever visit you. Because I WOULD STEAL YOUR BOOK! tee hee.

    106??? that's crazy.

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    1. Haha! Yeah, I'll be sad to return it to the library. I'll be keeping an eye out for a decently-priced used copy.

      Today it was a cooler 101. Blah.

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  3. Ooh lovely! So so lovely! How were your kids with the actual Grimm versions? How old are they again?

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    1. They're 6 1/2 and 4 1/2. My youngest has a ghoulish side, but not as much patience,so I haven't read many to her. I've read many of the originals to my oldest over the last couple of years, though. We discuss them quite a bit as we go along. She's pretty familiar with them now, so we skipped around on this one.

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