The Juniper Tree and Other Tales From Grimm

Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak, wherever you are! The great artist and author would have turned 87 today. The girls and I had a big discussion about some of our favorite Sendak books. (The photo above is just a tiny sample.)

However, it is June - my Everything Faerie month. I feel like some fairy tales are in order. Forgive the quality, pretty please. I need to clear room on my memory card, so I gave up and used my phone tonight. That's why I'm posting so late! 

The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm, translated by Lore Segal and Randall Jarrell,
illustrated by Maurice Sendak. First edition published in two volumes by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1973. Single-volume edition published in 2003.

I have posted about this book in the past. Little Sis and I read some of it last year. It was first published in 1973 in a slipcovered, two-volume set. My edition is a small single hardcover from 2003.

Would it really be a surprise if I told you this book contains some of the darker stories from Grimm? It is named after "The Juniper Tree," one of Grimms' creepiest and the final tale in the book.

And it's one of my daughters' favorite stories, too. Should this worry me?

"My mother she butchered me, 
My father he ate me,
My sister, little Ann Marie,
She gathered up the bones of me
And tied them in a silken cloth
To lay under the juniper.
Twee twee, what a pretty bird am I!"

Murder and cannibalism a haunting story do make.

Here are some of the lovely pictures Sendak rendered for the book. Each tale has one full-page work of art.

The full contents are as follows:

  • "The Three Feathers"
  • "Hans My Hedgehog"
  • "The Story of One Who Set Out to Study Fear"
  • "Brother and Sister"
  • "Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle"
  •  "The Twelve Huntsmen"
  • "Fitcher's Feathered Bird"
  • "The Devil and His Three Golden Hairs"
  • "The Fisherman and His Wife"
  • "The Master Thief"
  • "The Goblins"
  • "Hansel and Gretel"
  • "The Frog King, or Iron Henry"
  • "The Poor Miller's Boy and the Little Cat"
  • "Frederick and His Katelizabeth"
  • "The Golden Bird"
  • "Bearskin"
  • "Godfather Death"
  • "Many-Fur"
  • "Rapunzel"
  • "Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs"
  • "Rabbit's Bride"
  • "The Two Journeymen"
  • "Ferdinand Faithful and Ferdinand Unfaithful"
  • "Mrs. Gertrude" 
  • "The Juniper Tree" 

I admit, I love sick twisted fairy tales. I'm a weirdo.

A few more goodies for Sendak's birthday:

And I always love revisiting his two-part appearance on The Colbert Report, here and here (see also here).

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  1. I love Maurice Sendak and basically anything he ever did. We read the Night Kitchen despite the fact that it kind of scares my daughter because we adore the pictures and the chanting of "I'm in the milk and the milk's in meeee!"

    Can I tell you a secret? Everything I shoot for my blog is done on my phone. Everything. I should be an iPhone ad.

    Lastly, I can never, ever, ever get enough of faeries. Ever.



    1. Sendak was the best. I read In the Night Kitchen to my youngest several times a day when she was smaller, by request, although she would insist Where the Wild Things Are was her actual favorite.

      I have a Samsung Galaxy s4. It takes good pictures, but I tend to be shaky with it. I had to go back and redo some of these, because they were too unfocused. I still have some problems up there, but I really wanted to get this post up on time.

      FAERIES ROCK. :) xoxo


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