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  1. 4 out of 5

    Leo .

    Hansel and Gretel, who are they? Brother and sister lost in the woods, astray Abandoned by their parents, so cruel, so awful Left to fend for themselves, wrong, unlawful Find a house made of sweets, and cake, a lure? A sinister woman, a witch, a predator, for sure Fatten them up, tease them, and be unkind Kept in a cage, mk- ultra springs to mind Fatten them up, all juicy, and succulent, and fresh The witch, this cannibal, craving pure clean, untouched flesh Like the child catcher, (Sir Jimmy Saville), ch Hansel and Gretel, who are they? Brother and sister lost in the woods, astray Abandoned by their parents, so cruel, so awful Left to fend for themselves, wrong, unlawful Find a house made of sweets, and cake, a lure? A sinister woman, a witch, a predator, for sure Fatten them up, tease them, and be unkind Kept in a cage, mk- ultra springs to mind Fatten them up, all juicy, and succulent, and fresh The witch, this cannibal, craving pure clean, untouched flesh Like the child catcher, (Sir Jimmy Saville), chitty chitty bang! bang! Protected, by law High ranking officials, clients, a cabal, a troll Preying on children, everywhere, abound Like the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, a monster, a hound Hansel and Gretel, too clever for them, too smart, too aware Outwitting, setting traps, turning tables, giving the witch a scare A taste of her own medicine, the oven for her, Ha! Ha! To perish, meet her demise, burn, gone, goodbye, Ta! Ta!👍🐯👍🐯

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Hansel und Gretel = Hansel and Gretel, Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, Wilhelm Karl Grimm "Hansel and Gretel" (also known as Hansel and Grettel, Hansel and Grethel, or Little Brother and Little Sister) (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. The two children es Hansel und Gretel = Hansel and Gretel, Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm, Wilhelm Karl Grimm "Hansel and Gretel" (also known as Hansel and Grettel, Hansel and Grethel, or Little Brother and Little Sister) (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is a well-known fairy tale of German origin, recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. The two children escape with their lives by outwitting her. The tale has been adapted to various media, most notably the opera Hänsel und Gretel (1893) by Engelbert Humperdinck. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سی و یکم ماه می سال 2000 میلادی عنوان: هانسل و گرتل ؛ نویسنده: برادران گریم (یاکوب و ویلهلم)؛ تصویرسازی : پیتر استیونس؛ مترجم: لیلا نظری؛ تهران، آهنگ سخن؛ 1382؛ در 17 ص، شابک: 9649412190؛ مصور؛ موضوع: افسانه های پریان برای کودکان گروه سنی ب از نویسندگان آلمانی - قرن 19 م مترجم: سبا بابائی؛ تصویرگر: مهری فروزان؛ تهران، خانه آفتاب، 1374، شابک: 9645963389؛ در 16 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1375؛ پنجم 1376؛ چاپ ششم 1379؛ مترجم: زهرا حصارپرور؛ بازنویسی: جواد داعی؛ مشهد، جام آپادانا، 1381، شابک: 9649313389؛ در 12 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: مشهد، اعتماد؛ 1384؛ مترجم: علیرضا بهمنی؛ تهران، تانیش، 1383، شابک: 9648545251؛ در 12 ص؛ مترجم: نیلوفر الفت شایان؛ تهران، اورامان، 1383، شابک: ایکس - 964818111؛ در 12 ص؛ مترجم: سیما فلاح؛ تهران، افق دور، 1392، شابک: 9786006903804؛ در 24 ص؛ مترجم: آرزو رمضانی؛ تهران، سروش گستر، 1392، شابک: 9786006369617؛ در 12 ص؛ مترجم: سهیلا رمضانی؛ تهران، انتشارات شیرمحمدی، 1394، شابک: 9789647678988؛ در 16 ص؛ مترجم: علی محمدپور؛ تهران، ترجمان دانش، 1394، شابک: 9786007161166؛ در 12 ص؛ این داستان در «م‍ج‍م‍وع‍ه‌ ک‍ام‍ل‌ ق‍ص‍ه‌ ه‍ا و اف‍س‍ان‍ه‌ ه‍ای‌ ب‍رادران‌ گ‍ری‍م‌» با ترجمه: هرمز ریاحی؛ نسرین طباطبائی، بهزاد برکت، تهران، انتشارات پیکان؛ در دو جلد؛ سال 1382 ؛ نیز آرمیده است؛ این فراموشکار داستان هانسل و گرتل را نیز در همین مجموعه خوانده ام. ا. شربیانی

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    Be comforted, dear little sister, and sleep in peace, God will not forsake us. I read this short story long ago but didn't know what's its name. Great short story. Really loved it. ^_^ Be comforted, dear little sister, and sleep in peace, God will not forsake us. I read this short story long ago but didn't know what's its name. Great short story. Really loved it. ^_^

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    One of my favourite stories when I was a child and still loved by my grandchildren today. Pure nostalgia.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ram Alsrougi

    It's hard enough to sentence two little children to death for starvation for lack of money and resources. The father's character was very weak and the children were very intelligent. Besides, I thought that the cannibal witch had more prominence. It's hard enough to sentence two little children to death for starvation for lack of money and resources. The father's character was very weak and the children were very intelligent. Besides, I thought that the cannibal witch had more prominence.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Faith M ✨

    I asked Google to read me a bedtime story and this is what it gave me

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lör K.

    Who doesn't know the story of young Hansel and Gretel, abandoned in the woods, and stumbling across a witch? A piece of media that has been retold in so many ways, the original story has been twisted beyond recognition. However, the original tale itself, twisted and shocking, is definitely not for children. I was someone who grew up on the faerie tales of the Brothers Grimm, in their child friendly forms, so when I got a chance to read the original of Hansel and Gretel, I immediately jumped at th Who doesn't know the story of young Hansel and Gretel, abandoned in the woods, and stumbling across a witch? A piece of media that has been retold in so many ways, the original story has been twisted beyond recognition. However, the original tale itself, twisted and shocking, is definitely not for children. I was someone who grew up on the faerie tales of the Brothers Grimm, in their child friendly forms, so when I got a chance to read the original of Hansel and Gretel, I immediately jumped at the chance. This was amazing. The Brothers Grimm did an absolutely stunning job with this. It was well written, alarming and shocking. Really, isn't that what every horror themed short story should be? This original of Hansel and Gretel will never be forgotten in my head or my heart. Definitely check it out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brennan

    moral: don't trust old people moral: don't trust old people

  9. 5 out of 5

    Florencia Bianco

    This classic short story has exerted a tremendous influence on me. First of all, it is one of the first books I received from my mother when I was a child. Talking about this book is like evoking memories of the precious moments spared with the person I deeply miss: my loving mother. Regarding the plot, I have found it so touching that whenever I remember it, a sense of sorrow wells up inside me- the same feeling I experienced when I first read it. The world explored in this story is that of chi This classic short story has exerted a tremendous influence on me. First of all, it is one of the first books I received from my mother when I was a child. Talking about this book is like evoking memories of the precious moments spared with the person I deeply miss: my loving mother. Regarding the plot, I have found it so touching that whenever I remember it, a sense of sorrow wells up inside me- the same feeling I experienced when I first read it. The world explored in this story is that of children being abandoned and deprived of their rights of being loved and protected by their parents. Besides, there is a direct reference to some burning issues such as poverty and starvation, which also affect today’s world deeply. Reading about this has made me reflect upon how fortunate I was during my childhood. Having a close family has been undoubtedly a great blessing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen W

    A favorite fairy tale

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Another version with the duck :-/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    This was good! We all know the story of Hansel and Gretel - it was exactly the same! :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    ReadingSloph

    This original version of the story differs quite a lot from the story a two young children who get led into the forest by their father and step mother, in which the father secretly gives the bread to find their way back. In this story the two children decide to leave themselves. This story also does not feature a witch whom lives in a sweet house, instead the brother is turned into a faun. The tale does have a happy ending and is a far greater one than that of the tale told today.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annchan Maulana

    Hansel and Gretel tells the familiar story of two children who are abandoned by their heartless stepmother and gutless father, taken in by a child-eating witch, and ultimately escape to return home to a happy reunion with their widowed father....

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    Review to follow

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mela

    About that the poverty shows the real nature of the man and that sometimes what you need can be deadly. The fairy part (with preparing children) bored me. [I have been listening to Elli's reading on LibriVox.] About that the poverty shows the real nature of the man and that sometimes what you need can be deadly. The fairy part (with preparing children) bored me. [I have been listening to Elli's reading on LibriVox.]

  17. 4 out of 5

    William O

    I think this is a must for children as it has been passed down from generation to generation. It is a classic fairytale that captures the children's imagination through fantasy, wonderment and adventure. The main characters in the story are of course brother and sister Hansel and Grethal. From starting off living with their innocent, vulnerable stepfather and the "wicked stepmother" the story develops as the children embark on a journey filled with suspense and fantasy. Talking duck's, the house I think this is a must for children as it has been passed down from generation to generation. It is a classic fairytale that captures the children's imagination through fantasy, wonderment and adventure. The main characters in the story are of course brother and sister Hansel and Grethal. From starting off living with their innocent, vulnerable stepfather and the "wicked stepmother" the story develops as the children embark on a journey filled with suspense and fantasy. Talking duck's, the house made of sweets etc. are all ways of captivating the children's imagination. The fantasy in this story is an element of what a fairytale should posses. Also the classic tale of "good vs evil" is something that seems to draw all ages into a book. The children's characters too develop as the story unfolds as they use great initiative and awareness to get out of their tricky situation!! The happily ever after element makes this a good read for all children but may be more suited to those under the age of ten.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    First of all, the story is really thrilling. The children are abandoned in the forest to starve to death, because their parents don't have enough food. As usual, the evil parent is a step mother. Women in fairy tales are often innocent and passive, or evil and active. Fathers often seem to mind more about their new wives than their children. The father in this story doesn't seem to be as bad as the new wife at first, but it is his children, after all. He is rather stupid to let himself be convin First of all, the story is really thrilling. The children are abandoned in the forest to starve to death, because their parents don't have enough food. As usual, the evil parent is a step mother. Women in fairy tales are often innocent and passive, or evil and active. Fathers often seem to mind more about their new wives than their children. The father in this story doesn't seem to be as bad as the new wife at first, but it is his children, after all. He is rather stupid to let himself be convinced to abandon his children. However, it was difficult times. Perhaps, some situations can bring out the worst in a person. Anyway, it's difficult to understand how anyone can do something like that. The best theme is that unfortunate children, forced to fight for themselves, manage to find the strength within themselves and learning to cooperate with each other to survive. Even overpower a witch, in this case.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Edma

    It is a universal story for children, of all ages or eras. I recommend it to kids, because reading books now days is becoming a dying fenomen and less and less people read them. Now that everything has been wrapped by technology, even books can be read on tablets, or phones, or other gadgets. Kids are the ones who should be encouraged to read the most because they are our future and these books make their world a colorful, beautiful place to enjoy and have fun, but also learn

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    So this is the same story I have heard before. Children who are abandoned by their parents in the woods find a witches house made out of sweets and start to eat, the witch eats people and tries to eat Hansel and Gretel kills her and they go back to their father with riches and live happily ever after. Perhaps I didn' t enjoy this story as much as others by the Grimm brothers as there was nothing new to it. So this is the same story I have heard before. Children who are abandoned by their parents in the woods find a witches house made out of sweets and start to eat, the witch eats people and tries to eat Hansel and Gretel kills her and they go back to their father with riches and live happily ever after. Perhaps I didn' t enjoy this story as much as others by the Grimm brothers as there was nothing new to it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Hull

    I had a lot of fun going through the most famous works of Hans Christian Andersen, now I'm doing the same with the Brothers Grimm. This is one of their most famous stories, and it's a good one. Starts out tragic and downright horrific, but everything works out in the end, which is a trend I notice in their works. I had a lot of fun going through the most famous works of Hans Christian Andersen, now I'm doing the same with the Brothers Grimm. This is one of their most famous stories, and it's a good one. Starts out tragic and downright horrific, but everything works out in the end, which is a trend I notice in their works.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Keely

    I've read all of the Grimm Brothers tales before and I momentarily forgot how dark this one is. A cannibal witch, parents who left their children in the woods to be devoured by wild animals (TWICE). But Hansel and Gretel's bravery still shines. I've read all of the Grimm Brothers tales before and I momentarily forgot how dark this one is. A cannibal witch, parents who left their children in the woods to be devoured by wild animals (TWICE). But Hansel and Gretel's bravery still shines.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Sorbello

    Not really a moral message to this one, but good lord it’s pretty damn disturbing for a children’s story. Neglectful parents, leaving children to die a slow and painful death in a forest, watching the kids starve and suffer, a cannibalistic witch, all in a few short pages. A fun read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dyah

    The translation edition is pretty neat and free from typo. I don't like the illustrations though... =================== SOLD - November 2016 =================== The translation edition is pretty neat and free from typo. I don't like the illustrations though... =================== SOLD - November 2016 ===================

  25. 5 out of 5

    Britni

    3/5. This is definitely a darker, creepier fairy tale, and I really enjoyed it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    nαтαℓια🌈

    — read for my children’s lit class @ uni —

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Matejik

    Title (italicize): Hansel and Gretel Author: The Brothers Grimm Illustrator (if separate from author): Lisbeth Zwerger Genre: European Folktale Theme(s): Witchcraft, Trickery, Family Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “Beside a great forest there once lived a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children, a boy named Hansel and a girl, Gretel” Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): This book follows the tragic lives of Hansel and Gretel as they are left in the forest by t Title (italicize): Hansel and Gretel Author: The Brothers Grimm Illustrator (if separate from author): Lisbeth Zwerger Genre: European Folktale Theme(s): Witchcraft, Trickery, Family Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “Beside a great forest there once lived a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children, a boy named Hansel and a girl, Gretel” Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): This book follows the tragic lives of Hansel and Gretel as they are left in the forest by their parents to die. The children find their way back home once, but after the second time become stranded. They begin walking and find a candy house to feed themselves, but are tricked by a wicked witch who wants to eat them. The children end up burning the witch, freeing themselves, and fleeing home to their father who hoped to never lose them in the first place. Professional Recommendation/Review #1 (cut & paste): Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly) Working from a faithful translation of the original text, Zwerger has created rosy-cheeked, appealing children who look as if they have just descended the Alps. The witch, by contrast, is a shapeless, fiery-eyed ghoul with real scare potential, but the illustrations never take advantage of that; the pictures show passive moments and have an ephemeral quality because there is almost no background for the figures on the page. For example, on one page of text, the stepmother kindles a fire and leaves Hansel and Gretel alone, the birds come and eat the trail of bread crumbs, the children walk for 24 hours without much food, sleep and walk again. Opposite is a picture of the siblings, looking melancholy but not appearing to be in dire straits. The design of the book falters: some of the artwork is horizontal and bleeds, other paintings are vertical, with wide gutters and margins; the text is set in light type without paragraph indentations and so readability suffers. Zwerger's artistic gifts are not wholly in evidenceeven simple details like Hansel's hair color, which varies, are overlooked. For once, her version of a popular story is extraneous, and Hansel and Gretel, so often done and redone, seem lost. Ages 6-up. (June) (PUBLISHER: Picture Book Studio (Saxonville MA.:), PUBLISHED: c1988.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2 (cut & paste): Naomi Williamson (Children's Literature) In this translation by Elizabeth D. Crawford, Zwerger’s beautifully rendered and powerful illustrations provide the backdrop for the sadness of poverty upon which this tale is based. They also show the wistfulness of two children sent away from their home by their father during hard times, upon their stepmother s insistence that they need not all be forced to starve. Zwerger’s full-page ink-and-wash illustrations are amazing in portraying the drama that plagues the lives of the two children. The innocence of Hansel and Gretel mixes with the tragedy of their lives and the dangers of the unknown to make this a true Grimm s fairy tale. The witch is a large, colorless and shadowy figure whose claw-like fingers are very prominent as she goes slyly about her wicked deeds. The drama of the story s happy ever after ending will cause children everywhere to listen to this tale over and over. 2008, Penguin Young Readers Group, $15.95. Ages 6 to 10. (PUBLISHER: Minedition (New York:), PUBLISHED: [2008] c1979.) Response to Two Professional Reviews (3-4 sentences in your own words): The two reviewers have vastly different opinions on the illustrations solely. The first argues the pictures are not detailed enough and the structure of the images with the text is not appealing. The second argues the bleak colors and simple text only enhance the drama of the storyline and the horrible lives the children are facing. I stand in the middle. While I would have liked for the illustrations to pull me in further, it does match the unhappiness and tragedy The Brothers Grimm has written. Evaluation of Literary Elements (3-4 sentences in your own words): The text is very straightforward and does not leave much to be decided by the reader. The incorporation of dialogue provides insight to each character rather than leaving it to the reader. It is simplistic and not detailed heavily, and creates a depressing tone. The pictures while matching some of the text are the same and therefore do not enhance the bleak print any further. Consideration of Instructional Application (3-4 sentences in your own words): To me, Hansel and Gretel is a classic that I would incorporate into a unit on folktales in my classroom. I would use this for an older audience because the storyline is emotional and not appropriate for younger children. This could very well be a read aloud and a felt board could be created to liven up the already established text and illustrations.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    I have the complete set of the Grimm Fairy-Tales, and there are so many that I haven’t read! They are very short, as one would know, so I have decided to read each one and give them a review. Some are very vulgar, some are very cute and some don’t even make sense. Some of them are well known fairy-tales and some have never been told. Some are fairy-tales we know but are not the same because they have been downplayed for the children. Hansel and Gretel has been known across the world as one of th I have the complete set of the Grimm Fairy-Tales, and there are so many that I haven’t read! They are very short, as one would know, so I have decided to read each one and give them a review. Some are very vulgar, some are very cute and some don’t even make sense. Some of them are well known fairy-tales and some have never been told. Some are fairy-tales we know but are not the same because they have been downplayed for the children. Hansel and Gretel has been known across the world as one of the best fairy-tales. The story is similar to what most people know, but the beginning is different. As most fairy-tales start, there is a step mother who hates her children and wants them dead. She convinces her husband to leave them in the forest so they can have enough food to survive on without the extra mouths. He doesn’t want to but agrees (twice). The kids outsmarted the stepmother. The first time anyway. Then there is this whole thing about a house made out of cake and a witch who can’t see very well and a bone instead of an arm and a white duck… You’ll have to read it. It is very close to the story known by most, but it has its differences.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nolawi Negussie

    "Hansel and Gretel," written by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm is a classic tale that is both entertaining and also provides a deeper message. What I got this from this fairy tale was the serious issue of child abandonment. Apparently in the story there is a great famine causing Hansel and Gretel to be abandoned in the forest by their own father who was mostly influenced by their wretched step mother. But what I don't understand is just that how in the world could parents do this to their own chi "Hansel and Gretel," written by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm is a classic tale that is both entertaining and also provides a deeper message. What I got this from this fairy tale was the serious issue of child abandonment. Apparently in the story there is a great famine causing Hansel and Gretel to be abandoned in the forest by their own father who was mostly influenced by their wretched step mother. But what I don't understand is just that how in the world could parents do this to their own children. Yes the step mother may have some problems with the kids due to them not being hers which in no way is alright and should be addressed another time but I would like to talk about their father. Hansel and Gretel is his own children and blood related. Besides why in the world should he even listen to that beast of a woman. Yes it's true that the children would starve because of the famine but abandoning them is in no way a solution.(175)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Denis Verdecia

    This was a good book as far as stories go. I have mixed emotions on how to present it to a child for reading. In today's world this book would not be acceptable. This version of Hansel and Gretel has a step mother who is evil. It has the witch who got pushed into the fire. It could be very traumatizing for young children. Maybe that is why the movie "The Addams Family" used it as a story time read for Morticia Addams when she took a job in a daycare center. By the end of the story the kids were i This was a good book as far as stories go. I have mixed emotions on how to present it to a child for reading. In today's world this book would not be acceptable. This version of Hansel and Gretel has a step mother who is evil. It has the witch who got pushed into the fire. It could be very traumatizing for young children. Maybe that is why the movie "The Addams Family" used it as a story time read for Morticia Addams when she took a job in a daycare center. By the end of the story the kids were in tears. I can see that happening with the reading of this book. The print in this book is rather small so it is really meant for an adult to read it to a young child or an older child reading it themselves. The pictures are old fashion and do coincide with the story. Would I recommend it? I would say that the adult needs to know the child before considering reading this book to them.

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