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Illustrated Grimm's Fairy Tales (Usborne Illustrated Story Collections)

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Tom Thumb - “Thumbling” and “Thumbling’s Travels” (also known as “Thumbling as Journeyman” - 37 and 45 * If you haven't read these, you really should...though I recommend sampling one every now and then, rather than all in one fell swoop. Experience the iconic classics you know and love, lavishly illustrated to breathe new life into age-old tales.

That Sendak should gravitate to such a project is rather unsurprising. His strong opinions on allowing children to experience the darker elements of life through storytelling were rooted in an early admiration for the Brothers Grimm, who remained an influence throughout his career. He was also not only a lifelong reader, writer, and dedicated lover of books, but also a public champion of literature through his magnificent series of posters celebrating libraries and reading. The Poor Miller’s Boy and the Little Cat The Goblins Bearskin The Goblins In this blog post we will delve into the library’s rare books collection to look at how some of the leading book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries interpreted the fairy tale world of the Brothers Grimm. All titles pictured are Homerton College Library’s own copies and all are first editions unless otherwise stated in the photo captions. Walter Crane, 1882 Grimm’s Household Stories [833 GRI(GHS)]There is nothing to say what determined his choice of stories; some of which are familiar and others not. It would be interesting to know what drew him to these, when he had over two hundred tales by the brothers Grimm to choose from. Here is the complete list of titles:

Cinderella I was happy to see that actually is more close to the live-action Disney movie more than I thought since we get her mother telling her to be good and kind. Wow! Snow White is 7 years old! I never thought she was a child! Can you imagine a child with 7 grown men 😱This was definitely a lot similar and yet so different to what I imagined Snow White to be, but really enjoyed it too. Central to this has been artistic representation, from Rapunzel’s long, flowing hair to the bright crimson cloak of Red Riding Hood. Oldum olası masal kitaplarını severim. Hem bana keyif olsun hemde oğluma okuyayım diye almıştım Grimm Masalları'nı. Fakat 1-2 masaldan sonra ufak çocuklar için çokta uygun kitaplar olmadığı çıktı ortaya. Masallarda çok fazla kan, kötülük, şiddet var. Biri diğerinin gözünü oyuyor. Diğeri ötekini kuyuya atıyor. Anne üvey oğlunun kafasını uçuruyor vs. O yüzden çocuğunuz için alacaksanız önce kendiniz okuyun kitapları ve kesinlikle ufak yaştaki çocuklardan uzak tutun. Accompanying Gaiman’s beautiful words, which speak to the part of the soul that revels in darkness but is immutably drawn to the light, are befittingly beautiful illustrations by Italian graphic artist Lorenzo Mattotti— the talent behind Lou Reed’s adaptation of The Raven. I am glad that this story was not unhappy for anyone but they all were friends in the end, despite some mistrust between friends.

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