by The Brothers Grimm
narrated by Quentin Reid
Number of pages: 39
Audiobook length: 0:27:32
Collection: Sinkronigo learner
Age Group: Youth literature
Read aloud type: Word-by-word
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Ashputtel or Aschenputtel is a well-known version of Cinderella recorded by the German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the 19th century. There’s no need to introduce the story, but in this version the help does not comes from a fairy-godmother, but the wishing tree that grows on Ashputtel’s mother's grave. The second tale of the book is The White Snake. One servant eats a bite of the king's special white snake dish and instantly understands the language of animals, which is handy when he's accused of stealing the queen's ring. He overhears a duck complaining about its irritated stomach, and manages to prove his innocence upon slaughtering the duck. Then the servant takes some money and splits. On his journey, he's nice to fish, ants, and ravens. All of these animals help him complete a princess's impossible tasks in order to marry her. Even though she'd executed all the previous suitors who'd failed, she falls in love with his dude and so they are happy together. Clever Hans is another fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm about a boy who ruins his engagement with a girl through a variety of comedic events. The Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born in the German state of Hesse. They were universally known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of 'Nursery and Household Tales' in 1812 and 1814. Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history, and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration, the tales soon came into the possession of young readers. This was in part due to Edgar Taylor, who made the first English translation of part of the tales in 1823. (Summary from Wikipedia and Shmoop, adapted by Sinkronigo)
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