Clever Elsie & Iron Hans

by The Brothers Grimm
narrated by Chris Goringe
Language: English

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Number of pages: 32
Audiobook length: 0:23:55
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Collection: Sinkronigo learner
Age Group: Youth literature
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eBook description:

Clever Elsie is a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The story of a girl not so clever as the tale’s title. Iron Hans is about a king that has a pet wild man that was pulled out of a lake in his forest. They keep him in a cage so it must be serious business. The king and queen forbid their son from going near the cage, but he drops his golden ball in, and has to let the wild man free in return for it. The wild man escapes into the forest and takes the prince with him. The prince must complete various tasks, but keeps messing them up, and ends up with a head of hair made magically golden. This angers the wild man, who casts out the prince, but with the knowledge that if he calls to Iron Hans, the wild man will come help him. The prince finds a job at a castle, but always keeps his cap on to hide his golden hair, saying he has a scabby head. He brings flowers to the king's daughter, who insists that she should remove his cap, as it's the proper thing to do in front of royalty. When she finally pulls it off, she thinks his hair is awesome, so she gives him some money. The kingdom goes to war, and the prince-in-disguise asks Iron Hans for a rockin' steed to ride into war. He beats back the invaders for a while but nobody knows who he is. The king has a contest to see who can catch the princess's golden apple, and again the prince has Irons Hans equip him with horses. They finally identify him as the scabby-headed servant, and he marries the princess. His parents come to the wedding, and so does Iron Hans, who as it turns out was under an enchantment. 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 adapted by Sinkronigo)

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  • Clever Elsie
  • Iron Hans

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