by The Brothers Grimm
narrated by Steve Andersen & J Skinner
Number of pages: 26
Audiobook length: 0:19:15
Collection: Sinkronigo learner
Age Group: Youth literature
Read aloud type: Word-by-word
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A fisherman and his wife live in a crappy little shack by the sea. One day the fisherman catches a flounder who says that he's actually an enchanted prince who can grant wishes—as though being a talking fish isn't strange enough. The fisherman agrees to let him go. The wife berates her husband for not taking advantage of the wish, and tells him go back and ask for a cottage. This works, but the cottage isn't nice enough so the wife then sends the fisherman back to wish for a castle, then to wish that they were rulers of the country, and then to be emperor, and then to be the pope. This whole time the sea gets choppier and scarier each time the fisherman goes back for a wish. Finally the wife wants to be like God, and that propels them back to their humble hovel. The second story of the book, also written by the Brothers Grimm, is called The Queen Bee. The youngest of three princes is kind to all the animals he meets—ants, ducks, and bees—which all help him with the tasks needed to win the hand of the king's daughter. The queen bee, whom the prince had protected, helps him with the final task. The prince and princess marry, and everyone who had failed and been turned into stone (including the prince's two older jerky brothers) is restored to life. 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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