by The Brothers Grimm
narrated by Sherry Crowther
Number of pages: 26
Audiobook length: 0:18:15
Collection: Sinkronigo learner
Age Group: Youth literature
Read aloud type: Word-by-word
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The Golden Goose (Die goldene Gans in German) is a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. A youngest son is kind to a dwarf in the forest, who bestows upon him a golden goose. When he takes it into town, all these greedy people try to grab its golden feathers, but end up stuck to the goose instead. When this unruly parade runs by a king's daughter who has never laughed, she cracks up. The reward for making her laugh is marriage, but the king is leery of giving his daughter to a commoner, so he demands that the youth pass additional tests, which he does with the dwarf's help. And the marriage is unlocked. "Rapunzel" is a very famous German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm, and first published in 1812. The Grimm Brothers' story is an adaptation of the fairy tale Rapunzel by Friedrich Schulz published in 1790. Rapunzel's story has striking similarities to the 10th-century Persian tale of Rudāba, included in the epic poem Shahnameh by Ferdowsi. Rudāba offers to let down her hair from her tower so that her lover Zāl can climb up to her. Some elements of the fairy tale might also have originally been based upon the tale of Saint Barbara, who was said to have been locked in a tower by her father. A pregnant woman notices some tasty-looking Rapunzel lettuce in a sorceress's garden and gets some massive cravings for it. She makes her husband sneak in to get her some, which she eats, and makes him go back for more. The sorceress catches him and only releases him when he agrees to give her the child when it's born. The sorceress takes the girl and names her Rapunzel. When she turns twelve, the sorceress locks her in a tower without doors or stairs, having to climb Rapunzel's long, golden hair each time she wants to get in. This goes on for a few years until a king's son passes the tower and hears her beautiful singing. You know where this is headed. He spies on the tower until he sees the sorceress ascend the hair-ladder. He thinks, hey, that looks promising, and then gives it a go. At first, Rapunzel's scared because she's never seen a man before, but he talks her down and she agrees to marry him. They arrange for him to bring materials to make a ladder so they can escape together. One day Rapunzel stupidly blurts to the sorceress that she's so much heavier than the prince. The sorceress shears Rapunzel's hair and takes her to a desert. When the prince comes calling, the sorceress uses the braids to let him up, then tells him that they'll never see each other again. The prince jumps out the tower and is blinded on the thorns. Rapunzel, meanwhile, has born twins. The prince wanders blindly until he finds her, and her tears heal his eyes. 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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