by The Brothers Grimm
narrated by Philip Kolterman
Number of pages: 26
Audiobook length: 0:17:36
Collection: Sinkronigo learner
Age Group: Youth literature
Read aloud type: Word-by-word
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This Brother Grimm Fairy Tale, the Miser in the Bush, is about a faithful, diligent servant who meets the Miser in the Bush, who frames him of stealing his gold. This story deals with human weakness, in this case the wrong use of possessions. In The Turnip a poor man plants some seeds, and one of them grows up to be a giant turnip. He takes it to the king, who rewards him richly. The man's brother, who's rich and greedy, plans to get an even better reward by bringing the king things that outrank a turnip: riches, gold, and so on. The king can't think of anything nicer than his new turnip, so he gives that to the rich brother, who becomes ticked off at his brother for besting him. He hires thugs to kill him, but the brother escapes by talking someone into taking his place in the sack. The last tale is The Fox and the Horse. A horse is old and useless so his master says he'll stop feeding him unless he manages to bring him a lion. A fox, overhearing this, feels sorry for the horse and sets up a ruse where the horse plays dead to attract the lion. Yum, free meal. The fox ties together their tails so the horse can drag the lion home, after which he receives royal treatment. 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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