The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage & The Goose-Girl

by The Brothers Grimm
narrated by Kara Schallenberg
Language: English

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Number of pages: 26
Audiobook length: 0:17:20
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Age Group: Youth literature
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eBook description:

A mouse, bird, and sausage live together and divide the chores evenly, with the bird gathering wood because it can fly, and so on. The bird gets mad because it thinks it has the worst bargain, so they change up the tasks. The sausage is swallowed by a dog when out gathering wood, the mouse falls into the food while cooking, and the bird drowns in the well. This is the short Tale that precedes the famous The Goose Girl. The Goose Girl is a German fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm. It was first published in 1815. A princess is betrothed to a faraway prince. Her mother, before sending her off to marry him, lets three drops of blood fall on a white handkerchief and tells the daughter it will take care of her. She also has a horse named Falada who can speak, which just might come in handy…or not. The princess's maid is kind of mean, because she makes the princess fetch her own water and stuff. The drops of blood protest, but then the handkerchief is swept away by a river, so it can't protect her anymore. Then the maid goes one step too far, forcing the princess to change clothes with her, making her swear to never tell anyone under pain of death. When they reach the castle, the maid also has Falada killed, so the horse won't give away the secret. The princess arranges for its head to be mounted on the gate she passes through while tending geese, and they have a rhyming exchange every day. The other goose herd tells the king that something strange is going on with this chick, who has pure golden hair and talks to dead horse heads. The king speaks kindly to the princess, but she's not allowed to tell him what happened to her. So the king suggests that she tell her troubles to the iron stove (while he listens, hidden). The false bride is punished with death and the princess is married to her intended. 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, Shmoop and Sinkronigo)

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  • The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage
  • The Goose-Girl

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