The Raven & The Seven Ravens

by The Brothers Grimm
narrated by Denny Sayers
Language: English

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Number of pages: 28
Audiobook length: 0:26:17
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Collection: Sinkronigo learner
Age Group: Youth literature
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eBook description:

The Raven is a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. One day a queen is so annoyed with her little daughter that she wishes she'd become a raven. The daughter becomes a raven and flies away. A man is walking through a forest, and a raven tells him that she's actually a cursed king's daughter, and that he can free her by following her instructions. The problem is, he keeps falling asleep when he should be looking for the right opportunity to rescue her, so she runs out of time and has to split. But not before she leaves him some bread, meat, and wine that never run out. He uses these to persuade a giant to give him a lift to the glass mountain where the princess is now captive. Then he steals some magic items from thieves, including a horse that can ride up everywhere, including the glass mountain. Finally he appears, and his presence fully disenchants the princess, so they get married. In The Seven Ravens, another tale by The Brothers Grimm, after seven sons, a man and his wife finally have a daughter. She's born sickly so the man sends his sons to get water for the baptism, but they screw up and the impatient father utters a curse: that they should turn into ravens. The daughter recovers and grows up, then hears people gossiping about how she's the cause of her family's catastrophe. She sets out to go find her brothers, walking all the way to the end of the world. The sun and moon are both kind of harsh and totally unhelpful, but the stars give her a drumstick to open the glass mountain where her brothers are. She loses it, and cuts off her pinky finger to use as a key instead. Her brothers fly in, and once they know she's there, they're all disenchanted. 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 and Shmoop, adapted by Sinkronigo)

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  • The Raven
  • The Seven Ravens

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