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A Grimm Year: Riffraff

A Grimm Year: Riffraff

The Gist: A rooster and a hen travel to the hill that has the best nuts but are too tired to walk all the way home so they bully a duck into pulling them home in a nut carriage. Along the way they meet a needle and pin and give them a ride. The group … Continue reading

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Rapunzel

Popcorn and a Book Meets A Grimm Year: Rapunzel

The Book: 1812 “Rapunzel” from Children’s and Household Tales by the Brothers Grimm The Film: 2010 Tangled directed by Nathan Greno and Bryan Howard (Disney) Did you know that rapunzel is a kind of lettuce? I didn’t until reading the Grimm’s version of “Rapunzel.” In fact, the story was quite different then I remember it. … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The Twelve Brothers

A Grimm Year: The Twelve Brothers

The Gist: A king and queen have twelve sons. One day the king decides that if their thirteenth child is a daughter, then all of their sons must be killed. The queen warns her sons and they escape to the forest. Years later the daughter finds her brothers, but they are bewitched into white ravens. … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The Marvelous Minstrel

A Grimm Year: The Marvelous Minstrel

The Gist: A minstrel’s music attracts the company of a wolf, a fox and a rabbit. Not wanting animal companionship, he tricks the animals and leaves them trapped in the forest. “The Marvelous Minstrel” is not nearly as marvelous a tale as the title would have you believe. In fact, the minstrel is downright unlikable. … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The Good Bargain

A Grimm Year: The Good Bargain

The Gist: A farmer foolishly misinterprets the sounds of frogs and ends up losing his money to them. Then he misinterprets a pack of dogs and ends up losing the meat from his largest cow. He goes to the King to seek justice against the dogs and frogs for their thievery. “The Good Bargain” is … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: Faithful Johannes

A Grimm Year: Faithful Johannes

The Gist: When a young prince sees a portrait of the most beautiful woman in the land he sets out with his most loyal servant, Faithful Johannes, to win her as his bride. On the return trip three ravens tell Johannes of three deadly fates that await the couple upon their return. Johannes can save the … Continue reading

A Grimm Year: The Virgin Mary’s Child

A Grimm Year: The Virgin Mary’s Child

The Gist: A poor woodcutter gives his only daughter to the Virgin Mary to be raised in the kingdom of Heaven. The girl is given the responsibility of keeping the keys to thirteen doors with the condition that she never opens the thirteenth door. Of course, she does it anyway. This story is anything but … Continue reading