Snow white and Rose Red by Jacob Grimm

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A retelling of the traditional tale about two kind and beautiful sisters who befriend an unusual bear.
 

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After studying at Marburg, Jacob became a clerk in the War Office at Kassel, and in 1808 librarian to Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia. In 1841 he received Professorship at Berlin, and in 1854 began work on Deutsches Worterbuch with his brother. Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) and his brother Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) pioneered the study of German philosophy, law, mythology and folklore, but they are best known for their collection of fairy tales. These include such popular stories as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. Commonly referred to now as Grimm's Fairy Tales, their collection was published as Kinder-und-Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales, 1812-15). The brothers were born thirteen months apart in the German province of Hesse, and were inseparable from childhood. Throughout their lives they showed a marked lack of sibling rivalry. Most of their works were written together, a practice begun in childhood when they shared a desk and sustained throughout their adult lives. Since their lives and work were so collaborative, it is difficult now to differentiate between them, but of course there were differences.- Jacob, who studied for a time in Paris, was fascinated with variant spellings of older words. He articulated "Grimm's Law," the rules of which are still used today to determine correspondences between the consonants of German and languages in the Indo-European family. Jacob was bolder and more experimental than Wilhelm, and was rumored to be a lively dancer. Throughout his life, Jacob kept rigidly to schedule and could be extremely focused on work that demanded close attention to detail. He never married, but was a loving uncle to Wilhelm's children. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin. GENNADY SPIRIN " has illustrated numerous books, which have been published in both his native Europe and the United States. He lives in New Jersey.
 
Published January 1, 1991 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A slightly updated text based on May Sellars's 19th-century translation of the story about two sisters who not only befriend a bear who's really a prince but rescue--three times--the peculiarly ungrateful gnome (``dwarf'' in other editions) who enchanted the prince and stole his treasure.

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The well-known fairy tale about two lovely sisters and a friendly bear contains superbly executed paintings [that] enhance the story's grandeur, said PW. The book's handsome design adds to its O

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Every detail of this intricately illustrated volume seems to extol the triumph of beauty and purity, as symbolized by the lovely, fragile rose. Floral garlands adorn the book inside and out, and heart

Nov 02 1992 | Read Full Review of Snow white and Rose Red

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The well-known fairy tale about two lovely sisters and a friendly bear contains ""superbly executed paintings [that] enhance the story's grandeur,"" said PW.

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Gr 3–4—Although opposite in appearance and personality, two sisters live in domestic bliss with their mother. "Both girls were helpful, grateful and loving and never thought badly of anyone or anything." They give shelter to a large black bear one winter night, and he remains until spring. He the...

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