The Brothers Grimm by Donald R. Hettinga
Two Lives, One Legacy

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Children everywhere are familiar with the fairy-tale world of the Brothers Grimm, who made “once upon a time” a part of our universal vocabulary—but few people know much about the brothers themselves. Inspired by their desire to document their national literary heritage, the two devoted brothers spent most of their adult years collecting and publishing German Märchen and Sagen, fairy tales and legends. This thorough and compelling biography addresses the social, political, and historical influences that shaped the lives and stories of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.

About Donald R. Hettinga

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Donald R. Hettinga is a professor of English at Calvin College, where he writes about children's literature and codirects the Festival of Faith and Writing. He lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is his first book for children.
Published October 15, 2001 by Clarion Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He presents them as a pair of librarian/scholars who, despite (some) differences of temperament and interest, lived together for nearly their entire lives, achieving not only international renown for their researches into language and folk literature, but local notoriety as two of the “Göttingen ...

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With conversational language and colorful historical references, Hettinga (Presenting Madeleine L'Engle) makes the account accessible ("Once upon a time, a very real time—in fact, a time when George Washington was still General Washington and was just thinking about becoming the first president o...

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