The Twelve Dancing Princesses
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Jakob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm were born into a comfortable German family, enjoying a genteel rural lifestyle in their earliest years. When their father suddenly died, however, the Grimm children and their mother were forced to leave their home and move into a smaller house in the city. Overcoming their family's hardships, the brothers went on to attend the University of Marlburg, where both studied law. It was during this phase of their lives that the Grimms began a project to amass ancient folk legends and stories of Germany. This singular endeavor would become the Grimms' beloved multi-volume set of Fairy Tales. Having established a solid reputation with these collected tales, both brothers became university professors, pursuing work in the field of linguistics. In addition to their most famous work, the brothers Grimm were also well known in their day for their passionate interest in politics and loyal devotion to the German democratic movement.Back to top
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There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room; and when they went to bed, the doors were shut and locked up; but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night; and yet nobody could find out how ...Back to top
Reviewed by Katti on Dec 3, 2012
it was a book again i got the read to the neighbors kids cause their little girl would like it
Reviewed by Basia on Jun 2, 2009
A Tale Not To Be Missed
An incredible fairy tale in the original version - and the Fairy Tale Classics Illustrated version was one of my favorites. Read the original, then read "Sexing the Cherry" by Jeanette Winterson to find out what really happened after the princesses married the princes.
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