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August 31, 2006



I am on the search for something of that ilk as well. I had a book similar to that, that my mother got at an estate sale when I was very small. I always loved those stories, and that's why I jumped at the chance to do "Into the woods" and play one of the Stepsisters that goes blind...comical yes, but I remembered it as being true to the actual story.
I am on the hunt as well, and my old D and D pal from college is looking out in L.A. too, so I will keep ya posted.



pls post when you find a decent fairy tale tome. i love the ever-so-dark real tales... true 'bedtime' stories to be intertwined with the laura ingalls wilder (my boys both adored 'farmer boy') for a little variety.


Jennifer Adams Donnelly

I just saw an big fat unabridged Grimm edition... it's got to have been at Borders, that's the only place I've been lately. I can go back and look for it if you like. Another great one is an old Reader's Digest compilation that was pretty gory, I loved it as a kid and I've tracked down a copy for my own family: http://www.powells.com/biblio/63-0895770784-1

I don't let my boys have tv/movie tie-ins either, but the problem I'm finding right now is that my beginning reader is bored by the Level 1 readers- he likes lots of real details in his bug and lizard books, he just gets frustrated by all the long words. So I'm tempted to let him have a few tie-ins until his skills mature and his patience increases.


Happy Hunting on the fairy tale front. I began looking several years ago for my own selfish interest, as I was a die-hard fairy tale fan as a youngster, but I had no luck finding the hard-cover deliciously illustrated tomes of my youth.
I must ask - where in Colorado do you live? You mentioned Tattered Cover, which grabbed my attention because I was wearing my Tattered Cover t-shirt at the time. I'm thinkin' you must be near Denver. My family (self, husband and 4 boys) lived in Castle Rock from 1997 - 2002, and we miss it more than I can appropriately say.
I do love chewing on the thoughts you post. Onward!


I came across this same issue back in the day of 1984...I ended up finding books on Ebay thirteen + years later, but in time for my sons..who of course had no interest in fairy tales; but I ramble.

Amy Sorensen

Nearly every time I go to my mom's house, I thumb through another closet, hoping against hope to find my copy of Grimm's. The real one---gore included. I don't want to buy a new one, I want MY copy that I doodled in, with cookie crumbs caught between some of the pages. I'd like to say that kids will turn out just fine even with the gory details, although I'm not the best role model. ;)


Reading your post, I turned around and grabbed up my fat, hardback, small print, single volume of all of the Grimm's tales. I got it 12-15 yrs. ago at the cheap stacks at either B&N or Borders. No illustrations at all but The Pink and 210 other tales are included. The ISBN is 0-88029-519-8 and several used copies are available at www.alibris.com. Hope this is what you're looking for.


Ooooh, Grimm. Clever Greta and the cheese! I still would like to get a black standard poodle and name him The Pink. Bricklebrit (or bricklebit?)!

Jill S

There is a bookstore in Pasadena, CA called Vroman's (http://www.vromansbookstore.com) and I've had good luck ordering obscure out of print things from them before. It might cost you $$$, but they will help you find what you want.

Rob Heggen

Hey Molly - I have a Ralph Manheim translation of Grimm's that I'm pleased with, "Grimm's Tales for Young and Old - the Complete Stories", Doubleday, 1977. No goofy illustrations but very satisfying amount of gore, murder, incest, retribution, bizarre happenings and arbitrariness.

And no parent with an interest in fairy tales should miss Bettelheim's fantastic book, "The Uses of Enchantment" about the nature and reason for fairly tales and the oral story-telling tradition.

Just my .02

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