Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”

Author: Sherry Helms

We all are must have grown up reading story of Little Red Riding Hood who travels through the forest to see her ailing grandmother, but completely unaware of the dangers of the big bad world outside, she would be tricked by a wicked wolf.

Today the same story you can be heard or seen on the Google doodle in 22 illustrious frames, which is a tribute to the Grimm’s Fairy Tales, a collection of German folklores of which the story of Little Red Riding Hood is a part, for completing its 200 years of existence.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales is the contemporarily popular name of a 19th century German folkloric book titled as Children’s and Household Tales written by German brothers Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm.

Among the most popular fairy tales collected by Grimm brothers are Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Golden Goose, The Frog-Price, Goldilocks And The Three Bears, Rumpelstiltskin and many, many more.

Revised in seven editions, the very first volume of Grimm’s Fairy Tales was published in 1812 containing 86 stories. With 70 stories, the second volume came in 1814, and the third one introduced in the market in 1822. Stories were added, and also subtracted, from one edition to the next, until the seventh and final edition under the brothers’ watch was published in 1857 with a total of 211 tales.

All editions were extensively illustrated, first by Philipp Grot Johann and, after his death in 1892, by Robert Leinweber.

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