Before the Fairytale: The Girl With No Name (Seventh Night)

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Clouston presents "variants and analogues" of the supplemental nights. The nights indicated overlap with those given in Burton's main series. The Table of Contents in this covers this and the following volume. The stories in this volume are based on the Wortley Montague Codex in the Bodleian Library, originally used for the Jonathan Scott translation. No explanation has been found regarding the nights that do not appear. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. NOTE: The numbers in parentheses indicate that the night in question began and the previous night ended during the tale indicated or one of its sub-tales.

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Numbers in double parentheses mean that the story is fully contained in the indicated night. We will come and get you in the evening when we are finished. When it was midday Gretel shared her bread with Hansel, who had scattered his piece along the path. Then they fell asleep, and evening passed, but no one came to get the poor children.

It was dark at night when they awoke, and Hansel comforted Gretel and said, "Wait, when the moon comes up I will be able to see the crumbs of bread that I scattered, and they will show us the way back home. When the moon appeared they got up, but they could not find any crumbs, for the many thousands of birds that fly about in the woods and in the fields had pecked them up.

They walked through the entire night and the next day from morning until evening, but they did not find their way out of the woods.

The lure of the fairy tale.

They were terribly hungry, for they had eaten only a few small berries that were growing on the ground. And because they were so tired that their legs would no longer carry them, they lay down under a tree and fell asleep. It was already the third morning since they had left the father's house. They started walking again, but managed only to go deeper and deeper into the woods.

If help did not come soon, they would perish. At midday they saw a little snow-white bird sitting on a branch. It sang so beautifully that they stopped to listen. When it was finished it stretched its wings and flew in front of them. They followed it until they came to a little house. The bird sat on the roof, and when they came closer, they saw that the little house was built entirely from bread with a roof made of cake, and the windows were made of clear sugar. That will be sweet. Hansel reached up and broke off a little of the roof to see how it tasted, while Gretel stood next to the windowpanes and was nibbling at them.

Then a gentle voice called out from inside: Nibble, nibble, little mouse, Who is nibbling at my house? The children answered: The wind, the wind, The heavenly child. They continued to eat, without being distracted. Hansel, who very much like the taste of the roof, tore down another large piece, and Gretel poked out an entire round windowpane. Suddenly the door opened, and a woman, as old as the hills and leaning on a crutch, came creeping out.

Hansel and Gretel were so frightened that they dropped what they were holding in their hands. But the old woman shook her head and said, "Oh, you dear children, who brought you here? Just come in and stay with me. No harm will come to you. She took them by the hand and led them into her house. Then she served them a good meal: milk and pancakes with sugar, apples, and nuts. Afterward she made two nice beds for them, decked in white. Hansel and Gretel went to bed, thinking they were in heaven.

But the old woman had only pretended to be friendly.

She was a wicked witch who was lying in wait there for children. She had built her house of bread only in order to lure them to her, and if she captured one, she would kill him, cook him, and eat him; and for her that was a day to celebrate. Witches have red eyes and cannot see very far, but they have a sense of smell like animals, and know when humans are approaching. When Hansel and Gretel came near to her, she laughed wickedly and spoke scornfully, "Now I have them. They will not get away from me again. Early the next morning, before they awoke, she got up, went to their beds, and looked at the two of them lying there so peacefully, with their full red cheeks.

Then she grabbed Hansel with her withered hand and carried him to a little stall, where she locked him behind a cage door. Cry as he might, there was no help for him. Then she shook Gretel and cried, "Get up, lazybones! Fetch water and cook something good for your brother. He is locked outside in the stall and is to be fattened up. When he is fat I am going to eat him.

Gretel began to cry, but it was all for nothing. She had to do what the witch demanded. Now Hansel was given the best things to eat every day, but Gretel received nothing but crayfish shells. Every morning the old woman crept out to the stall and shouted, "Hansel, stick out your finger, so I can feel if you are fat yet.

But Hansel stuck out a little bone, and the old woman, who had bad eyes and could not see the bone, thought it was Hansel's finger, and she wondered why he didn't get fat. When four weeks had passed and Hansel was still thin, impatience overcame her, and she would wait no longer. Whether Hansel is fat or thin, tomorrow I am going to slaughter him and boil him. Oh, how the poor little sister sobbed as she was forced to carry the water, and how the tears streamed down her cheeks! She pushed poor Gretel outside to the oven, from which fiery flames were leaping.

It has a lovely fairy-tale sensibility and makes for fantastic bedtime reading — and is quite a bit better than the animated movie it inspired. Jonathan Liu. I discovered the Far Flung Adventures trilogy only recently but had a great time reading them out loud to my daughter. Each book is a stand-alone story, although there are some overlapping characters and locations throughout.

The three title characters Fergus Crane, Corby Flood, and Hugo Pepper each have wonderful, exciting adventures that are fun to listen to, and the illustrations by Chris Riddell are brilliant.

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Henry Mulligan is the lead genius of the tales, but the adventures require a team effort and normalize science and technology as a way to solve problems. Everything is told from the perspective of Charlie, one of the members of the MSC. The colloquial language makes it a great platform for attempting different character voices. The Mouse and His Child was written in but it can still give Pixar a run for its money when it comes to storytelling. All your favorite characters are here along with a great bit of humor and a fleshed out story.

The Princess Bride is definitely worth reading to your child when they are home with the flu. Reading aloud gives plenty of opportunity for talking and provides discussion points for talking about relationships with siblings. If you can find an earlier print pre , the book will contain some fun illustrations by Roy Doty. Dave Banks. This E. Orphan Lewis Barnavelt goes to live with his uncle, who turns out to be a wizard.

Along with the next-door witch, Lewis must find a magic clock hidden in the walls of the house before it destroys the world. This is the first and best book in a Lewis Barnavelt series that spans a dozen books, so if you enjoy it, there are plenty more. I think my first encounter with James and the Giant Peach was in 5th grade, when my teacher read it aloud to the class, and it hooked me on Roald Dahl. No fantasy or sci-fi, but lots of imagination and pitch-perfect portrayals of sibling relationships.

Is there any book that plays with language and learning quite like The Phantom Tollbooth? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Save the movies for later — let them exercise their imagination as they savor the descriptions of the most unusual candy factory ever conceived. Kathy Ceceri. The Silver Crown is another Robert C.

She is soon caught up in a series of events that lead her and another boy to confront a sinister plot that threatens all that is good and free in the world. Roy Wood. The House of Dies Drear , the novel by Virginia Hamilton, was positively creepy when it was first read to me in 4th grade. Thomas Small, a year-old African American boy, moves into an Ohio house that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Strange and scary things begin to happen. A great and atmosphere book that combines American history and suspense.

Ethan Gilsdorf. Kids will appreciate the nurturing and reassuring story, while parents will try not to get choked up reading about sacrifice and love in this tale of the human condition. The quirkily comic story of Stanley Yelnats, a boy whose family has been cursed for three generations. Stanley is falsely accused of a crime, and is sent to Camp Green Lake, a reform camp for boys. Stanley meets a slew of oddball characters and encounters a bizarre string of misadventures that end in a surprising twist.

Holes is wonderful in many ways, though I was particularly delighted with how the author manages to blend comic absurdity and compassion for the characters so skillfully. I did not experience The Little House books until I read them to my kids. I loved how well she conveyed the life of a pioneer family. A series to grow with through the years. Septimus Heap is the seventh son of a seventh son, and is special in this world of fantasy contained in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, aimed at kids 9 and up.

This continuing series, now with six books, is compelling to young adults and grown-ups alike, which makes it perfect to read aloud together. Each book in the series tackles another chapter in the life of Septimus Heap, his family, and his friends. Wizards, magic, royalty, mysteries, and secrets await you and your children! Jenny Williams. So few books feature girls who are smart and resourceful. From The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is one of the earliest and best. A sister takes her little brother and runs away to live in the Metropolitan Museum, learning about Michelangelo — introducing readers to fine art and twentieth century urban life at the same time.

Disparate and quirky backgrounds bring four children together to work to fight evil and, occasionally, to save the world.

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Their suspenseful adventures will keep you guessing about just how they will solve the mysteries and get out of trouble. Grown-ups help in the stories as needed, but the kids are the real heroes. These are perfect for particularly intelligent kids and grown-ups to read together. This pair of books will have you and your kids in stitches, laughing out loud while you cheer on the unusual protagonists and jeer the bad guys.

Written for kids age 9 and up, these tales of adventure are perfect to enjoy aloud with your children. Plenty of train action, but also an engaging story of kids who pull together to save their family. Stuart Little is the story of a mouse-shaped boy on an adventure. Read it to your kids before they see the movie if you want them to appreciate its quiet, magical tone.

Another book that made my Stories About Girls series, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon weaves together many Chinese folktales into a longer story about a girl and a dragon on a quest. As with the best folktales, these are best spoken aloud.