The Frog Prince, Or, Iron Henry

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North-South, 1989 - Juvenile Fiction - 24 pages
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When her golden ball falls into a deep well, a beautiful princess promises an ugly frog that he can live with her and become her playmate if he returns her ball.

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Review: The Frog Prince: A Grimm's Fairy Tale

User Review  - Jeanette - Goodreads

Illustrated by Binette Schroeder. Different than most of the re-tellings of this tale that I have read to my daughter-I liked it and thankfully so did my daughter. The illustrations were very interesting I liked them but did not like them at the same time... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) and his brother Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) pioneered the study of German philosophy, law, mythology and folklore, but they are best known for their collection of fairy tales. These include such popular stories as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. Commonly referred to now as Grimm's Fairy Tales, their collection was published as Kinder-und-Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales, 1812-15). The brothers were born thirteen months apart in the German province of Hesse, and were inseparable from childhood. Throughout their lives they showed a marked lack of sibling rivalry. Most of their works were written together, a practice begun in childhood when they shared a desk and sustained throughout their adult lives. Since their lives and work were so collaborative, it is difficult now to differentiate between them, but of course there were differences.- Jacob, who studied for a time in Paris, was fascinated with variant spellings of older words. He articulated "Grimm's Law," the rules of which are still used today to determine correspondences between the consonants of German and languages in the Indo-European family. Jacob was bolder and more experimental than Wilhelm, and was rumored to be a lively dancer. Throughout his life, Jacob kept rigidly to schedule and could be extremely focused on work that demanded close attention to detail. He never married, but was a loving uncle to Wilhelm's children. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin.

Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) and his brother Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) pioneered the study of German philosophy, law, mythology and folklore, but they are best known for their collection of fairy tales. These include such popular stories as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. Commonly referred to now as Grimm's Fairy Tales, the collection was published as Kinder-und-Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales, 1812-15). The brothers were born thirteen months apart in the German province of Hesse, and were inseparable from childhood. Throughout their lives they showed a marked lack of sibling rivalry. Most of their works were written together, a practice begun in childhood when they shared a desk and sustained throughout their adult lives. Since their lives and work were so collaborative, it is difficult now to differentiate between them, but of course there were differences. Wilhelm, the younger of the two, was said to have been gentle and poetic, and his brother claimed that he was a gifted public speaker. He studied at Marburg, then went to Cassel. In 1825, at the age of 39, he married Dorschen Wild, a playmate from his childhood, who accepted his close ties to his brother without question. Wilhelm enjoyed being married and was a devoted husband and father. Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin.

Binette Schroeder is a German illustrator and photographer who has gained an international reputation. In 1997 she won the German Literature Prize for her collected works. Her fantastic fairy-tale world is strikingly stylized and filled with graceful dolls and artifical landscapes. Her first illustrated fairy-tale book, Lipunchen, was translated into 17 languages. She has also illustrated Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales including The Frong King and Juniper Tree.

Lewis is a distinguished writer, critic, poet, and authority of children literature.

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