Friday, October 4, 2013

Hansel And Gretel


(Felicitas Kuhn, 1962)

When I was a kid I loved fairytales.
I still do.
One of my favorites was/is "Hansel and Gretel". 
The fairy tale that warned us that things are not always what they seem,  
not all people can be trusted,
and that the buddy system is a very good thing.
(Especially when you find yourself in a sticky situation.)

(Wanda Gag, 1936)

(not sure who the artist is, Golden Press 1964)

Who can forget the line,
"Nibble Nibble like a mouse, Who is nibbling at my house?"?
We all want to jump up and tell the children to run the other way as fast as they can! 

Over the years,  I have collected several versions of the tale.
I love seeing how different artists bring the story to life on the page.

(Erika Weihs, 1946)

(Rose Art Studios,  not sure of date, I'm guessing the 60's.) 

 
(Eloise Wilkin, 1954)


This song from the Hansel and Gretel opera by Humperdinck is really beautiful.
Night is falling and Hansel and Gretel are lost deep in the forest.
They pray that angels will watch over them.   
Have a listen to "Evening Prayer".


48 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, pure sweetness! I love that song and the melody. I had to listen to it several times.
    Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely song and I love the various books.
    Linda

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    1. Isn't the harmony gorgeous in that song?

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  2. I remember the last book. I have to say that H&G scared me as a child!

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    1. Yes, it was a little scary. But a little fear can teach a lot of "street sense" to a child.

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  3. The video was lovely! I adore the illustrations from books. Often in thrift stores, I choose a book strictly based on the cover illustrations.

    Wishing you a nice weekend. Mildred

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    1. Covers are the first impression we have of a book, so they are carefully chosen by the publishers.

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  4. Hansel and Gretel is one of my favorite fairy tales as well.

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    1. My mother always baked the best gingerbread cake, too, so I understood why Hansel and Gretel wanted to eat the house.

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  5. Definitely one of my favorites too. Such gorgeous illustrations.

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  6. Gayle, you always come up with such wonderful ideas for collections. I would never have thought of looking for the same book, illustrated differently by different artists. What a wonderful idea...especially when so many second hand stores carry so many children's books for a very low price. You've given me a wonderful idea, my friend! Oh...and I love any children's books that are illustrated by Eloise Wilken. The faces of her children are SO sweet!

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    1. Dianna, I have an entire bookcase downstairs just for children's books, many saved from the days of my own childhood. Reading and children's literature and illustration are one of my biggest passions. It's in my blood... I come from a family of teachers and artists and librarians. (And opera lovers)

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  7. I will have to come back, as I can't seem to get the sound to work on this laptop! So disappointed....but I'll be back!

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    1. I hope you get it to work, because it truly is one of the most beautiful pieces of music. I've found that sometimes, even if the volume on my computer is turned on, I still have to adjust the volume on the individual youtube. If you mouse over the speaker, you can slide the volume up.

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  8. Sounds like the words from the old days would be good reading for children even in todays world!

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    1. Yes, those lessons are still valuable for children today.

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  9. What a charming post - I loved the book covers.

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  10. I remember the 1946 Golden Book version of Hansel & Gretel, that must have belonged to my older brother and sister. Fun post! ~ Phyllis

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    1. Erika's illustrations are not easily forgotten.

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  11. I love those old fairy tales, too.... HI from another Kansas girl! :)
    -Kristine

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to say Hi, Kristine!

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  12. What a lovely collection of Hansel & Gretel books. I love the different illustrations. I was impressed, as a child, how resourceful the children were. I believe the story has many lessons in it.

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    1. They really were resourceful. I think they had to be. I always wondered how the father could leave them in the forest? Recently I read another version where the father thought the children would have a better chance of survival in the woods than if they were to remain at home. So he did it to save them from a greater evil.

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  13. What a wonderful post! Thank you for making my Sunday brighter! I have a number of vintage children's books (in fact went to a paper show yesterday and picked up some more). I adore Eloise Wilkin!

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    1. You'll have to share your books with us.

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  14. I love these Gayle - especially the first one. And the book with the puppets I've seen before & it really brought back memories - that was quite a novel approach to illustrating!

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    1. Sharon, that first one by Felicitas Kuhn is my personal favorite, too. That particular book has been read and loved since my childhood.

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  15. Hello Blogging Friend...Isn't it nice to have cooler weather now that 'Fall' is here.   The changing season isn't the only thing happening in Blogland.  Here on CollectInTexas Gal, I've done a bit of a 'MakeOver' and added a BlogShop.   I'd like to take this opportunity to invite you over for a 'LookSee'.  Just click on the signature link below...hope to see you there.
    Sue CollectInTexas BlogShop

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    1. Hi Sue, I'll have to stop by band take a look.

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  16. Another one of your interesting collections. It was a favourite of mine too. The boys choir was beautiful.

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    1. I never really thought of my books as a collection, but I guess they are. Children's literature and illustration are a passion of mine. Reading with young people is sooooo important.

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  17. I love all the illustrations, but I think the first two are my favourites. They have such a dreamlike quality.
    Thank you for including the music, I’ve so enjoyed listening to it. Barbara.

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  18. Nothing like the old tales. Stories like this wouldn't go far these days. Mustn't scare the children. Scary was the best part! That and getting to eat a house.

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    1. Parents need to use some common sense about the age of child they are reading to. But I'm all for a little bit of scary, at the right age, to help them learn important lessons. Children can not be protected from everything, and it's better they learn via a story, than be so naive that they fall prey in real life.

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  19. Very nice. I so enjoy the tale of Hansel and Gretel.

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  20. Dear Gayle, Thank you so much for your sweet comment. It brightened my entire day! I just did a little fall post. I hope to be around regularly again! Have a happy day! :)

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  21. What a sweet and fun post. I also love the tale of Hansel and Gretel! There is nothing so wonderful as the look and feel of these children's books.

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    1. From the comments left here, it would seem that this was a favorite for many.

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  22. Love the golden press and puppet versions! So cute! :)

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  23. I love the rose art studios one! The front cover had a rippled overlay to make it look 3-d. I used to have that book!

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    1. Yes, you are right. The front cover has a wonderful 3-D picture. My little sister had a similar book when she was a kid, of the LIttle Mermaid.

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THANK YOU for your thoughtful comments. Replies to your questions will be posted here, so be sure to check back soon. Have a wonderful day! - Gayle, Garden Of Daisies