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The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Grimm's Fairy Tales for Children

If your reader loves adventures or fairy tales, check out this selection inspired by the Brothers Grimm! Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm collected hundreds of folktales and fairy tales, including variants of such popular ones as The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty.

This list will keep your young reader enchanted. The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your fan of fairy tales.


Amazon Says: A retelling of a classic fairy tale finds twelve princesses dancing their shoes to pieces night after night, much to the dismay of their father the king, who offers a young so more...
Amazon Says: A retelling of a classic fairy tale finds twelve princesses dancing their shoes to pieces night after night, much to the dismay of their father the king, who offers a young soldier the hand of his princess of choice if he can get to the bottom of things. less...
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Amazon Says: In this classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster are driven from their homes by ungrateful masters. United in misery, they join forces and set more...
Amazon Says: In this classic tale by the Brothers Grimm, a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster are driven from their homes by ungrateful masters. United in misery, they join forces and set off for Bremen Town to become musicians. Along the way, the cacophonous quartet encounters and outwits a band of robbers, and in the process discover just what they've been looking for. Full color. less...
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Amazon Says: A stunning collection of Grimms' tales from bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle! Eric Carle brings to life four tales written by the brothers Grimm with his gorgeou more...
Amazon Says: A stunning collection of Grimms' tales from bestselling author and illustrator Eric Carle! Eric Carle brings to life four tales written by the brothers Grimm with his gorgeous illustrations and charming retelling of the classic stories. These tales capture the interest and imagination of children and adults alike, showing that while we might wish and wander, we should be grateful for what we have and where we are in life. Beautifully reissued, this new book has all the enchantment of Eric Carle's art, plus the compelling storytelling and morals of Grimms' tales. less...
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Amazon Says: A classic tale of love and acceptance from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully rendered in this magical retelling. Hans is an unusual boy. Born a hedgehog from the wais more...
Amazon Says: A classic tale of love and acceptance from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully rendered in this magical retelling. Hans is an unusual boy. Born a hedgehog from the waist up, he knows what it’s like to truly be an outcast. Even his amazing fiddle playing can’t help him fit in. So Hans flees to the forest with his herd of loyal pigs and only his music to keep him company. But then a most unusual thing happens: When Hans crosses paths with two kings with two lovely daughters, his luck starts to change. Will this lonely soul find true love after all? This lively and lyrical retelling of the classic Grimm’s tale, paired with lush, detailed illustrations, reminds us of the power of music, the importance of belonging, and the transformative effect of love. less...
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Dear Mili by Wilhelm Grimm
Amazon Says: On September 28, 1983, the discovery of a previously unknown tale by Wilhelm Grimm was reported on the front page of The New York Times. “After more than 150 years,” the T more...
Amazon Says: On September 28, 1983, the discovery of a previously unknown tale by Wilhelm Grimm was reported on the front page of The New York Times. “After more than 150 years,” the Times noted, “Hansel and Gretel, Snow-White, Rumpelstiltskin, and Cinderella will be joined by another Grimm fairy-tale character.” The story of dear Mili was preserved in a letter Wilhelm Grimm wrote to a little girl in 1816, a letter that remained in her family’s possession for over a century and a half. It tells of a mother who sends her daughter into the forest to save her from a terrible war. The child comes upon the hut of an old man, who gives her shelter, and she repays his kindness by serving him faithfully for what she thinks are three days. Actually, thirty years have passed, but Mili has remained safe, and with the old man’s blessing there is still time for a tender reunion with her mother. As for the pictures that interpret Dear Mili—hailed by School Library Journal as “gorgeous”—they were a milestone in Maurice Sendak’s career, the work of a master at the height of his powers. less...
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Amazon Says: Relates how a tailor who kills seven flies at one blow manages to become king. more...
Amazon Says: Relates how a tailor who kills seven flies at one blow manages to become king. less...
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Amazon Says: Matt Tavares’s luminous illustrations and Stephen Mitchell’s wry text transform this classic Grimms’ fairy tale into a splendid edition to treasure. "Deep in a f more...
Amazon Says: Matt Tavares’s luminous illustrations and Stephen Mitchell’s wry text transform this classic Grimms’ fairy tale into a splendid edition to treasure. "Deep in a forsaken wood, a wild man keeps watch over a golden spring." Iron Hans is nine feet tall and as brown as rust, with hair to his knees. He is cursed, a terror to all, until a young prince finds the courage to befriend him. But when the boy betrays Iron Hans’s trust, he must make his way in the world alone, penniless and unknown — save for a little help from a certain forgiving wild man. Stephen Mitchell’s deft retelling and Matt Tavares’s elegant illustrations gracefully render this timeless Grimms’ tale about pride and humility, wealth and poverty, and the importance of doing good, whether servant or prince, wild man or king. less...
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Amazon Says: How clever are you? And how sharp-sighted? Are you as clever as Doctor All-Knowing -- keen to change his sad life (and feed his poor daughter, Maggie)? more...
Amazon Says: How clever are you? And how sharp-sighted? Are you as clever as Doctor All-Knowing -- keen to change his sad life (and feed his poor daughter, Maggie)? Are you, like Doctor All-Knowing, sharp-eyed enough to search out the thieves who've been stealing a rich man's money from right under his nose? Good! You are just the one to watch Maggie as she cleverly, sharp-sightedly helps her father earn a four-course reward. The Brothers Grimm rarely told so dross a tale as this little-known one, briskly retold here by Doris Orgel and animated to perfection by Alexandra Boiger. less...
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Amazon Says: A prince searching for the Water of Life to cure his dying father finds an enchanted castle, a lovely princess, and treachery from his older brothers. more...
Amazon Says: A prince searching for the Water of Life to cure his dying father finds an enchanted castle, a lovely princess, and treachery from his older brothers. less...
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Amazon Says: A bear, befriended by two sisters during the winter, returns one day to reward them royally for their kindness. more...
Amazon Says: A bear, befriended by two sisters during the winter, returns one day to reward them royally for their kindness. less...
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Amazon Says: As payment for retrieving the princess's ball, the frog exacts a promise which the princess is reluctant to fulfill. more...
Amazon Says: As payment for retrieving the princess's ball, the frog exacts a promise which the princess is reluctant to fulfill. less...
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Hansel & Gretel by Will Moses
Amazon Says: Will Moses, one of America’s most beloved folk artists, brings us his charming interpretation of the most enduring of all Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, Hansel & Gretel. Mos more...
Amazon Says: Will Moses, one of America’s most beloved folk artists, brings us his charming interpretation of the most enduring of all Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, Hansel & Gretel. Moses’ playful double-spread paintings, full of exquisite color and details, and his authentic retelling of this classic story will captivate young readers and take them back to a dark, mysterious forest, an enticing gingerbread house, and a terrifying witch. At once beautiful, whimsical, and great fun, Will Moses’ adaptation of Hansel & Gretel is the perfect way to celebrate this ageless and essential fairy tale. less...
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Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
Amazon Says: On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf. more...
Amazon Says: On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf. less...
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Rapunzel by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Amazon Says: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" calls the witch to the beautiful girl imprisoned in her tower, and Rapunzel lowers her long, golden braid for the witch to climb. One more...
Amazon Says: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" calls the witch to the beautiful girl imprisoned in her tower, and Rapunzel lowers her long, golden braid for the witch to climb. One day they are watched bay a prince who has heard Rapunzel's lovely voice singing out across the countryside. Enchanted by it, he decides to try calling to her, too. But when Rapunzel lets down her hair for the prince, it leads to grave danger and deep tragedy that only true love can overcome. Dorothée Duntze's elegant, imaginative illustrations capture all the wonder and romance of this beloved Grimm tale. less...
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Rumpelstiltskin by Brothers Grimm
Amazon Says: "Adult and child can delight together in the richness of color, gilt and detail...captured in such art. The story is palinly and gracefully told."--The New York Times Book Re more...
Amazon Says: "Adult and child can delight together in the richness of color, gilt and detail...captured in such art. The story is palinly and gracefully told."--The New York Times Book Review "A lush and substantial offering." -- Booklist less...
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Sleeping Beauty by J & W Grimm
Amazon Says: Maja Dusíková’s beautiful illustrations make this retelling of the classic Brother’s Grimm story a magical addition to any bookshelf. The addition of darling animals thr more...
Amazon Says: Maja Dusíková’s beautiful illustrations make this retelling of the classic Brother’s Grimm story a magical addition to any bookshelf. The addition of darling animals throughout the story and cut-away views of the castle will bring children back again and again to look at the pictures. less...
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