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ISBN-10: 0307803198

ISBN-13: 9780307803191

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This quantity activities a hefty ninety five tales gleaned from the notes of the earliest missionaries on as much as contemporary anthropological experiences. Abrahams admits that analyzing the tales lacks the whole impression of listening to them instructed aloud yet contends that they could still nonetheless be loved. The tales function a number of illustrations.

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Nearly a hundred tales from over forty tribe-related myths of construction, stories of epic deeds, ghost tales and stories set in either the animal and human nation-states.

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So Gretel didn't look into the oven. Instead she said to the Old One, "Well, I really don't know how to go about it. " cried the Old One. "It's easy enough. Just stick your head way in and give a good look around. See? " 19 TALES FROM GRIMM As the Old One poked her horrid old head into the oven, Gretel gave her a push and a shove, closed the oven door, bolted it swiftly and ran away. The Old One called and cried, and frizzled and fried, but no one heard. That was the end of her, and who cares? Gretel was already in the back yard.

So Gretel didn't look into the oven. Instead she said to the Old One, "Well, I really don't know how to go about it. " cried the Old One. "It's easy enough. Just stick your head way in and give a good look around. See? " 19 TALES FROM GRIMM As the Old One poked her horrid old head into the oven, Gretel gave her a push and a shove, closed the oven door, bolted it swiftly and ran away. The Old One called and cried, and frizzled and fried, but no one heard. That was the end of her, and who cares? Gretel was already in the back yard.

All had failed, none had come back to tell the tale, and it was the ugly old Queen who was to blame for this. The truth is, she was not only a Queen, but a witch as well! Her head was crammed with spells and harmful 39 TALES FROM GRIMM charms, her heart was filled with hate. Each day she lay in wait for the youths who came to ask for the hand of her Princess daughter. Whenever one of these luckless lads appeared, the ugly old Witch-Queen would bob her head and say: "Very well. I'll set three tasks for you.

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