Hansel and Gretel (Children's Book)

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Hansel and Gretel (Children's Book)

James Marshall--creator of the well-loved George and Martha books--infuses merriment into the grimmest of the Brothers Grimm tales. His cheerful, cartoonish art is the perfect foil for this dark story, making it somewhat less scary, though by no means benign. A poor woodcutter lives with his wife and two children, Hansel and Gretel. His wife (the children`s stepmother) doesn`t like the youngsters, complaining, `Those wretched children of yours are gobbling everything up!` She persuades the loving but weak-willed woodcutter to take the children into the woods and abandon them to the wilderness. Hansel, first with white pebbles, then with bread crumbs, valiantly tries to lead his sister back to the house, but when the bread crumbs are eaten by birds, they are stuck. Much to their glee, the children eventually find a `small house made of cookies and candy, spun sugar and cake.` But if you think this is a happy ending, think again! The weird, bawdy witch who lives in the delectable house cages Hansel (to fatten him up like a veal) and enslaves Gretel. Gretel pushes the witch into the oven as an unfortunate but necessary means to save her brother.

Marshall has winningly retold and illustrated other fairy tales, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a Caldecott Honor Book. Here, Marshall`s retelling of this rather horrifying story contains just the right comic touches to match his artwork. The text is set in large type, with short lines, making it a natural for first- or second-grade readers. Marshall`s wonderful illustrations guarantee that the story of Hansel and Gretel will once again leave youngsters spellbound. (Ages 5 to 8) --This tex

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (September 10, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches

History

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel (German: Hänsel und Gretel) is an opera by 19th century German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper or fairy-tale opera based on the Grimm brothers’ story by the same title.

The familiar tale begins in the broom-maker’s house, where the children are sent by their mother into the forest in search of strawberries and lose their way until they find a gingerbread house and encounter a witch, who they shove into an oven intended for them. Mother and father find the children.

In the Met’s darkly comic production designed with colorful, food-themed sets, the dark forest where the children become lost is a mysterious banquet hall and they are attended to by 14 strange chefs in the end rather than angels.

Humperdinck’s opera is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes, one of the most famous being "Abendsegen" ("Evening Benediction") from Act 2. This well-known work has been associated with Christmas since its earliest performances and today it is still most often performed at Christmas time.

In English-speaking countries Hansel and Gretel is usually presented in English. Since 2007, the Met has performed the work as it was originally created for the Welsh National Opera using David Pountney’s translation. Previously, it was produced in a translation by Norman Kelley written for the Metropolitan Opera’s 1967 production.

Hansel and Gretel received its world premiere at the Hoftheater in Weimar on December 23, 1893, conducted by Richard Strauss. It was first seen in New York on October 8,1895. Most recently, the opera was staged during the Met’s 2017–18 season.

 

 

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