Fairy Tales Of The Brothers Grimm:Hansel & Gretel
A scary story that plays on a child’s fear of being abandoned by parents, and getting lost in the woods. For young children, food and eating is a very important aspect of everyday life and often can be the object of many hidden fears.
In Hansel and Gretel, the food theme is apparent throughout the story. The children are driven out of the house because the stepmother claims there isn’t enough food. Hansel & Gretel leave a trail of breadcrumbs, but it’s eaten by the birds. The witch’s house made out of gingerbread and the children taste a piece. The witch wants to eat the children, but decides to feed them first to fatten them up. Many common childhood fears are expressed in this tale, from fear of abandonment and hunger to betrayal of trust.
The children in this story are betrayed by the grownups they trust – the stepmother, the witch, and even their father who fails to protect them. And yet in the end the courage and resourcefulness of Gretel helps the children to successfully overcome all obstacles and even reap a handsome reward, the witch’s treasure. Despite the many dangers and threats, most children enjoy the thrill of the story of Hansel and Gretel because it offers a hopeful message that perseverance and resilience will overcome any adversary.
The moral lesson: Hope and survival against all odds. It testifies to the timeless truth that love and courage will always overcome hate and malice.
A very hungry fox walked into a vineyard where there was an ample supply of luscious looking grapes. Grapes had never looked so good, and the fox was famished. However, the grapes hung higher than the fox could reach. He jumped and stretched and hopped and reached and jumped some more trying to get those yummy grapes, but to no avail. No matter what he tried, he could not reach the grapes. He wore himself out jumping and jumping to get the grapes.
"Those grapes surely must be sour," he said as he walked away, "I wouldn't eat them if they were served to me on a silver platter."
The moral lesson: It’s easy to despise what you cannot have.
The Greedy Dog
Once upon a time . . . a dog managed to steal a large steak from a butcher's shop, and ran into the woods to eat it in peace. On reaching the banks of a stream, he happened to see his face reflected in the water. Never for a moment thinking that he was looking at himself in the water, what he thought he saw was another dog, holding a large steak in its mouth.
Being a greedy dog, he jumped into the stream to snatch the other dog's meat. Of course, the reflection vanished and he could see no sign of dog or steak. Only then did he realize that, when he barked to frighten the other, he had dropped his stolen meat. Unluckily for him, the current was swift and the steak had been carried away. And though the dog hunted all over, he couldn't find a trace of it. Which meant, that instead of having two steaks. he was left with nothing.
The moral lesson: Don't be greedy.
The Three Little Pigs
The basic story outline of the "Three Little Pigs" is a tale of three pigs that each build a home. One takes little time in building the home out of straw and spends the rest of his time playing and relaxing. A second pig builds a home out of sticks, which takes slightly longer, but again values relaxation time. A third pig chooses to build a home out of bricks, which requires a great deal of time and effort. He values taking the time to build a home properly over relaxation and recreation. When the "Big Bad Wolf" comes to the homes, only the third pig's house of bricks stands up to the pressure applied from the wolf.
The moral lesson: Hard work and dedication pay off.