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However outlandish or exaggerated, fairy tales reflect the world we live in. Playful, gruesome, mysterious or sad, the emotions and experiences of fairy-tale characters are our own. In the 19th century, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm collected folk tales as part of a larger study of German culture. They believed that the tales were important as reflections of the popular mind. The Grimms were the first collectors to maintain strict allegiance to the original tales, believing their true value and strength lay in their authenticity. From these varied and fascinating sources, this collection is rich in both sense and imagery, where life, dream, myth, and fantasy meld together to enhance the world of the reader.