three4me Posted November 5, 2012 Share Posted November 5, 2012 (edited) DD is four years old and is really into fairy tales these days. Her favorite is Sleeping Beauty, but she really loves all of them. I love when I can find a classic fairy tale with beautiful illustrations, and came across this one at the library. It is gorgeous, and has some well-known stories as well as ones I've never heard before. The thing is that so many of the stories have have harsh details that I'm just not sure are suitable for her. For example, the story of Cinderella has the stepsisters cutting off their toes to get their foot into the shoe. The story of Rapunzel has the prince get his eyes poked out, and then Rapunzel turns up with twin babies. In other stories people are devoured by beasts and witches are thrown into great fires, etc. I understand that these are how the original stories were written, and that they weren't necessarily written for children at the time. But I guess I'm wondering where other parents draw the line between keeping these details from their young kids and exposing them to good literature. At what age are these stories appropriate? Or, if you think they are ok for young kids, do you preface the story and explain what will happen? So far I have avoided reading the really strange stories to DD. And the ones I've read she doesn't seem to bothered by (particularly Cinderella). I'd just love some opinions from other parents of fairy tale-loving kids! Thanks! UPDATE: After taking a look at many of the suggestions in this thread and borrowing several of the books from the library, I took a chance and ordered this one used on Amazon. And I am happy to say that I have finally found OUR perfect fairy tale book!!! The illustrations are gorgeous, the book is nicely bound. There isn't an overwhelming amount of text on each page. The stories themselves are lovely. After reading so many fairy tales, I know that these ones aren't translated from the original language as many others are, but the story lines do follow pretty closely to the ones I've read before. And, while there are characters that die (evil queens, witches, etc.), the descriptions are not graphic. For example, the prince in Rapunzel doesn't "have his eyes gouged out by thorns," but rather the "thorns pierced his eyes and blinded him." I am SO happy I found this book and cannot recommend it enough for kids who aren't ready for the gruesome details of some of the stories. Thanks for your help, everyone! Edited November 11, 2012 by CamilikinsMama Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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