The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm

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Originally published as a two-volume set forty years ago, The Juniper Tree is distinguished first by the selection of stories. Lore Segal and Maurice Sendak jointly culled 27 from the 210 in the complete collection, and their contents page presents a fascinating critical statement. The translations are another distinguishing quality of the Segal/Sendak edition. Both translators have been painstakingly faithful to the German texts; they have not cut, “retold,” or ...

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Overview

Back in Print!

Originally published as a two-volume set forty years ago, The Juniper Tree is distinguished first by the selection of stories. Lore Segal and Maurice Sendak jointly culled 27 from the 210 in the complete collection, and their contents page presents a fascinating critical statement. The translations are another distinguishing quality of the Segal/Sendak edition. Both translators have been painstakingly faithful to the German texts; they have not cut, “retold,” or bowdlerized. In addition, Segal and Jarrell bring to their renderings of Grimm the grace and precision that are characteristic of their own original prose.

·         One of the most acclaimed Grimm collections published in English, available again

·         An elegant, must-have edition for every home library

·         New lower-price of $19.99, formerly $28.00

·         Includes standards such as “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Fisherman and His Wife,” and “The Frog King” as well as lesser-known masterpieces such as the title story and “The Goblins”

·         Each story contains a full-page picture by Maurice Sendak

·         Four stories translated by Jarrell, the rest by Segal

Twenty-seven fairy tales including many well-known stories and such lesser-known tales as "The Juniper Tree," "Many-Fur," and "Brother Gaily."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A work of art, a work of love, a collector’s item.”     —Chicago Tribune Book World

“Maurice Sendak has drawn what must be some of his finest pictures for this book . . . The Juniper Tree returns Grimm to the whole family.”     —The Boston Globe

“[Segal and Sendak] favor the odd, the pungent, the ambiguous; their Grimm has a salty, unfamiliar taste . . . Segal’s translations achieve the spoken quality the Grimms aimed for . . . Sendak’s drawings are monumental, hypnotic . . . I only wish the Segal-Sendak Grimm had existed when I was young.”     —Walter Clemons, Newsweek

“[An] uncommon collection of 27 folktales—among them the strangest, most grotesque, mysterious and haunting in Grimm. The pictures are superb, and come from the darker, stranger side of [Sendak’s] genius.”     —The New York Times Book Review

“The abiding value of the Segal/Sendak collection is that it can be read over and over, and each time one will discover a sparkling mot juste that Mrs. Segal has implanted in the text, and each time the study of Mr. Sendak’s drawings will show forth a felicity not seen before. These two geniuses soar and dance together in the empyrean.”    —The New Yorker

 time one will discover a sparkling mot juste that Mrs. Segal has implanted in the text, and each time the study of Mr. Sendak’s drawings will show forth a felicity not seen before. These two geniuses soar and dance together in the empyrean." – The New Yorker

The Washington Post
Three things stamped this anthology a classic when it came out in 1973: Segal and Sendak's inspired choice of tales (ranging from standards such as "Hansel and Gretel" and "Rapunzel" to the stern, quirky "Hans My Hedgehog" and the psychological thriller "The Juniper Tree"); Sendak's solemn, brooding pictures; and the note-perfect translations … a welcome reissue. — Elizabeth Ward
Publishers Weekly
Maurice Sendak's illustrations grace The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm, trans. by Lore Segal and Randall Jarrell, and originally published 30 years ago. This elegant collector's edition; also with a bound-in ribbon placeholder, includes 27 tales carefully chosen by Segal and Sendak, from the familiar ("Hansel and Gretel") to nearly forgotten tales such as the disturbing title story, in which a wicked stepmother is punished for a horrifying crime. Sendak's masterful illustrations, from the startling cover image of the kidnappers of "The Goblins" carrying a large human baby, to the portrait of a well-dressed lion who advises a king in "The Twelve Huntsmen," exude his humor and imagination. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Here is a beautifully produced book of authentic, unsweetened Grimm fairy tales, some new and some familiar, told as gracefully, vividly and precisely as the original tales. Black and white drawings by Maurice Sendak are the perfect complement. This is a book for a child to own forever; fairy tale lovers never outgrow the pleasure of reading them. Children who eagerly devour fairy tales seldom realize how much more than a good story they are getting. They learn never to judge by appearances and that those who persevere through adversity often succeed. Seemingly hopeless situations may have happy endings and the small and powerless who behave courageously may prevail. Bruno Bettelheim describes the vital significance of fairy tales in his book, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. In his introduction, he quotes the German poet Schiller who said, "Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life." Jane Yolen, in Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood," advocates the protection and preservation of fairy tales because the listening to and learning of the old tales are among the most basic elements of our education. She says it can be the child's key to understanding his or her own existence. With so much vying for a child's attention, she fears that fairy and folk tales may get pushed aside and that a child's life will be much poorer without them. 2003 (orig. 1973), Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 7 up.
— Janet Crane Barley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374339715
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 973,566
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.97 (d)

Meet the Author

LORE SEGAL (1928–2005) wrote numerous books for young readers, including Tell Me a Mitzi and Why Mole Shouted, both published by Farrar Straus Giroux. She was born in Austria and lived in New York City. 

MAURICE SENDAK (1928–2012) was one of the preeminent children’s book illustrators and authors of the twentieth century. Best-known for the Caldecott Medal–winning Where the Wild Things Are, he was also the recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s book illustration, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the National Medal of Arts.

 

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Table of Contents

The Three Feathers

Hans My Hedgehog

The Story of One Who Set Out to Study Fear

Brother and Sister

Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle

The Twelve Huntsmen

Fitcher's Feathered Bird

The Devil and His Three Golden Hairs

The Fisherman and His Wife

The Master Thief

Brother Gaily

The Goblins

Hansel and Gretel

The Frog King, or Iron Henry

The Poor Miller's Boy and the Little Cat

Fredrickand His Katelizabeth

The Golden Bird

Bearskin

Godfather Death

Many-fur

Rapunzel

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

Rabbit's Bride

The Two Journeyman

Ferndinand Faithful and Ferndinand Unfaithful

Mrs. Gertrude

The Juniper Tree

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