This summer I decided I would read to the boys from a book that my brother recommended* called Favourite Grimm's Tales. It contains familiar stories like Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Puss-in-Boots, Little Snow-White, Rapunzel, and Little Red-Cap. The boys were skeptical. When we were trying to decide which story to read first, they turned down all stories princess related because: "Ew!" Other stories were dismissed because they had "already heard that one." We settled on "The Bremen Town Musicians", as none of us were familiar with the story and the pictures suggested it might prove interesting, or at least amusing. We were right. It was an entertaining story and not at all predictable.
Next, we decided on "Puss-in-Boots". Thanks to Shrek, he was a familiar character, but none of us could really say that we knew his story. When the estate of a Miller was divided, all that was left for his youngest son to inherit was the family cat. "Bummer!" But wait... as it turns out, this kitty in his swanky boots was quite the clever puss and managed to turn things around for the poor fellow. The boys were impressed.
After being pleasantly surprised with our first two selections, we decided to venture into princess territory with Cinderella ("Ew!"). If you are not familiar with the true story of how Cindy hooked up with her prince, let me tell you it is not for sissies. Many parts of the story are similar, like the stepsisters big ugly feet not fitting into Cindy's little slippers. What I didn't know was that, at their mother's suggestion, one sister cut off both of her big toes and the other cut off both of her heels, so that their feet would fit into the shoes. It was all the blood leaking out of their shoes that tipped the prince off each time that he had the wrong girl.
Much to our surprise, the boys thought the story of Cinderella was kind of... "Awesome!" Ew.
*My brother's school has an Amazon Online Store with prescreened book recommendations for children. If you end up buying anything through these links, his school gets a percentage of the sale from Amazon, although you don't have to pay any more than you normally would for the item. I, on the other hand, get nothing for mentioning this book, or my brother's school, or the school's store. I just wanted to share a good book with you and tell you how I found it.