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This week's selection for Fairy Tale Fridays is The Juniper Tree by The Brothers Grimm . . . a tale that may just be perfect for the season of spook!
The tale begins with a plot that we have heard before . . . a happy couple that is unable to have children. Thanks to a juniper tree and a cut to the finger, the much wanted blessing arrives. Unfortunately, the new mother dies a "delighted" death. The father eventually remarries, the new wife bears another child, now resulting in two children . . . an elder son and a younger daughter. As time goes by, the wife finds that she detests the boy and in an act of rage, decapitates the step-child. She covers up her crime by making her daughter feel the blame . . . and from there, I encourage you to read the remainder of the story to discover the ending on your own!
The Juniper Tree is a tale that starts out with a bit of blood, moves almost immediately to violence and gore, and ends with a bang . . . or crash, to be more exact! I can't really tell you if I enjoyed it or hated it. It's a tale that is disturbing and leaves me thinking violent crimes against children have sadly been around for a long time. Justice may have been served, but I am still left saddened and feeling uncomfortable by the final word. Since I simply cannot think of anything else, I guess I will just leave you with two final words . . .
Do you have any other thoughts to add about this tale? Any recommendations on additional spooky tales to celebrate the weekend?
Friday, November 5th: Fairy Tale Food & Fun (more details to come!)
Friday, November 12th: "The Tale of the Three Brothers" from The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Friday, November 19th: The Ear of Corn by The Brothers Grimm
Friday, November 26th: FTF Thanksgiving Break!