The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales |
This collection of "classics" certainly is a departure from the Disney versions. The tales are mostly very dark and pessimistic, as originally recorded by the Brothers. For the more "colourful" children's stories it is better to buy the specific tales from the bookstore instead of a collective book.
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THE GREEDY DOG
Once upon a time . . . a dog managed to steal a large steak from a
butcher's shop, and ran into the woods to eat it in peace. On reaching the
banks of a stream, he happened to see his face reflected in the water. Never
for a moment thinking that he was looking at himself in the water, what he
thought he saw was another dog, holding a large steak in its mouth.
Being a greedy dog, he jumped into the stream to snatch the other dog's
meat. Of course, the reflection vanished and he could see no sign of dog or
Only then did he realize that, when he barked to frighten the other, he had
dropped his stolen meat. Unluckily for him, the current was swift and the
steak had been carried away. And though the dog hunted all over, he couldn't
find a trace of it. Which meant, that instead of having two steaks. he was
left with nothing.