The Path of a German Folktale

 The German folk-tale, Hänsel and Gretel  was first created by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. Over the years, their work been passed down and translated in many languages. They are now known simply as "The Brothers Grimm." The selection below is just a small sample of the adaptations of Hänsel and Gretel which have been created over the years.  I hope you enjoy discovering or revisiting this classic tale. 

Hansel and Gretel retold and illustrated by Susan Jeffers  

It's a tale as timeless as storytelling itself: two children, lost in the woods, stumble upon a candy house that isn't all that it seems. From Hansel's trail of bread crumbs to Gretel's ingenious triumph over the witch, the details of this familiar fairy tale enchant children year after year. Now, in an update on her classic retelling, Caldecott Honor winner and New York Times bestseller Susan Jeffers brings Hansel and Gretel to life for a new generation.

Notes:  "This translation of Hänsel and Gretel was originally included in a collection entitled Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm by Mrs. Edgar Lucas, published in 1902 by J.B. Lippincott Company."

Hansel and Gretel retold by Cynthia Rylant   

Once upon a time, deep in the dark, green forest there was an exquisite house made of cake and sugar-- a house made to lure lost, hungry children. But the witch whose delicious house lured Hansel and his sister, Gretel had forgotten two things about lost children: they can be very clever and very brave.

Hansel and Gretel  Michael Morpurgo

Acclaimed storyteller Michael Morpurgo retells the beloved fairy tale in an enchanting edition vibrantly illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark. Celebrated author Michael Morpurgo takes the Brothers Grimm classic to a new level, drawing on themes of hunger and hope, cruelty and courage, to tell a powerful story about love and family. Filled with intricate details, Emma Chichester Clark's bright, captivating illustrations fill each page.

Hansel and Gretel retold and illustrated by  Zwerger, Lisbeth

Lisbeth Zerger, winner of the 1990 Hans Christian Andersen Medal, brings her distinctive talent to the timeless story of two innocent children who lose their way in the dark forest. When the siblings happen upon the gingerbread house of a wicked witch, they unwittingly stumble into one of the most enduring fairy tales of all time. As the witch tries to fatten poor Hansel, and Gretel cunningly outsmarts her, Ms. Zwerger’s illustrations winningly portray the haunting witch, the daring escape, and the welcome return to their loving father. This wonderful reissue of a childhood favorite will be cherished by children and adults everywhere who appreciate beautiful books.


Hansel and Gretel retold andillustrated by  Beni Montresor.

A retelling of the well-known tale in which two children lost in the woods find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch.

Hansel and Gretel retold and illustrated by Jane Ray.

One of the oldest and most treasured folktales in the world, Hansel and Gretel resonates deeply with young readers. It is the most gratifying tale of two brave children, armed with only their cleverness and goodness, who save themselves from their wicked stepmother and an evil witch. Now Jane Ray revives this venerable story with a retelling that preserves the power of the tale. Her rich illustrations, emblazoned with gold, destine it to be a classic to be enjoyed by children for many more years.


Hansel and Gretel  retold and illustrated by James Marshall.

A poor woodcutter's children, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of cookies, cakes, and candy, occupied by a wicked witch who likes to have children for dinner.

Hansel and Gretel = Hansel y Gretel adaptation by Elisabet Abeyà

A retelling of the well-known tale in which two children lost in the woods find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch.

Sumario en español: Una adaptación de un cuento famoso en donde dos niños se pierden en el bosque y llegan a casa a pesar de un encuentro con una bruja mala.