Hansel and gretel anthony browne

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hansel and gretel anthony browne

Hansel And Gretel by Anthony Browne

Hansel and Gretel
Retold by Anthony Browne

Anthony Brown touchingly retells the story of a brother (Hansel) and sister (Gretel) whose penniless parents decide to abandon their children deep in the woods. Hungry and desperate the two children stumble upon a house made out of sweet treats and fall victim to a witch who entraps and eats children. Eventually the children are able to escape, steal the witch’s riches and return home to their remorseful father who tells them of their mother’s death and they all live happily ever after.

I have always found this story very touching and Anthony Browne does a brilliant job of rooting the story and horror of the events more in our world. The animation reflects the seventies era and the witch is not your archetypal witch but a stern aging woman who eats children, this makes the events more threatening and poignant than the fanciful world of once upon a time.

However the moving of this story to more contemporary times and placing it in a more naturalistic world creates several tensions for me. It is, I think, sad that both the truly ruthless characters in the story are females and the father though not in anyway a hero is let off the hook by being awarded much less unpopular characteristics such as weakness and the ability to be easily led. It seems to echo the common and complacent view of the media; fathers can be useless but it is only the mothers who have the capacity for being truly evil with cases such as that of Karen Mathews wielded as proof. It may seem overly picky but it is a common portrayal in fairytales and must surely enforce views that children have particularly when the story is naturalised in this way. Their return home to their unfit father did not really strike me as a very satisfactory ending.

I did enjoy this story and found it evoked some very strong emotions. It is certainly worth reading to Key stage one or two children and would be a very good stimulus for a PSHE lessons on keeping safe, responsibilities and wellbeing. It would also provide plenty of opportunities for a philosophy for children lesson.

Overall I thought this was a very moving version of the story and liked the fact it had been made more relevant but was a bit disappointed that it had not gone further really.
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Published 17.12.2018

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This version of Hansel and Gretel is pretty much the re-told version of the original story. The siblings come across a house made of candy and that house belongs to a witch. I am aware that this story

Hansel and Gretel is one of the best-known fairytales. Almost everybody knows the basic story but, more than that, this tale is the ur-story for many seemingly unrelated modern ones. Anthony Browne, with his postmodern approach to its retelling, does not shy away from the terror. For her it is too scary. The sweetening of this tale started with the Grimm brothers, who needed to make money to support their collection hobby, so they rewrote some of the horrible tales into versions they considered appropriate for middle class children. By that I mean, they made it horribly patriarchal.

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  1. Tiopsychalga says:

    Hansel and Gretel is the ur-forest story. Anthony Browne postmodernized the fairytale in his visually symbolic picture book.

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