Today’s book is a gorgeous volume, The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, illustrated by Edmund Dulac — it’s one of the books in the homeowner’s collection here at La Cressonnière.

I’m no expert, but from what I understand, the fairy tales we grew up with were sourced from 3 main people: Charles Perrault (French), the Brother’s Grimm (German) and Hans Christian Andersen (Danish). And the original stories are often quite a bit harsher than the modern day versions. For example, in Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood, the girl and the grandma are both eaten by the wolf. The end. There is no woodsman to save the day. Maude’s comment after reading this book, “Some of these stories are pretty gruesome — they seem like something boys would like.”

Have you ever read fairy tales from early sources? Do you think they’re too rough for today’s kids?

P.S. My favorite version of Cinderella is this one — translated from Perrault’s text.