One of my fondest childhood memories are those of reading an old book of fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. And by old I mean real old as the book has been handed down for two generations. Of course it looked that way too, but this only added to the charm of this wonderful book.
Capricious and often cruel the two brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, preserved Germanic folk tales and fairy tales in their collection and while I did read them as a child I only found out that this collections of tales was initially for adults only.
The stories were simply considered too ... well, too bloody and thus too scary for little ones. Of course that was back in the beginning of the 19th century and today those tales are probably not gory enough for even the smallest kid. Too much TV is all I'm saying … and I'm not referring to all those adaptations of certain stories such as Cinderella or Snow White for the big screen.
Though once the brothers saw how the tales bewitched young readers they, and editors aplenty after them, started "fixing" things. Tales gradually got softer, sweeter and primly moral. Yet this didn't taint the heart of the stories that are still being read and loved by young and old alike 200 years later.
Want to indulge in some fairy tales?
Here's a great site where you can do just that - Grimmstories.
And don't just go for the most famous stories, rather read those you've never heard about and be sure to find some wonderful gems among them, like Snow-White and Rose-Red or The Twelve Brothers.