sister Anne! Once upon a time there were three Bears, who lived together in a house of their own, in a wood. So naughty, frightened little Goldilocks jumped; and whether she broke her neck in the fall, or ran into the wood and was lost there, or found her way out of the wood and got whipped for being a bad girl and playing truant, no one can say. He looked hard at it, and then said: “How came this blood upon the key?” “I am sure I do not know,” replied the poor lady, at the same time turning as white as a sheet. There was once a young fellow who enlisted as a soldier, conducted himself bravely, and was always the foremost when it rained bullets. By this time the Three Bears thought their porridge would be cool enough for them to eat it properly; so they came home to breakfast. So long as the war lasted, all went well, but when peace was made, he received his dismissal, and the captain said he might go where he liked. Author of From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine's Journey in Myth and Legend. sister Anne! Unable to add item to List. Very well, madam: since you are so mighty fond of this closet, you shall be sure to take your place among the ladies you saw there.” His wife, who was almost dead with fear, now fell upon her knees, asked his pardon a thousand times for her fault, and begged him to forgive her, looking all the time so very mournful and lovely, that she would have melted any heart that was not harder than a rock. You have had too much already.” And again he raised his arm. When the gnat had heard that, she flew away again, and revealed everything, down to the minutest detail, to the willow-wren. For me, it was great because it made her happy. "SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE, AND HAS EATEN IT ALL UP!". Now that was all that Masha wanted to hear. But she was so very curious to know what was inside, that she made up her mind to venture in spite of every thing. So long as the war lasted, all went well, but when peace was made, he received his dismissal, and the captain said he might go where he liked. Not many books out in the world that can actually make you happy, not just 'great book', 'nice read' happy, but joyful! Some of these items ship sooner than the others. No one knew that, so the fox said: 'I have a fine long bushy tail, which almost looks like a plume of red feathers. And while they were away a little girl called Goldilocks, who lived at the other side of the wood and had been sent on an errand by her mother, passed by the house, and looked in at the window. Then Goldilocks, who was tired, for she had been catching butterflies instead of running on her errand, sate down in the chair of the Great Big Bear, but that was too hard for her. Perrault, Charles. And then she went to the porridge of the Little Wee Bear, and tasted it, and that was neither too hot nor too cold, but just right, and she liked it so well that she ate it all up, every bit! When I lift my tail up quite high, all is going well, and you must charge; but if I let it hang down, run away as fast as you can.' Some parents may not want that for tweens. Masha and they said she was as clever as clever can be, as indeed all our readers will surely agree. Thank you for such an encouraging story. Some of the teenagers frightened me, and there is a bit of "street fighting". © In short, nothing could exceed the richness of what they saw; and they all did not fail to admire and envy the good fortune of their friend. He came to the village and finding the house where Masha's grandfather and grandmother lived he began to bang away on the gate with all his might. " Year Published: 1905 Language: English Country of Origin: Germany Source: Edwardes, M., Taylor, E., trans. Don't sit on the stump, and don't eat my pie, but take it to Grandma and Grandpa, say I". "“Blue Beard”." Tramp-tramp went the bear amid the spruce trees. A fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm 7.2 / 10 - 37 votes The willow-wren and the bear Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest, and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said, "Brother wolf, what bird is it that sings so well?" I love that the Catholic faith is supported and woven into the story. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. 1998 - One day, after they had made the porridge for their breakfast, and poured it into their porridge-bowls, they walked out into the wood while the porridge was cooling, that they might not burn their mouths by beginning too soon, for they were polite, well-brought-up Bears. Published: 1918 The poor lady, with her hair loose, and all in tears, now came down, and fell on her knees, begging him to spare her life; but he stopped her, saying, “All this is of no use, for you shall die,” and then, seizing her by the hair, raised his cimeter to strike off her head. That fairy tale has always been particularly fascinating to me because I do think it's related to mythology/bear cult. As she found that the key of the closet had got stained with blood in falling on the floor, she wiped it two or three times over to clean it; yet still the blood kept on it the same as before. The Shadow of the Bear caught me in from the very first page, and held me captivated through practically the whole book. When the young wrens heard that, they were frightfully angry, and screamed: 'No, that we are not! And she had heard the middle-sized voice of the Middle-sized Bear, but it was only as if she had heard some one speaking in a dream. Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest, and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: 'Brother wolf, what bird is it that sings so well?' "No that wont do at all" said the bear, "you will get lost in the forest, but if you give me what it is you want to give your Grandma and Grandpa, I will take it myself". Masha knocked on the door but there was no answer, so she gave the door a push and lo! I understand I can withdraw my consent to any of the aforementioned items at any time. Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried: 'Children, rejoice, eat and drink to your heart's content, we have won the battle!' Personally, the Beast in "Beauty and the Beast" has always been bear-like in my … the door opened. Upon this the Three Bears, seeing that some one had entered their house, and eaten up the Little Wee Bear's breakfast, began to look about them. Hmm, that sounds familiar from another story!! There was, some time ago, a gentleman who was very rich. So he strapped the basket on his back and started off. Then seeing nobody in the house she lifted the latch. Now Goldilocks had pulled the pillow of the Great Big Bear out of its place. And now at last the young wrens were satisfied, and sat down together and ate and drank, and made merry till quite late into the night. I will be passing this on to my teenage children. He desired her to be sure to indulge herself in every kind of pleasure, to invite as many of her friends as she liked, and to treat them with all sorts of dainties, that her time might pass pleasantly till he came back again. Masha went into the hut and sat down on a bench by the window. The poor wife, who was almost as dead as her husband, was not able at first to rise and embrace her brothers; but she soon came to herself; and, as Blue Beard had no heirs, she found herself the owner of his great riches. So they took stock of the hole where the nest lay, and trotted away. said the Great Big Bear in his great, rough, gruff voice. "I see you, I see you Don't sit on the stump And don't eat my pie But take it to Grandma And Grandpa, say I". I give you leave,” said he, “to open, or to do what you like with all the rest except this closet. For more information, including classroom activities, readability data, and original sources, please visit The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming, and whirring, and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid, and on both sides they advanced against each other. But the young wrens said: 'We will not eat yet, the bear must come to the nest, and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children, before we will do that.' Now there was a certain lady of rank, who lived very near him, and had two daughters, both of them of very great beauty. I am going to climb to the top of the big oak tree and watch that you do not open the basket.". Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Teen & Young Adult Fairy Tale & Folklore Adaptations, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. A place for discussing fairy tales, folklore, mythology and other related topics. And the pillow was in its place upon the bolster! It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. But when she heard the little wee voice of the Little Wee Bear, it was so sharp, and so shrill, that it awakened her at once. As Blue Beard wished very much to gain their favour, he asked the lady and her daughters, and some ladies who were on a visit at their house, to go with him to one of his country seats, where they spent a whole week, during which they passed all their time in nothing but parties for hunting and fishing, music, dancing, and feasts. do you see no one coming?” “I see,” replied her sister, “two men on horseback coming; but they are still a great way off.” “Thank God,” cried she, “they are my brothers; beckon them to make haste.” Blue Beard now cried out so loud for her to come down, that his voice shook the whole house. And they had each a chair to sit in; a little chair for the Little Wee Bear; and a middle-sized chair for the Middle-sized Bear; and a great chair for the Great Big Bear. No one even thought of going to bed, and the nights were passed in merry-makings of all kinds. The kind-hearted queen could not refuse her.