“ONCE, IN OLDEN TIMES, when wishes still had power, there lived a king. All of his daughters were beautiful, but the youngest was the loveliest of all. The sun itself, which sees so much, was dazzled when its light shone on her face.”
Thus begins The Frog Prince, the classic fairy tale, best known in the version set down by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. When a young princess meets a frog after she drops her favorite toy into a well, she thoughtlessly makes a promise to love him if he retrieves it. But once the frog fetches her toy, she runs away—until the king insists that she keeps her word. Frightened and repulsed by the frog, she is forced to let him share her meal and must then let him share her room
• Part of NorthSouth Books program of classic fairy tales, featuring the original stories of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen…never watered down or “Disney-fied” and always paired with tremendous art from celebrated European illustrators.
• The Frog Prince is one of Grimm’s most beloved tales.
• The larger theme of Frog Prince, to look beyond outward appearance, is timely and important.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1785 and 1786 near Frankfurt, Germany. In their early twenties, they began the linguistic studies that would culminate in their collected editions of folk- and fairy tales. They got their stories from peasants and villagers, and sometimes from already-published works from other cultures. Jacob did much of the research; Wilhelm put the stories into literary form.
Binette Schroeder, born in Hamburg, Germany, is a highly acclaimed illustrator,painter, and portrait photographer. After studying graphic design at a private college in Munich, she attended courses in Basel at the Hochschule für Design. In 1969 she achieved a breakthrough with her very first work, Lupinchen. In 1997 she was awarded the special German Children’s Literature Prize for her life’s work and in 2004 the Grand Prize of the Volkach Academy for Children’s and Young Adult literature. Today she lives near Munich with her husband, Peter Nickl.