Fairy Tales: Hänsel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

On this page you can find out more about the story of Hansel and Gretel.

Resources in the Library

Other useful websites

Click on the links below to read the story of Hansel and Gretel.

The Story of Hansel and Gretel

You can read Grimm's version of Hansel and Gretel on the SurLaLune website.

Hansel and Gretel Movie

(Source of video: youtube)

A ten minute clip from a movie, released in 1987,which shows Hansel and Gretel discovering the wicked witch and the house made of candy in the woods.

History of Hansel and Gretel

The Sur La Lune website includes lots of information about Hansel and Gretel, including details of the history of the story.

You may find useful information here for your Hansel and Gretel timeline.

Hansel and Gretel and similar stories

This fairy tale website, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's version of Hansel and Gretel. 

You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to the Hansel and Gretel story.

You may find useful information here for your Hansel and Gretel timeline.

Hansel & Gretel Retold

2013 Hansel and Gretel Film

A 2013 film adaptation of the Hansel and Gretel story

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

When reading through this section, keep in mind the Brothers Grimm version of the story which you can read here-

HANSEL AND GRETEL

In the story of Hansel and Gretel, these include: 

 

GOOD CHARACTERS

In the Hansel and Gretel story the good characters are Hansel and Gretel.

(Source of picture: Easy makes me happy)

 

THE BADDY

The obvious bad character in this story is the witch who captures Hansel and Gretel.

(Source of picture: Childrens Stories)

 

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?

 

MAGIC

One of the main features of this story is the magical house made of cake and candy.

(Source of picture: Picture Book)

 

OBSTACLE OR TASK

A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  Can you think of the obstacles which Hansel and Gretel have to overcome and any tasks they perform?

 

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

The children manage to get away and return to their father, the wood cutter, who is delighted to see them and they all live happily ever after...

(Source of picture: Childrens Stories)

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