Classical Kids Storytime: 'Hansel and Gretel'

Classical Kids Storytime: Hansel and Gretel Nancy Carlson for MPR
14min 29sec : Classical Kids Storytime: Hansel and Gretel

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Once upon a time, a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel were abandoned deep in the forest. They were taken in by a wicked witch, who planned to cook the children for dinner. Find out what happened next in Hansel and Gretel, the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring music by Engelbert Humperdinck and Richard Strauss, with original illustrations by Nancy Carlson.

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Our telling of Hansel and Gretel includes excerpts from the following works and recordings:

Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
Staatskapelle Dresden, Otmar Suitner
Brilliant Classics 55121

Richard Strauss: A Hero's Life
Macbeth Overture
HR Symphony Orchestra, Andres Orozco-Estrada
Pentatone 186582

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Credits

Storyteller: Valerie Kahler
Writer: The Brothers Grimm (adapted by Valerie Kahler)
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: James Napoli
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: Hansel and Gretel Nancy Carlson for MPR
Once upon a time, there lived a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel. They lived with their father, a woodcutter, and their stepmother, who wasn't very nice. Nancy Carlson for MPR
It was always a struggle to put food on the table. The woodcutter's wife wanted to take Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest and leave them there. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Hansel and Gretel made a plan. They hid the crust from their bread in their pockets. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The woodcutter's wife badgered him all night long. Finally, he thought to himself, "I love my children too much to see them starve. Leaving them for somebody else to find might be the kindest thing I can do." Nancy Carlson for MPR
Early the next morning, the woodcutter led Hansel and Gretel deep into the forest. As they walked along, Gretel sneakily broke off bits of bread and dropped them onto the forest floor. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Hansel and Gretel curled up on the ground and fell asleep. When they woke up, the sun had gone down, and the woodcutter was nowhere to be seen. Nancy Carlson for MPR
They were horrified to see that all the breadcrumbs were gone. They had been eaten up by the hungry birds of the forest. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The next morning, Hansel and Gretel stumbled into a clearing. The sun was streaming in on a delightfully strange little house, which was made of gingerbread, frosting and candy. The cottage belonged to a horrible witch. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The witch invited Hansel and Gretel in to stay with her. The witch couldn't see or hear very well, but she had a great sense of smell. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The witch welcomed the children into her home while thinking happy thoughts of Hansel and Gretel soup. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The witch fed the children pancakes until they couldn't eat anymore. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The next morning, the witch stopped pretending to be kind. She put Hansel in a cage, and she told Gretel to fetch water to make breakfast. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Finally, the witch decided to cook Hansel. She told Gretel to boil water in a pot. Gretel tricked the witch into standing on a stool, then she pushed her into the water. The witch melted right away. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Hansel and Gretel explored the witch's house and found a huge chocolate egg. When they broke it open, they were shocked to see that it was full of gold and jewels. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Hansel and Gretel followed a trail of singing birds all the way home. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Their father was overjoyed to see them. Hansel and Gretel showed him the treasures they had brought home. They prepared a picnic to celebrate. Nancy Carlson for MPR