The fairy tale may have originated in the medieval period of the Great Famine — ,  which caused desperate people to abandon young children to fend for themselves or even resort to cannibalism. Folklorists Iona and Peter Opie indicate in The Classic Fairy Tales that "Hansel and Gretel" belongs to a group of European tales especially popular in the Baltic regions, about children outwitting ogres into whose hands they have involuntarily fallen.
In both tales, abandoned children find their way home by following a trail. In "Clever Cinders", the heroine incinerates a giant by shoving him into an oven in a manner similar to Gretel's dispatch of the witch, and a ruse involving a twig in a Swedish tale resembles Hansel's trick of the dry bone. Linguist and folklorist Edward Vajda has proposed that these stories represent the remnant of a coming-of-age rite-of-passage tale extant in Proto-Indo-European society.
The fact that the mother or stepmother dies after the children kill the witch has suggested to many commentators that the mother or stepmother and the witch are metaphorically the same woman. In the Russian Vasilisa the Beautiful , the stepmother likewise sends her hated stepdaughter into the forest, to borrow a light from her sister, who turns out to be Baba Yaga , who is also a cannibalistic witch. Besides highlighting the endangerment of children as well as their own cleverness , the tales have in common a preoccupation with food and with hurting children: the mother or stepmother wants to avoid hunger, while the witch lures children to eat her house of candy so that she can then eat them.
Hansel and Gretel's trail of breadcrumbs inspired the name of the navigation element " breadcrumbs " that allows users to keep track of their locations within programs or documents.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. May 06, Kathleen rated it it was amazing. Great lessons to be share with children as you read through the book. Jun 11, writer This was a sweet and heartwarming little story, appropriate for young children. I was smiling at the end of it. This was a freebie on the Kindle when I got it. Definitely a "keeper" to re-read when I'm feeling blue. This was a cute book and I think it would make a good book to read to little ones. PS- The quality of your photography always amazes me!
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I love when recipes look extremely hard to make but are actually very easy!! People always ooh and aah that much more! These look fantastic! Were you able to hold out and ignore them all day? I doubt I would have that kind of willpower…I rarely do when it comes to pb and chocolate. Looks scary good! Now how come I am dreaming of your holiday baking even though I have no idea what that involves? I know it will be speechless defying hence my imagination already going there. I made these cookies for my step-dad.
It was incredibly difficult not to eat all of the dough! I was also initially intimidated by the process but it ended up being super easy. Delicious cookie! I guess there was a reason you made the extra ball! Thanks for the step-by-step and the link to the recipe. These might be boyfriend appreciation cookies this weekend! These look so amazing, I cannot wait to try them! There really is nothing better than PB and chocolate. I was just curious though if you think this would work as a gluten-free cookie, and if so what type of flour do you suggest trying.
I find so many of the gluten-free flours leave a bitter aftertaste in my baking that I do not like. I love looking at your blog and have had great success trying out some of your recipes hummus, creamy tomato pasta MMM!
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Question for you, I notice that you use pure maple syrup to sweeten some of your recipes. Just wondered if there is a reason why you use it over Agave? Also, have you ever tried Xylitol? Thanks :. I just prefer the taste of maple syrup, but I dont have anything against agave. I have not tried Xylitol before. I made these for my PTA classmates today and everyone really enjoyed them. OMG, these are fantastic. I CANT stop eating them!
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I got this book from the library a while back and EVERY cookie I tried was wonderful and got rave reviews from the hubby which is hard to get. I never tried these because they seemed like a lot of work. They really arent that much work, and SO good!
People, stop reading and make these! Thanks for the motivation to make these, Ang. I love these!!! Peanut butter is my favourite!