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These delightful versions of Hansel and Gretel from various authors and illustrators are perfect for comparing and contrasting story elements.
Each version of Hansel and Gretel featured below is different. Several versions come from other cultures or tell the story from a different point of view. Still others share a funny spin on the classic fairy tale version.
All of these stories are perfect for comparing and contrasting story elements, points of view, and more.
Versions of Hansel and Gretel
Fill your book basket with a great collection of Hansel and Gretel story versions. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
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Hansel and Gretel by Dom Deluise – This bright picture book puts a twist on this classic tale about the two children who stumbled into the home of an evil woman and almost became her dinner.
Hansel and Gretel (Flip-Up Fairy Tales) by Andrea Petrlik – When the children of a poor woodcutter get lost in the woods, they stumble upon a house inhabited by a witch, who has plans to eat them, in a book with pictures hidden beneath the flaps.
Hansel and Gretel by Cynthia Rylant – Rylant retells the familiar Grimm tale with an emphasis on the courage and character of its young protagonists. She opens by noting that while guardian spirits may protect small children, “Hansel and Gretel” is the story “of children who find the courage to protect themselves.”
Hansel and Gretel: A Pop-Up Book illustrated by Louise Rowe – Illustrated in shades of green with touches of other colors, and with stunning pop-ups, Louise Rowe’s Hansel and Gretel is a book to cherish.
Hansel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz – These ninja chicks are anything but chicken! When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried. But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox? This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya!
Hansel and Gretel by Susan Jeffers – It’s a tale as timeless as storytelling itself: two children, lost in the woods, stumble upon a candy house that isn’t all that it seems. From Hansel’s trail of bread crumbs to Gretel’s ingenious triumph over the witch, the details of this familiar fairy tale enchant children year after year.
Hansel and Gretel Stories Around the World: 4 Beloved Tales by Cari Meister – Cultures all around the world have their own Hansel and Gretel stories. Visit Germany, Russia, Italy, and Japan, and find out who follows a line of ashes instead of breadcrumbs, and who escapes the witch using a handkerchief that turns into a river.
Hansel and Gretel by Rachel Isadora – Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora gives readers a stunning new interpretation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, setting the infamous witch’s cottage deep in a lush African forest.
Hansel and Gretel illustrated by Holly Hobbie – Holly Hobbie’s masterful watercolors reach new heights in this spine-tingling rendition of the tale, faithful to the beloved classic.
Trust Me, Hansel and Gretel Are Sweet!: The Story of Hansel and Gretel as Told by the Witch – Think a witch ate Hansel and Gretel? Think again! In this fun, quirky picture book, discover another perspective of this popular fairy tale.
Hansel and Gretel by Deanna McFadden – When a brother and sister lost in the woods come upon a tempting gingerbread house, they can’t resist entering. Little do they realize that inside lives a witch … and she thinks they’d make a delicious dinner!
Hansel and Gretel by Agnese Baruzzi – Beautifully intricate paper-cut pages bring the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel to life in an enchanting storybook.
Hansel and Gretel by James Marshall – Beloved author James Marshall–creator of George and Martha–puts a hilarious twist on a classic tale in his retelling of Hansel and Gretel.
Hansel and Gretel by Parragon Books – The classic tale of Hansel and Gretel comes to life in vibrant retelling perfect or beginning readers.
Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser – This version of the story is retold by poet Rika Lesser and illustrated by 1998 Caldecott medalist Paul O. Zelinsky.
Which version will you read first? I can’t wait to explore Hansel and Gretel: Stories Around the World.
ROUND OUT YOUR UNIT WITH THESE ACTIVITIES
Recreate the favorite Fairy Tale story of HANSEL AND GRETEL with an adorable felt MATCHBOX Cottage and 3 felt characters. The Gingerbread House is featured on the matchbox. Pull out the “drawer” to find Hansel, Gretel and the Witch!
Print out these Hansel and Gretel puppets, and your students can reenact the story over and over again.