Jorinda and Joringel are happily walking through the forest, but they stray too close to a witch’s castle and fall under her spell. Jorinda is transformed into a nightingale and imprisoned in the castle in a golden birdcage.
Joringel is powerless to rescue his true love—until one night he dreams of a magical flower that can overpower the witch’s enchantments. Can he find the flower and free Jorinda?
Love and bravery triumph over evil in this classic Brothers Grimm tale. The beautiful forest and forbidding castle are compellingly illustrated by Bernadette Watts, perfectly capturing the magic and charm of the tale.
About the Author
The Brothers Grimm (Jacob Ludwig Karl and Wilhelm Karl) were born in 1785 and 1786 in Hanau near Frankfurt in Hesse. They were among a family of nine children, six of whom survived infancy. During their early childhood, both their father and grandfather died, leaving the children and their mother to struggle in reduced circumstances. During their early twenties, the two brothers began linguistic and philological studies, which would culminate in both Grimm’s Law and their collected editions of fairy and folk tales. Their collections of tales became immensely popular, though the brothers’ main goal was linguistic research. After running afoul of King Ernest Augustus I, the brothers were fired from their university posts and exiled. However, the next year, the two were invited to Berlin by the King of Prussia, and both settled there. Wilhelm died in 1859; his elder brother Jacob died in 1863.
Bernadette Watts was born in Northampton, England, in 1942. She has illustrated over 120 picture books for children, including many traditional tales, in a career spanning several decades. She won the prestigious Japanese Owl Prize for illustration in 1986 and is the author/illustrator of Katy’s Christmas Gift (Floris Books 2014). She lives in Kent, England.