Did you know that the princess never kissed the frog? Nope. Only in Disney does the frog get kissed. According to the Grimm brothers, the princess was a spoiled rotten brat who threw the frog against the wall in a fit of rage. As the frog hit the wall, he turned into a prince, he married the princess, and they lived happily ever after.
So the princess had no change of heart, and still got to be a spoiled brat, rewarded for her anger and deceit.
I tell you, those Grimm brothers are dark and morbid! In Cinderella, the two wicked step-sisters cut off their toe and heel to fit the shoe. There’s also a fox that must get his head and tail chopped off before he can turn back into a prince… a wolf that gets his stomach slit open and filled with rocks while he sleeps, so he falls into a well and drowns… and an evil maid who is placed naked in a spiked barrel and rolled around until she dies.
I’m reading Kbug my copy of Grimms Complete Fairy Tales for literature, maybe once or twice a week. She loves it! We’re only a smidgen of the way through its 628 pages. Good summer reading!