Free printable fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel for kids. On the edge of a great forest there lived a poor woodcutter with wife and his two children; the little boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. HANSEL AND GRETEL. Once upon a time, on the edge of a great forest, there lived a very poor woodcutter with his wife and his two children, Hansel and Gretel. Cry as he might, there was no help for him. Then all at once the door opened and an ancient woman, leaning on a crutch, came creeping out. There are too many mouths and NOT enough food. The most prominent example in this regard is the addition of the episode describing the children's escape from the sinister woods across a large body of water, one at a time, on the back of a duck. Hansel and Gretel stopped short and stared at one another - each was messy and covered in candy. At last, when they woke, darkest night had fallen. And now three days had passed since they had left their father's house. They walked throughout the entire night, and as morning was breaking, they arrived at the father's house. The phrase "die Frau" occurs fequently in "Hansel and Gretel," especially in the final edition. First we'll bake," said the old woman. Cold, tired but thankful to be home again, they slipped into bed. As you can see, I can get in myself. Then she throws Hansel into the cage and forces Gretel into becoming her slave. Grimm's Fairy Tales Hansel and Gretel. Grimm Brothers, "Hansel and Gretel," Grimm's Fairy Tales , Lit2Go Edition, , accessed August 05, , http: If I ask her, she'll help us to get over. When the grown-ups were asleep Hansel got up again and tried to go out and gather pebbles.