Welcome to a month of Fairy Tales! This month, Moon’s Creations will be creating one unique design throughout the month of May. Enjoy this fun series!
The Juniper Tree is a darker fairy tale collected by the Grimm Brothers.
A mother’s dying wish is to be buried under a Juniper tree. Her husband and son grieve her death, but the husband eventually remarries. His second wife gives birth to a little girl, who she adores, but she hates her step-son. One day, the second wife has an evil thought and offers the son an apple. As he reaches in the box to get it, she slams the heavy lid down, beheading him. The step-mother takes a bandage and ties his head back to his body. Then she tells her daughter to ask her brother for the apple, and if he doesn’t give it to her, to give him a good box on the ear. The daughter kindly asks for the apple, and then not receiving an answer, boxes him on the ear, resulting in the boy’s head falling off. She goes to her mother in tears and confesses she killed her brother. Her mother tells her not to tell her father. The stepmother then turns the boy’s body into a stew. The little girl keeps the bones and buries them beneath the Juniper tree. A bird flies out of the tree and sings a lovely song.The father goes out to see what is singing and a golden chain falls about his neck. The little girl goes out to see the bird, and beautiful red shoes are given to her. The bird sings a third time, and the stepmother goes out. The bird drops a millstone on her, crushing and killing her. The father and daughter go out to see what caused the loud crash, but find nothing of the step-mother, but a swirl of smoke and a stone, and the brother standing there, looking happy.
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