The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales |
This collection of "classics" certainly is a departure from the Disney versions. The tales are mostly very dark and pessimistic, as originally recorded by the Brothers. For the more "colourful" children's stories it is better to buy the specific tales from the bookstore instead of a collective book.
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THE LION AND THE MOSQUITO
Once upon a time . . . a tiny mosquito started to buzz round a lion he met.
"Go away!" grumbled the sleepy lion, smacking his own cheek in an attempt to
drive the insect away.
"Why should I?" demanded the mosquito. "You're king of the jungle, not of
the air! I'll fly wherever I want and land wherever I please." And so saying,
he tickled the lion's ear. In the hope of crushing the insect, the lion boxed
his own ears, but the mosquito slipped away from the now dazed lion.
"I don't feel it any more. Either it's squashed or it's gone away." But at
that very moment, the irritating buzz began again, and the mosquito flew into
the lion's nose. Wild with rage, the lion leapt to his hind legs and started
to rain punches on his own nose. But the insect, safe inside, refused to
budge. With a swollen nose and watery eyes, the lion gave a terrific sneeze,
blasting the mosquito out. Angry at being dislodged so abruptly, the mosquito
returned to the attack: BUZZ . . . BUZZZ! . . . it whizzed round the lion's
head. Large and tough as the lion was, he could not rid himself of his tiny
tormenter. This made him angrier still, and he roared fiercely. At the sound
of his terrible voice, all the forest creatures fled in fear, but paying no
heed to the exhausted lion, the mosquito said triumphantly: "There you are,
king of the jungle! Foiled by a tiny mosquito like me!" And highly delighted
with his victory, off he buzzed. But he did not notice a spider's web hanging
close by, and soon he was turning and twisting, trying to escape from the trap
set by a large spider. "Bah!" said the spider in disgust, as he ate it.
"Another tiny mosquito. Not much to get excited about, but better than
nothing. I was hoping for something more substantial..."
And that's what became of the mosquito that foiled the lion!