I never would have thought that the fairytales I grew up with were so filtered. I read this book in my children's literature class and was horrified yet fascinated at the dark elements of the original tales. I wondered why alot of the popluar stories where nothing like the DIsney movies I had watched as a child. It makes you wonder how "grown up" these children were. Alot of the struggles the children go through in the stories are nothing compared to how shelted children are today. An excellent book to read and to really find out the original stories that you thought you knew.