Hansel and Gretel - A Tale with a Twist

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Hansel and Gretel - A Tale with a Twist

“Hansel and Gretel” is one of the most enduring tales from the Brothers Grimm collection. It has fascinated audiences for generations. The story follows the adventures of two young siblings, Hansel and Gretel, who find themselves lost in the woods and stumble upon a house made of gingerbread, inhabited by a wicked witch. Through their smartness and bravery, Hansel and Gretel outsmart the witch and find their way back home. The tale's themes of resilience and the triumph of good over evil have made it a beloved classic worldwide. Offshoot Books has picked this beloved tale and sprinkled a fresh twist into it. This fresh twist is sure to entice readers of all ages. 

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In the traditional narrative of Hansel and Gretel, we're familiar with the plight of two siblings abandoned in the forest by their stepmother and father. However, in Offshoot Books’ reimagined version, we digress from the conventional storyline. Instead of a stepmother, it is the tragic loss of the children’s mother that sets the stage for the woodcutter's problems. The woodcutter struggled to make ends meet, barely scraping by with his meagre earnings. He was worried about how to provide for his beloved children, but the weight of financial hardship pressed heavily upon him.

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In a desperate moment, a strange idea crept into his mind – what if he sent Hansel and Gretel away? Perhaps then, he could save some money and ensure their well-being. The mere thought of parting with his children shook his heart, yet the harsh reality of their circumstances could not be overseen.

Thus, one fateful day, the woodcutter announced a surprise to his children – a journey into the forest. With brimming excitement Hansel and Gretel packed their toys and eagerly set out for their adventure in the woods.

As they ventured deeper into the forest, they marvelled at the wonders of nature, little did they know that their father was going to leave them in the woods to find a way for themselves. The children rested under a tree and when they got up from sleep, they could not find their father around. The children looked for their father everywhere, only to discover a mysterious sight that would change their lives forever...

But what happens next? To unveil the rest of this enchanting twist on the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel, one must delve into the pages of "Hansel and Gretel" by Offshoot Books.

Offshoot Books, renowned for their innovative retellings of timeless tales, has spun a fresh narrative that captivates readers with its intriguing twists and turns. With each page, readers are drawn deeper into the magical world where Hansel and Gretel embark on new and unexpected journeys.

From the heartwarming bond between Hansel and Gretel to the mysteries lurking within the enchanted forest, Offshoot Books' retelling promises an unforgettable adventure that will leave readers spellbound until the very end.

So, if you're ready to embark on a journey beyond the familiar confines of the traditional narrative, grab a copy of "Hansel and Gretel" by Offshoot Books and get whisked away on a magical journey like never before.

Explore Offshoot Books' "Twist in the Tale" series:

This collection provides a fresh viewpoint on beloved fairy tales, adding unexpected elements to captivate children and parents. These tales not only delight young readers but also enhance comprehension, using vocabulary that is aligned with the Cambridge list curated for Starters, Movers, and Flyers.

Titles in this series:

  • Cinderella
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Pinocchio
  • Rapunzel
  • The Dancing Shoes
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


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