I have the complete set of the Grimm Fairy-Tales, and there are so many that I haven’t read! They are very short, as one would know, so I have decided to read each one and give them a review. Some are very vulgar, some are very cute and some don’t even make sense. Some of them are well known fairy-tales and some have never been told. Some are fairy-tales we know but are not the same because they have been downplayed for the children.
This story probably shouldn’t be told to young kids unless you are trying to teach them the way of the world in a very harsh light. It isn’t vulgar, and it has a life lesson with it, strangely enough.
The cat and mouse live together in a house and have a pot of fat waiting for them in the church. They told each other that when times are hard, they will go to it (like for example, winter when they can’t get food).
The cat, like all cats, thinks for herself and she tricks the mouse. She eats the whole pot of fat three different times. When the time comes that they actually need it, the cat ends up eating the mouse.
Honestly I see this lesson in the cat’s eyes.
For example, say you and a friend are on a diet. You both are overweight and you are trying to lose the weight together to make it easier. You can’t handle the urge to have that Hershey Bar ever so often or the burger from McDonald’s, so you just don’t tell your friend that you are breaking your diet. After a few times, your friend finds out and is upset. In the end, she breaks the diet too and nothing is accomplished.
The cat swallowing the mouse is like the friend giving into what you were doing.
Honestly, if I had read this as a kid I probably would have cried because the mouse died. But, I know most kids aren’t as annoyingly attached to animals as I am, so it may be alright to read. There isn’t vulgar descriptions are anything like that. I just didn’t like the ending!
But, Lesson Learned!