Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1785 and 1786 near
Frankfurt, Germany. In their early twenties, they began the
linguistic studies that would culminate in their collected editions
of folk- and fairy tales. They got their stories from peasants and
villagers, and sometimes from already-published works from other
cultures. Jacob did much of the research; Wilhelm put the stories
into literary form.
Bernadette Watts, known throughout Europe simply as Bernadette, has illustrated many dozens of folk- and fairy tales. Born in England, she loved to draw from childhood. She studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent, UK, for a time under the tutelage of Brian Wildsmith. Bernadette’s many beautiful books include The Snow Queen and The Bremen Town Musicians. Bernadette finds her inspiration in nature. Today she lives and works in Kent. She has been illustrating for NorthSouth Books and NordSüd Verlag since the beginning of her career fifty years ago.