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
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 NordSud Verlag since the beginning of her career fifty years ago.