Let’s Pretend, created and directed by Nila Mack (1891-1953), was a long-run CBS radio series for children. Mack’s Let’s Pretend began March 24, 1934, running for two decades before the final show on October 23, 1954. Adaptations included classics and fairy tales.The series received numerous awards, including two Peabody Awards, a Women’s National Radio Committee Award and five Radio Daily Awards.In 1970 Telegeneral adapted these stories on vinyl records.
Jorinda and Joringle – The juniper tree.
“Jorinde and Joringel” is a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, number 69.
It is Aarne-Thompson type 405. The tale is found virtually exclusively in Germany, although Marie Campbell found a variant in Kentucky, The Flower of Dew.
The story is known in many English translations as “Jorinda and Jorindel.”
A shape-shifting witch (or “fairy,” depending on the translation) lived alone in a dark castle in the woods. She could lure wild animals and birds to her before killing them; she transfixed anyone who would came near to where she stood, and turn innocent maidens into birds and cage them. Jorinde and Joringel, who had promised to marry each other, went for a walk in the forest. They came too near the witch’s lair; she turned Jorinde into a nightingale and fixed Joringel to the ground. Once she had carried away the bird, she freed Joringel.
One night Joringel dreamed of a flower, and that it would break all the witch’s spells. He sought it for nine days, found it, and carried it back to the castle. He was not frozen to the ground when he approached the castle, and it opened all the doors. He found the witch feeding the birds. She was unable to curse him, and when she tried to take one cage away, he realized it was Jorinde. He touched the witch with the flower, and her evil magic left her forever. He touched Jorinde with the flower and she became a woman again; then he transformed all the other women back.
The Juniper Tree is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. In some editions the story is called The Almond Tree. The Text in the Grimm collection is in Low German.
It is tale number 47 and Aarne-Thompson type 720: “my mother slew me, my father ate me”. Another such tale is the English The Rose-Tree, although it reverses the sexes from The Juniper Tree; The Juniper Tree follows the more common pattern of having the dead child be the boy.
A woman wishes for a child as red as blood and as white as snow. She knows she is about to die, so she requests that she be buried under a juniper tree that her family has outside, as that is where she wished for the child. After a few months she gives birth to a son and dies a few days later. She is buried underneath the Juniper tree. Her husband grieves for a long time, and gets married again. His second wife gives birth to a daughter, Marjory, but hates the son because he would be the one to inherit all the family’s money, and she wishes it to be her daughter. One day, she offers Marjory an apple and she graciously accepts it. Then she has an evil thought and cruelly offers the boy one. As he reaches in a box to get it, she slams the box’s heavy lid on him, beheading him. She then takes a bandage and ties his head back to his body, and tells Marjory to ask him for the apple, and if he doesn’t give it, to give him a good box on the ear. Marjory kindly asks for the apple, and then boxes him on the ear, resulting in the boy’s head falling off. Marjory goes to her mother and tells her in sobs that she killed her brother. Her mother reassures Marjory and they both agree not to tell the father. Marjory cannot stop weeping. When the father returns the boy has ‘gone to stay with his uncle’. The father is upset that the boy did not say goodbye and tells Marjory that he will be home soon. The stepmother then turns the boy’s body into a stew without anyone knowing apart from her and Marjory.
The father eats the stew, suspecting nothing, and declares it delicious. Marjory, however, keeps the bones left over from the meal and buries them beneath the Juniper tree. A beautiful bird flies out of the tree. It goes and sings a song to a goldsmith about its cruel death at the hands of its mother and how caring his sister is. The goldsmith gives the bird a golden chain because the song is so beautiful. The bird also sings the same song to a shoemaker, who gives it a pair of red shoes, and to millers, who give it a millstone. It then flies back home and sings its song. The father goes out to see what is singing such a beautiful song and the golden chain falls about his neck. The father tells everyone that a beautiful bird gave him a chain. It sings again and Marjory goes out to see if this is true, and the red shoes fall to her. She comes in giggling happily and tells everyone how happy she is with what the bird has given her. All this time the stepmother is complaining of heat, claiming she has a horrid fire burning in her veins. It sings a third time, the stepmother goes out,hoping for relief, and the bird drops the millstone on her, crushing and killing her. The father and Marjory go out to see what caused the loud crash, but find nothing but a swirl of smoke and a stone. The brother is standing there, looking happy, and they all go inside for dinner.