It's 2:30 in the am and I can't sleep, seems like a good time for a post! Another story book illustration from my set of vintage German picture blocks.
I remember this story from my own reading as a child. Grimms' Fairytales and such, the more "grimm" and gruesome the better. The Brothers Grimm and their tales have quite a history in themselves, for an interesting read look them up on Wickipedia.