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The Old Man and his Grandson
The Old Man and his Grandson Märchen

The Old Man and his Grandson - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 2 min

There was once a very old man, whose eyes had become dim, his ears dull of hearing, his knees trembled, and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon, and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. His son and his son’s wife were disgusted at this, so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove, and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl, and not even enough of it. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. Once, too, his trembling hands could not hold the bowl, and it fell to the ground and broke. The young wife scolded him, but he said nothing and only sighed. Then they bought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence, out of which he had to eat. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. „What are you doing there?“ asked the father. „I am making a little trough,“ answered the child, „for father and mother to eat out of when I am big.“

The man and his wife looked at each other for a while, and presently began to cry. Then they took the old grandfather to the table, and henceforth always let him eat with them, and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything.

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 78
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 980
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson28.5
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index82.1
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level7
Gunning Fog Index9.8
Coleman–Liau Index7.2
SMOG Index8.2
Automated Readability Index7.4
Character Count1.269
Letter Count981
Sentence Count12
Word Count251
Average Words per Sentence20,92
Words with more than 6 letters19
Percentage of long words7.6%
Number of Syllables307
Average Syllables per Word1,22
Words with three Syllables9
Percentage Words with three Syllables3.6%
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