Grimms' Fairy Tales
How we cite our quotes:
Once upon a time there was a man who was about to go on a long journey, and right before his departure he asked his three daughters what he should bring back to them. The oldest wanted pearls, the second, diamonds, but the third said, "Dear Father, I'd like to have a singing, springing lark." (The Singing, Springing Lark.292)
Asking for riches is a surefire way to get your butt handed to you in fairy tales. But if you're patient and willing to undergo many trials and tribulations, as this heroine does, you're sure to be rewarded in the end…with a pet bird (and probably a husband).
When they entered the hall, her husband was standing there in his royal attire, but she did not recognize him until he took her into his arms, kissed her, and said, "I suffered a great deal for you, and it was only right that you should also suffer for me." (The Six Servants.439)
What, your new bride doesn't know the meaning of humility? Teach her a lesson, fair and square. But only if you're in a Grimm tale.
"For he who worships God in every way, who suffers, waits, is meek, and prays, who keeps his faith and conscience pure, God will keep him safe and sure." (The Sparrow and His Four Children.473)
There you have it, straight from the mouths (beaks?) of sparrows. This kind of anthropomorphic behavior is an effective way of showing just how universal the Christian belief system is believed to be in these tales.