THE GOLDEN BIRD
A trait that often appears in fairy tales is the idea of things happening in three. For this particular story, there are three brothers that first attempt to catch the thief stealing apples from the king's tree. The first two brothers fail, but the third finds out that there is a Golden Bird stealing them. This launches an adventure where each brother attempts to find the Golden Bird. The first two brothers even are advised by a fox what to do, but they still fail. The third brother is ultimately successful, but not without a few problems along the way. He knows to listen to the fox, but he doesn't always do so. It doesn't matter, though, because he wins in the end. I liked this story better than one where the first two brothers don't listen at all, but when the third brother comes along he does everything perfect. This put a bit of a different twist on things.
HANS IN LUCK
This story is just silly. The main character is not the sharpest tool in the shed, let me tell you. The story starts off with him going home and being paid with a piece of silver the size of his head. It is very heavy, though, and he quickly finds someone willing to trade for it. This continues until he is once again carrying a heavy stone. This time it is just a regular rock that he loses in the water and discovers just how lucky he is that he doesn't have to carry it the rest of the way home. So, all the people he has traded with wind up with treasures and he is excited to get home and tell his mother just how lucky he is. He doesn't seem to care that he is going home empty-handed. It doesn't say, but it makes you wonder just how happy his mother was about the whole story...