“The Three Pearls” is a translation of “Las tres perlas” by Spanish writer Luis Coloma, SJ (1851–1914). Although Coloma never explained why his subtitle describes the story as a “Legend in Imitation of German Tales” (“Leyenda imitada del alemán”), his efforts to write what he called “recreational stories” for children were consistent with the Grimms’ project, which included the ten children’s legends appended to their famous fairy tales. Coloma’s children’s stories are still read with pleasure today.
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