There is more to Hansel and Gretel story than meets the eye at the first glance. It is interesting to note, how frequently the theme of eating appears in the story. For young children, food and eating is a very important aspect of everyday life and often can be the object of many hidden fears. In Hansel and Gretel, the food theme is apparent throughout the story. The children are driven out of the house because the stepmother claims there isn’t enough food. Hansel & Gretel leave a trail of breadcrumbs, but it’s eaten by the birds. The witch’s house made out of gingerbread and the children taste a piece. The witch wants to eat the children, but decides to feed them first to fatten them up. Many common childhood fears are expressed in this tale, from fear of abandonment and hunger to betrayal of trust. The children in this story are betrayed by the grownups they trust – the stepmother, the witch, and even their father who fails to protect them. And yet in the end the courage and resourcefulness of Gretel helps the children to successfully overcome all obstacles and even reap a handsome reward, the witch’s treasure. Despite the many dangers and threats, most children enjoy the thrill of the story of Hansel and Gretel because it offers a hopeful message that perseverance and resilience will overcome any adversary