Nesting dolls originated in Russia and were adopted by Polish folk artists. Unlike their more delicate, artistic Russian counterparts, sturdier Polish sets are considered children's toys. The "Hansel and Gretel" tale is similar to many children and witch tales that have been known throughout Europe for many centuries. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm from Germany wrote the first edition of Hansel and Gretel in the early nineteenth century. The Grimm's continued to revise the story, adding dramatic embellishments, until the final revision was published in 1857.
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