Life as we know it here, upon this earth of ours, is full of violence. Violence is a part of existence. As a child, reading this fairy tale had never incited me to commit any crime! On the contrary, it taught me to be vigilant and brave in the face of danger.
All those who oppose reading this story(and others like this) to their children, and then let them watch or play violent video games or movies, are fooling themselves. Children DO KNOW the difference between real and imagined. And besides, every fairy tale story of old has a moral to teach, a thing quite valuable to a growing up our children are being exposed to these days is much more damaging to them than a fairy tale story of Hansel and Gretel
Please, let the children be children as long as possible, their innocence is an absolutely necessary component of a healthy society..