The Grimm's 'Hansel and Gretel' always frightened me as a child. I used to think it was just the witch I found scary, but I've realized that what really terrifies is the the unreliability of what seems good in this tale. First the childrens' parents, whom they should be able to trust, abandon them in the forest. Then, in the scene I depict here, they reach what seems like a safe haven--the cozy house made of breads and sweets, where they can enjoy a bite to eat and perhaps find shelter. But behind that tasty facade lurkes the witch. This tale brings distrust into the stories of childhood--a disturbing emotion at any age.