Once upon a time there was a woodcutter. He lived at the edge of a large forest with his wife and two children， Hansel and Gretel. They were very poor and one night his wife said， “We must take the children deep into the forest tomorrow and leave them there.” Very sadly the woodcutter agreed.
But the children were so hungry they couldn't sleep and they heard everything.
Hansel crept out of the house and collected some pebbles which shimmered brightly in the moonlight.
As the children were taken into the woods the next day， from time to time Hansel secretly dropped a pebble.
The woodcutter left the children deep in the forest.