Currently, I am reading fairy stories. It may not surprise you to find out that these were not written for children. They were part of the oral storytelling tradition around the world, mostly performed by those who were illiterate. However, some of the tales were retold, or rather rewritten, with added flair. No doubt, parents would have told some of these to young listeners as cautionary tales because they have a clear sense of right and wrong, and good always triumphs over evil. The well known Disney versions have sanitized most of them, so I recommend going back to these much older versions. Get ready for blood, violence, romance, and retribution!
This version also has an enlightening Introduction which explains the genre of fairytales.