(7/19/07 3:21 am)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
I made a topic about Ladybird Book fairy tales, but I have another one, this time about a specific tale and a discussion related to it. I just remembered as a child reading a version of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in Ladybird's Well Loved Tales series. I am aware of Goethe's poem and the segment "Fantasia", and as far as I'm aware, those only deal with the broom business. However, this version had the broom incident, naturally, but only as an incident in the middle of the plot (in comparison, the version in "Fantasia" would be like "Cinderella" with only the Godmother and ballroom scenes). The Sorcerer was wicked and caused issues for a local village, though they had no knowledge it was him doing it. He had kidnapped a young boy from the village and made him his apprentice. The broom incident happened as normal and as punishment for it, he started playing tricks with the boy. Fortunately, the boy tricked him into turning into a drop of water, and he dropped the Sorcerer into a stream.
Is this based on any previous version of the story? Or was it just the adapter being creative, causing elaboration?