The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen

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Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish storyteller whose fairy tales are known all over the world, was also a gifted artist. He made hundreds, perhaps thousands, of paper cuttings of swans, clowns, toy theaters, windmills, angels, and other whimsical images. Often he made the paper cuttings while telling a story, then gave them to the children listening to him. In this inspired biography, Beth Wagner Brust tells the story of Andersen as an artist who used his many talents to escape the poverty into which he was born...

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Overview

Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish storyteller whose fairy tales are known all over the world, was also a gifted artist. He made hundreds, perhaps thousands, of paper cuttings of swans, clowns, toy theaters, windmills, angels, and other whimsical images. Often he made the paper cuttings while telling a story, then gave them to the children listening to him. In this inspired biography, Beth Wagner Brust tells the story of Andersen as an artist who used his many talents to escape the poverty into which he was born and who entertained others with not only his famous stories but also his innovative and original art.

Hans Christian Andersen was a gifted artist as well as a storyteller and writer who used his many talents to escape the poverty into which he was born. Beth Wagner Brust tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen as an artist, describing how and why he made paper cuttings, which, like his tales, were innovative and original.

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Publishers Weekly
"Andersen's whimsical, often astonishingly complex paper cuttings serve as the subject as well as the principal illustrations of this attractively designed book," wrote PW. "An intriguing glimpse of the famous author's lesser-known talent." Ages 10-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The whimsical, often astonishingly complex paper cuttings executed by Hans Christian Andersen serve as the subject as well as the principal illustrations of this attractively designed book. Striking cutouts, typically from white or light-colored paper, are set off by dramatic black backgrounds. A succinct text outlines the major events in Andersen's life, from his childhood in a slum of Odense to his later career as a celebrated writer. As Brust emphasizes, Andersen's paper cuttings were an integral part of his storytelling performances: he cut while he spoke, unfolding a finished piece at the end of his tale. A final chapter describes some of Andersen's paper-cutting techniques and discusses the history of that art form. An intriguing glimpse of the famous author's lesser-known talent. Ages 7-9. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-As a storyteller, Andersen relied on simple language and dramatic gestures to tap the imagination of his listeners. Sometimes, it seems, he also supplemented his tellings with the making of paper cuttings, a popular craft in the mid-19th century. Brust provides a skeleton biography of Andersen using anecdotal reports of some of the occasions when he employed his handicraft to entertain children, capture a scene during his travels, and even as a sort of universal language when in a foreign country. The more than 20 reproductions demonstrate his imaginative use of materials. While none illustrate any of his stories, many cuttings demonstrate his skill in liberating intricate shapes and in designing complex, interlocking compositions. Nevertheless, the use of ``amazing'' in the title is a bit of an exaggeration. Rather, the book's value is in showing a little-known facet of the man's personality. The writing is direct and informative and uses quotations from letters and diaries to spice up the simple prose; the chapter on the art of paper cutting is a useful presentation of the technical processes. An unusual book that combines biography and creativity.-Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
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"Hans Christian Andersen's skillful paper cuttings. . .project the same bittersweet elements as the fairy tales he wrote. Concentrating on this aspect of his achievements, Brust's biography explores the development of Andersen's skill." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618311095
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/16/2003
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth Wagner Brust first discovered Andersen's paper cuttings at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark. When she learned that many of them had been made as presents for young people, she decided to tell the story of Andersen as an artist. She lives in California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Writer and Artist 11
1 A Childhood of Puppets and Make-Believe 16
2 Becoming a Writer 25
3 Hans Christian Andersen at Center Stage 33
4 "To Travel is to Live" 41
5 The Good "Cutting-Out Places" 49
6 The Art of Paper Cutting 59
Conclusion: Daring to be Different 69
Bibliography and Source Notes 73
Index 77
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