Andersen's Fairy Tales

Andersen's Fairy Tales

by Friederun Reichenstetter, Silke Leffler
     
 


From well-known classics like The Little Match Girl and The Emperor's New Clothes, to fairytale treasures yet to be discovered, Silke Leffler's enchanting illustrations capture the time-less magic of Andersen's tales. The scope of this edition makes it a must-have for any collection of fairy tales. Silke Leffler's unique artwork brings a new perspective to the…  See more details below

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From well-known classics like The Little Match Girl and The Emperor's New Clothes, to fairytale treasures yet to be discovered, Silke Leffler's enchanting illustrations capture the time-less magic of Andersen's tales. The scope of this edition makes it a must-have for any collection of fairy tales. Silke Leffler's unique artwork brings a new perspective to the works of this storytelling genius. The gold foil on the jacket gives the book that extra appeal. Leffler's illustrations and the overall beauty of the book design make this especially appropriate for the gift market at the Holiday season.

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School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up
Thirteen tales-10 of them among Andersen's most popular-are adapted from excellent translations by Anthea Bell and H. P. Paul. Although several of the tales ("The Princess and the Pea," "Thumbeline," "The Emperor's New Clothes") might be enjoyed by young children, others ("The Traveling Companion," "There Is No Doubt") contain scary or gruesome details that make them more appropriate for older children and adults. Andersen's subtly related plots, often involving tales within tales and resolutions that necessitate discerning thought and attention to detail, are aimed at adults and teens, as well. Leffler's often-humorous painted folk-art illustrations show cute little people with chubby line-drawn faces dressed in clothing of 18th-century style. Some animals-especially the fowl-are cartoons. In four of the stories, a full-page illustration and its opposing text page are mismatched. These flaws aside, the volume itself is quite handsome. Lisbeth Zwerger's Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales (Minedition, 2006) is more traditionally illustrated and contains tales that are more appropriate for family sharing.
—Susan SchepsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Leffler's small, delicately drawn and colored figures-part collage, and mostly of fairies or distant, elegantly posed people-add graceful visual notes to every spread of a collection that resembles many others, but does mix some less familiar tales in with the usual chestnuts. Readers may be disappointed that there's no "Little Mermaid," and no Emperor to be seen, clothed or otherwise, in the "Emperor's New Clothes." However, the grisly "Traveling Companion," which features an abusive ghost and a sorcerer with a taste for human eyes, makes pleasantly chilling reading, and Andersen's cutting style of humor definitely comes through in "The Sweethearts," about a top who abandons his love for a leather ball when she turns old and ugly, and the closer, in which "Jack the Dullard" gets the Princess by displaying a rude sense of fun. Reichenstetter trims away some of Andersen's descriptive and ornamental fancies to retell the 13 tales in formal but not stiff language. A good choice for a gift, or to showcase the author's always surprising versatility. (Short stories. 10-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735821415
Publisher:
NorthSouth (NY)
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
92
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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