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Virginia Lee Burton has added her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design to the tale children have loved for centuries. The Emperor, his court, and clothes -- or lack of them -- are ridiculous as only Hans Christian Andersen can make them. The whole is a delightful concoction.

A retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

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Overview

Virginia Lee Burton has added her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design to the tale children have loved for centuries. The Emperor, his court, and clothes -- or lack of them -- are ridiculous as only Hans Christian Andersen can make them. The whole is a delightful concoction.

A retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Duntze embroiders the classic story with exquisite visual details; her lanky, angular people with a jaundiced glow add a playfully sinister note. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2 Up--Lewis always seems to find just the right tone and turn of phrase to translate Andersen's stories. This retelling is similar to but not as succinct as the version she included in Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales (Puffin, 1996). Also, she puts a slightly different spin on the ending here: the father does not comprehend that what his daughter is saying is true. He only wants to hush her and avoid embarrassment. Lewis's awareness of such subtleties as the likely reaction of a startled parent to an importunate child is the kind of detail that brings life to her retellings. Barrett has set the story in a small European country in 1913, an innocent time nostalgically evoked. The double-spread watercolors have elegant forms and imaginative compositions and are beautifully painted. A richness is achieved through the combination of delicate colors with vivid, darker accents and the pictures are full of clever touches. The vain monarch is shown on stamps, coins, and currency. In one picture he is portrayed as a paper doll next to a row of costumes with tabs on them. Busy dogs appear everywhere. In the final scene, the king is seen naked from behind with suntan marks showing the contours of his evidently modest bathing costume. The sense of order in this beautiful and civilized little world gives a sort of jolly tone to the whole undertaking. This enchanting and witty interpretation of an old favorite belongs in every collection.--Marilyn Iarusso, New York Public Library
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Gr 2-4San Jos uses a very free translation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic and it doesn't sound much like Andersen. The reteller follows the story line, but shortens the text. She eliminates the swindlers' claim that the cloth will be invisible to anyone who is unfit for his job, and therefore loses a lot of the subtlety of the tale. Here the people who do not see the material are only stupid. More time is spent describing the appearance of the nonexistent cloth than in conveying the thinking of the courtiers and their king, who are, of course, all fearful to admit that they cannot see the fabric. The realistic watercolors show figures in 17th-century garb against plain white pages, with only a few props added in placesthe loom, the mirror, the Emperor's canopy. While the understated illustrations are accomplished and the text is adequate, the book lacks the bravura wit, humor, and inventiveness of Angela Barrett's pictures in Naomi Lewis's more faithful translation (Candlewick, 1997).Marilyn Iarusso, New York Public Library
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The Emperor's New Clothes (28 pp.; Feb.; 1-56397-699-4): This is not so much a new edition of Andersen's classic as it is an opportunity for Archipowa to demonstrate her skill with watercolors. They have a great delicacy that is almost filigreed at times. The two swindlers have their wicked intent etched into their faces, while the royal retinue sport a good variety of expressions to show their confusion. The illustrator also has a fine time capturing gestures, e.g., the swindlers feigning their weaving and tailoring. Fittingly, because this is a story about clothes, Archipowa has expended much energy on the finery worn by the characters in the story. (Picture book/folklore. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582541177
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/1989
  • Series: Favorite Fairy Tales Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
Reared in poverty, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen created more than 200 folk and fairy tales beloved by countless generations of children -- and adults.

Biography

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, to a poor family. He left home as a 14-year-old to seek his fortune at the theatre in Copenhagen. Andersen began writing plays and poetry before he left for Copenhagen, but it was not until 1835 that he published the first of the fairytales that would bring him international renown. Since then, his over 200 fairytales have enjoyed undiminished popularity, providing the basis for favorite American interpretations such as Disney's The Little Mermaid.

Biography courtesy of HarperCollins

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 2, 1805
    2. Place of Birth:
      Odense, Denmark
    1. Date of Death:
      August 4, 1875
    2. Place of Death:
      Copenhagen, Denmark

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