The Emperor's New Clothes: Favorite Fairy Tales

The Emperor's New Clothes: Favorite Fairy Tales

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by Hans Christian Andersen
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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 - 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
Kirkus Reviews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582541177
Publisher:
Kaplan Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Series:
Favorite Fairy Tales Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 7.87(h) x (d)

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