The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

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The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen have enchanted children and adults alike for over a hundred and fifty years. The twelve stories in this new collection include old favorites such as "The Nightengale," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Princess and the Pea," as well s some less-known tales such as "The Snowman" and The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep."

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The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen have enchanted children and adults alike for over a hundred and fifty years. The twelve stories in this new collection include old favorites such as "The Nightengale," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Princess and the Pea," as well s some less-known tales such as "The Snowman" and The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep."

These tales show the many facets of Andersen's unique genius. By turns romantic and practical, sentimental and comic, straightforward and ironic, they can provide both an evening's entertainment and continued food for thought.

Neil Philip's sparkling new translation aims to capture Andersen's relaxed, conversational style, often lost in older literary versions. In his introduction, Philip considers Andersen's life and achievements and hails him as one of the greatest artists ever to write for children.

The stories are illustrated by Isabelle Brent with glowing pictures full of rich decorative detail reminscent of Gustav Klimt. Her use of gold leaf brings a sense of glittering wonder to every page - a sense of wonder just right for contemplating Andersen's masterful stories.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gilded illustrations by Isabelle Brent add sparkle to Viking's Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Old favorites such as ``The Ugly Duckling'' and ``The Snow Queen'' are the mainstay of this 12-story collection, but older readers already familiar with Andersen may welcome the inclusion of such lesser known tales as ``The Snowman'' and ``Father's Always Right'' ($19.99, 144p, all ages ISBN 0-670-85930-3 Sept.).
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-Most of the 12 fairy tales collected in this handsome, appealing volume are popular stories such as ``The Ugly Duckling,'' ``The Snow Queen,'' and ``Thumbelina,'' while some are less familiar: ``Grief,'' ``The Shadow,'' and ``It's Perfectly True.'' Philip has done an exemplary job in selection and translation; apart from an occasional jarring colloquialism, the narratives are done with care and respect for the language and tone of Andersen's tales. They retain the old-fashioned style of the original stories, and while the pace is measured, it does not lag. Brent's jewel-toned illustrations highlighted with gold leaf are eye-catching and lavish. They are set in abstract borders, and the pattern is repeated on the margins of the text pages. Each page is edged with gold leaf on the vertical sides, and the result is inviting and attractive. There is little overlap with Eric Blegvad's fine collection, Twelve Tales (McElderry, 1994). A lovely collaboration.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781494378691
Publisher:
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date:
12/05/2013
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.22(d)

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen was a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, but is best known for his fairytales.

Brief Biography

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

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