Stories from Hans Christian Andersen
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Stories from Hans Christian Andersen

by Hans Christian Andersen, Edmund Dulac
     
 

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For over 150 years, the enchanting fairy tales of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen have delighted people all over the world. This beautifully designed treasury gathers his most beloved tales in a gilt-stamped, hardcover edition, illustrated with 28 full-color images by Golden Age artist Edmund Dulac. Filled with such favorites as "The Snow Queen," "The

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For over 150 years, the enchanting fairy tales of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen have delighted people all over the world. This beautifully designed treasury gathers his most beloved tales in a gilt-stamped, hardcover edition, illustrated with 28 full-color images by Golden Age artist Edmund Dulac. Filled with such favorites as "The Snow Queen," "The Nightingale," and "The Emperor's New Clothes," this masterful collection will excite the senses of book lovers everywhere.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Matthews ( Dr. Monsoon's Amazing Finishing Academy ) and Snow recast 11 selections from the Andersen canon in this unspectacular volume. While they include such sweetmeats as ``The Wild Swans,'' in which a princess rescues her brothers from a queen's wicked spell, many of the well-known choices are pessimistic if not morbid: ``The Little Match Girl,'' ``The Fir Tree'' and others prove that fairy-tale heroes and heroines don't always live happily ever after. But Snow's small, bland cartoons of pleasant, smiling characters conspicuously tiptoe around the bleak elements. Some of his art seems thoroughly incongruous, such as the cheery final illustration for ``The Little Mermaid.'' Matthews, who states that he aimed to make the stories ``immediate and enjoyable for a modern audience'' and to preserve the ``spirit of Andersen,'' meddles more than necessary; for example, the cloth woven for the famously fashionable emperor is said to be invisible not just to fools but to people ``who aren't doing their work properly.'' Meant to update Andersen's 19th-century classics, this collection merely waters them down. Ages 7-10. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Matthews has simplified the story lines and modernized the language of 11 familiar Andersen tales. His style is conversational and lively, and he avoids the use of slang. Snow's cartoon illustrations create a feeling of bumptious good humor and are well integrated throughout the text, varying from small pictures in the middle of a page, to full-page spreads. This lighthearted approach of both text and pictures is somewhat at odds with the irony and tragedy of tales such as ``The Pig Boy,'' ``The Little Mermaid,'' and ``The Steadfast Tin Soldier.'' It works best with the more amusing ``Princess and the Pea'' and ``The Emperor's New Clothes.'' Unfortunately, the emperor is shown on the cover, the title page, and in the book wearing boxer shorts, though he is referred to as naked, a minor distortion, yet one that stands out. In condensing the tales, the layers of meaning and emotion in the originals are lost. Still, Matthew's edition, with its large clear type and generous margins, is open and inviting. It will attract young readers to the tales, and it does provide a serviceable first reading of the familiar classics.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606600009
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
11/18/2008
Series:
Calla Editions Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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