Tales of Hans Christian Andersen: Candlewick Illustrated Classic

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Candlewick Illustrated Classics are collectible editions that bring treasured stories to life with lavish full-color illustrations and elegant French flaps.

This superb collection of thirteen Andersen tales includes “The Princess and the Pea,” “Thumbelina,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Snow Queen.” Naomi Lewis’s translations brilliantly capture Andersen’s irresistible humor and conversational tone, and a whole host of memorable...

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Overview

Candlewick Illustrated Classics are collectible editions that bring treasured stories to life with lavish full-color illustrations and elegant French flaps.

This superb collection of thirteen Andersen tales includes “The Princess and the Pea,” “Thumbelina,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Snow Queen.” Naomi Lewis’s translations brilliantly capture Andersen’s irresistible humor and conversational tone, and a whole host of memorable characters are brought to life in Joel Stewart’s fresh and whimsical illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
A treasure awaits the owner of this beautifully illustrated collection of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. This book contains thirteen of his tales, including such beloved ones as "The Little Mermaid," "Thumbelina," and "The Ugly Duckling," and it is part of the "Candlewick Illustrated Classics" series. Lewis begins this collection by sharing Andersen's life story, which gives the reader a greater insight into the mind and heart of the man who wrote these cherished tales. At the beginning of each tale, Lewis provides an introduction which includes information about each tale, such as the original publication year, Andersen's inspiration for the tale, and other interesting facts. The information given in each introduction varies with each tale, but every introduction includes Lewis' own personal critique. Stewart's accompanying illustrations are magical and thought provoking. They seem to echo the fairy tale theme of the text with their winsome quality. It might be of importance to add here concerning the illustrations that one drawing in "The Emperor's New Clothes" shows the naked backside of the Emperor and another shows a side view. This book will most likely be enjoyable to children of all ages who are still interested in fairy tales. Even some middle school children and teenagers may enjoy this collection, especially if they knew they would be surprised at some of the endings, quite unlike the Disney version they most likely grew up watching. For independent reading, this book seems most appropriate for middle readers. These tales would also be useful as bedtime stories for young children. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763648923
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Series: Candlewick Illustrated Classic Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,462,012
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen

Naomi Lewis is a leading authority on the works of Hans Christian Andersen, several of whose works she has translated, including THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES and THE SNOW QUEEN, both illustrated by Angela Barrett. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she has won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature. Naomi Lewis lives in London.

Joel Stewart studied at Falmouth College of Art, graduating with a degree in illustration. He is the illustrator of the highly acclaimed picture books JABBERWOCKY and THE ADVENTURES OF A NOSE. Joel Stewart lives in Cornwall, England.

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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