BN.com Gift Guide

The Emperor and the Nightingale

Overview

"Many, many moons ago in ancient China there lived an Emperor who possessed untold riches..." And so begins the poignant tale of a magical relationship between a little nightingale, a clever kitchen maid, and a mighty ruler. "The Emperor and the Nightingale," which originated from the pen of Hans Christian Andersen, is retold here with spirit and elegance by Fiona Waters and complemented by the ravishing illustrations of Paul Birkbeck.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (2) from $1.99   
  • Used (2) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2006

Feedback rating:

(60901)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Acceptable
Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

Ships from: Mishawaka, IN

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$31.50
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(83)

Condition: Acceptable
Birkbeck, Paul 2000 Hard cover Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show ... discolouration. Glued binding. Paper over boards. Picture book. 32 p. Contains: Illustrations. Intended for a juvenile audience. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Goring-By-Sea, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

"Many, many moons ago in ancient China there lived an Emperor who possessed untold riches..." And so begins the poignant tale of a magical relationship between a little nightingale, a clever kitchen maid, and a mighty ruler. "The Emperor and the Nightingale," which originated from the pen of Hans Christian Andersen, is retold here with spirit and elegance by Fiona Waters and complemented by the ravishing illustrations of Paul Birkbeck.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Lavish, intricate illustrations are the strong point of this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale… A lovely offering.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of a jaded ruler who learns to appreciate simple beauty receives a vivacious if loquacious treatment in this handsome picture book. For the most part, Waters spins the familiar story with aplomb; her prose, both pungent and humorous (as when she describes the palace made of fine porcelain "which did not make it the most comfortable place to live in as you always had to be rather careful where you sat"), adheres closely to Andersen's original plot and structure. Occasionally, however, the narrative gets flabby (e.g., when the kitchen maid leads the Emperor's courtiers to the nightingale: "By now the great trail of people had reached the forest and quite a few of them were looking decidedly nervous at the thought of walking in under the trees, which looked very forbidding in the dusk"). Birkbeck's meticulous illustrations take full advantage of the exotic setting in ancient China. He dedicates as much attention to the lush imperial garden planted in a riot of colors as he does a courtyard's-eye view of the hustle and bustle throughout the palace's many rooms--kitchen and treasure-house, bedroom and office. And Andersen's message is as fitting today as when he first wrote of the nightingale's healing powers. Ages 8-11. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Waters retells Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale in clear, crisp language that captures the essence of the story without rendering it sterile. She chooses the best and most vivid images in the original story, and her writing is graceful and lucid. She makes a few changes, the most significant of which is that she omits the image of Death crouching on the dying emperor's chest. Instead, the ruler reflects on his good and bad deeds himself. While purists may disagree, the power of the story is not diminished by the change, and it extends the age range that would be receptive to it. Furthermore, the characterizations rely less on stereotypes and are allowed a degree of humanity not present in Eva Le Gallienne's translation in The Nightingale (HarperCollins, 1965), illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Birkbeck's jewel-toned tapestrylike illustrations are lush and rich with detail, employing light and shadow effectively. They also contain deft touches of humor, as when the courtiers are tearing the palace apart to look for the nightingale. Unlike Burkert's illustrations or those by Lisbeth Zwerger (North-South, 1999), they do not emulate Asian art. Children and adults alike will enjoy poring over the distinctive and striking pages.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster Area Library, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Elaborate, richly detailed illustrations give this"Nightingale" a stately air; the Emperor's porcelain palace is thick with ornaments and architectural frills, his gardens with solid masses of exotic flora, and most scenes are viewed through a bluish light that gives them a"willow plate" look. Other than dropping most of Andersen's coy asides, Waters leaves the text more or less intact. It's not the first picture book rendition of the tale—by a long shot—but it is one of the most handsome and readable ones. (Picture book. 9-12)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780747535591
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
  • Publication date: 3/1/2001
  • Series: Children's Classic Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 12.14 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)