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The Fir Tree

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In words and illustrations, these classic tales are presented as never before. The unabridged texts are elegantly designed and interpreted by world renowned illustrators. Roberto Innocenti, Michael Hague, Etienne Delessert and many others have contributed to this lasting collection.

As Graphis magazine said of these books, "They are gifts of love from the creators. And without a doubt give new life to children's literature".

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Overview

In words and illustrations, these classic tales are presented as never before. The unabridged texts are elegantly designed and interpreted by world renowned illustrators. Roberto Innocenti, Michael Hague, Etienne Delessert and many others have contributed to this lasting collection.

As Graphis magazine said of these books, "They are gifts of love from the creators. And without a doubt give new life to children's literature".

A little fir tree realizes too late that it did not appreciate the grand moments of life, such as being a Christmas tree, while they were happening.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The little fir tree wants to be bigger, it wants to be a tall ship's mast or someone's Christmas tree. Finally it gets its wish and becomes a Christmas tree, only to be discarded, abused and eventually burned to ashes. Always it remembers its happier days in the forest and its one glorious night as a Christmas tree. The moral is: be happy with what you have. 1990 (orig.
School Library Journal
Andersen's strange tale of remembrance and regret hardly seems likely holiday fare for children. A small fir tree longs to grow and is never happy with his lot although the wind and the sunbeams tell him to be happy in his youth. Finally, the fir is chopped for a Christmas tree and revels in the celebrations. But in the spring when the brittle tree is hauled down from the attic and put in the bonfire, he realizes too late, ``if only I had been happy when I could.'' Using a variety of watercolor washes, chalk overlays, and fine line, Watts reinforces the storyline, but even her frequent use of yellow and orange cannot warm up this bleak story that suggests to adults that youth is wasted on the young.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781482788082
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 3/16/2013
  • Pages: 26
  • Sales rank: 253,899
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen

SANNA ANNUKKA is a half Finnish, half English illustrator and print maker. She spent many childhood summers in Finland, and the forests, lakes and wildlife of the region remain a constant source of inspiration. Her work combines nature, childhood memories and her love of storytelling and folklore. In 2006, Sanna's work was spotted by British band Keane which led to a collaboration on their second million selling album Under the Iron Sea. Her client list includes Universal Island Records, British Vogue, Apple/iTunes and Marimekko. Alongside commissioned work Sanna has her own company, developing her own brand of self-styled products. She is currently expanding her product range from limited edition prints on paper to printed textiles, wooden products and jewellery. The Fir Tree is her first book.

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN was born in Odense, in 1805. The son of a cobbler and a washerwoman, he didn't start school until he was seventeen. He became famous for his fairy tales, including classics such as The Ugly Duckling and The Snow Queen. The Fir Tree was published in 1845. When he died aged 70, the king and crown Prince of Denmark attended his funeral.

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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