Thumbelina and Other Fairy Tales

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This delightful selection of stories by one of the classic masters of the genre includes some well-known and lesser known tales, presented in lively Naxos AudioBooks style with music and sound effects.

This recording is also unique in that the stories are read by the finalists in the Naxos AudioBooks/ The Times Voice of the Year competition which offered a recording opportunity to talented readers who had never studied or worked professionally....

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Overview

This delightful selection of stories by one of the classic masters of the genre includes some well-known and lesser known tales, presented in lively Naxos AudioBooks style with music and sound effects.

This recording is also unique in that the stories are read by the finalists in the Naxos AudioBooks/ The Times Voice of the Year competition which offered a recording opportunity to talented readers who had never studied or worked professionally. The competition produced some outstanding natural talents as this recording shows!

Music: From the Naxos catalogue

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Gr 2-6-An enjoyable collection of stories by Hans Christian Andersen are read by finalists in the 2004 Voice of the Year competition. The contestants were required too have no formal drama training or professional acting experience. The backgrounds of the male and female readers ranged from business communications, classroom teacher, student, and legal director to stand-up comedian. The range of reading techniques here is fascinating and will hold listeners' attention. For example, Eleanor Buchan employs very proper British pronunciations in her reading of "Thumbelina," with a minimal amount of variety in pace or pitch to differentiate characters. Paul Rew, on the other hand, differentiates each character by the pitch and timber of his voice in "The Flying Trunk." "The Brave Tin Soldier," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Butterfly," "The Flea and the Professor," "The Metal Pig," "The Storks," "The Silver Shilling," and "The Nightingale" round out this collection. Each unabridged story opens with a piano selection that sets the tone for the tale. Sound effects, including rain and cannons, are used appropriately. An outstanding recording of terrific stories, wonderfully told.-Stephanie Bange, Wilmington-Stroop Branch, Dayton Metro Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789626343357
  • Publisher: Naxos of America, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Junior Classics Ser.
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 2 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.52 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

Hans Christian Andersen 1805-1875

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest story-tellers, the most widely popular of Danish authors, was born April 2, 1805, in Odense in Funen. The son of a poor shoemaker, after his father’s death he worked in a factory, but his wonderful singing soon procured him friends and patrons. He early displayed a talent for poetry. Hoping to obtain an engagement in the theatre, he found his way to Copenhagen, but was rejected for his lack of education. He next tried to become a singer, but soon found that his physical qualities were quite unfitted for the stage. Generous friends, however, helped him; and application having been made to the king, he was placed at an advanced school. Some of his poems, particularly The Dying Child, had already been favourably received, and he now became better known by his Walk to Amak, a literary satire in the form of a humorous narrative. In 1830 he published the first collected volume of his Poems, and in 1831 a second under the title of Fantasies and Sketches. A travelling pension, granted him by the king in 1833 bore fruit in his Travelling Sketches of a tour in the north of Germany; Agnes and the Merman, completed in Switzerland; and The Improvisatore, a series of scenes inspired by Rome and Naples. Soon afterwards he produced O.T. (1836), a novel containing vivid pictures of northern scenery and manners, and Only a Fiddler (1837). Many more works might be mentioned, but it is such fairy tales as, ‘The Tin Soldier,’ The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ’The Tinder Box,’ and ‘The Goloshes of Fortune’ that have made him a household divinity throughout the nurseries of the civilised world. He died in Copenhagen 4th August 1875.

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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