Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

H. C. 1805-1875 Andersen

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Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press 2004.
1st U.S. ed
Physical Description
207 p. : ill
Main Author
H. C. 1805-1875 Andersen (-)
Other Authors
Joel Stewart (illustrator)
  • The princess and the pea
  • The tinderbox
  • Thumbelina
  • The emperor's new clothes
  • The little mermaid
  • The steadfast tin soldier
  • Wild swans
  • The flying trunk
  • The ugly duckling
  • The nightingale
  • The snow queen
  • The little match girl
  • The goblin at the grocer's.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Gr. 4-6, younger for reading aloud. This big, splendidly appointed volume of 13 stories, almost all of them well known, honors the Danish storyteller in form as well as content. Stewart's muted artwork (a mix of large, full-color images and smaller, often sepia-toned decorations) elegantly reflects the qualities of beauty, tragedy, and farce found in the stories. At the same time, many of the images, such as the grotesque witch in the "Tinderbox," whose "lower lip hung down to her waist," suggest a taste for whimsy that Andersen surely would have applauded. Theatrical motifs can be glimpsed throughout, nodding to the writer's passion for staging miniature performances. Andersen scholar and translator Lewis has published versions of many of these same stories elsewhere, and her foreword and story introductions accessibly highlight Andersen's genius. Libraries looking for more on Andersen in anticipation of the two-hundredth anniversary of the author's birth should have no qualms about adding this noble collection to the shelves. ((Reviewed January 1 & 15, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A handful of fall books invite youngsters to gather 'round. Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, trans. by Naomi Lewis, illus. by Joel Stewart, reads like an ode to the writer himself. Lewis gives readers a brief history of the author's life and career, then introduces each of the included 13 stories with details older readers will relish, including first publication date, musings from Andersen about the writing of the tales, and the stories' place in fairy tale history. Stewart models his story openers on the toy theatre so intrinsic to the author's childhood, and full-bleed, full-page dramatic paintings sit alongside whimsical spot illustrations that add flair to each page. A few of the included tales are The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid and The Goblin at the Grocer's. Collectors and fans of Andersen's work will not want to overlook this anthology. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Offers readers an illustrated collection of well-known fairy tales by this celebrated author, including the "Pea and the Princess", "The Ugly Duckling," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," and more.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Offers thirteen illustrated fairy tales from the Danish author, and includes an introduction to the author and to each story.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Rediscover thirteen of Andersen's best-loved tales in this definitive edition — highlighted with introductions by an esteemed translator and illuminated with fanciful artwork from an acclaimed illustrator.Open the pages of this magnificent volume and enter the fairy-tale realm of Hans Christian Andersen! In a playful design that echoes Andersen's passion for miniature theaters, artist Joel Stewart depicts such well-known characters as the pea-sensitive Princess and the unclothed Emperor as actors on a timeless stage. Expert commentary by Naomi Lewis offers historical and biographical points of interest, revealing that "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" is the first fairy tale ever to feature a nonhuman hero (now a hallmark of children¹s literature) and that "The Ugly Duckling," considered Andersen's autobiography, is a tale he especially loved to read aloud. In thirteen of his most enduring tales, savor the singular voice of this literary giant — the "washerwoman's crazy son" who became one of the best-known storytellers of all time.