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The Red Shoes

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  591 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Have you ever wished for something so hard that you could think of nothing else? When Karen becomes entranced by a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes in a shop window, they fill her every thought and dream. One fateful day, she is able to buy the shoes for herself, only to learn later, as the shopkeeper tells her, to "be careful what you wish for, because it may come true ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Charlesbridge (first published April 7th 1845)
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From BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama:
Karen's heart is set on a pair of red shoes whose magic compels her to dance to her death.
El cuento lo conocemos todos (solo de oídas o por una versión en la que no pasa lo que realmente pasa o por la película o por lo que sea), pero leer la historia original en una edición tan bonita es un poco como volver a ser niño. Estar en la cama al anochecer y divertirte y aterrarte con una historia llena de imágenes hermosas. Quizá nuestros padres ya no quieran leernos cuentos antes de dormir, pero siempre podemos tomar su lugar y hacerlo nosotros mismos.
I am not sure whether to give this a three or a four stars, since I didn't really like some aspects of it, but it's creepiness really caught my attention. I think it is probably the most creepy of all of his stories that I have read.

I've only realized lately why I never "took" to Andersen's stories as a child. His stories (with a few exceptions) aren't really geared towards young children. Some of them are sweet, but not all of them would be the kind of fare I would be wanting to read to the ve
By the end the whole message of the story became a little confusing to me. The red shoes behaving like the devil's gift and the life saving grace of the angel. May be a little too overboard.

From what I understood, with this story Anderson was trying to send a few very controversial messages

--> Against the bent towards glamour and showbiz which had just started to grow when this was written

--> A propaganda for the church to make people come towards orthodox Christianity

--> Everyone, ch
Hm. I didn't like this as much as I thought I would! It seems to me there's a better story here than the one Andersen wrote. For some (obvious) reason, I'm reminded of a quote from ballerina Gelsey Kirkland's autobiography, Dancing On My Grave. A ballet teacher or someone had said to her, "Oh, it was lovely, Gelsey. But, you know, you didn't make me weep." This story didn't make me weep. I'd even say it lacked heart.

But, I still give him credit for the idea. If we didn't have the fairy tale, we
Angela Alcorn
Project Gutenberg has a free ebook and audiobook of a Hans Christian Andersen book with 18 fairy tales in it.

These are the stories in the Project Gutenberg files:
-- The emperor's new clothes
-- The swineherd
-- The real princess
-- The shoes of fortune
-- The fir tree
-- The snow queen
-- The leap-frog
-- The elderbush
-- The bell
-- The old house
-- The happy family
-- The story of a mother
-- The false collar
-- The shadow
-- The little match girl
-- The dream of little Tuk
-- The naughty bo
کارن، دختر یک کشاورز است. پس از مرگ مادرش توسط یک خانم پیر ثروتمند نگهداری می شود. او عاطل و باطل بزرگ می شود. در خانه ی پدری یک جفت کفش زمخت قرمز داشته و حالا از مادر خوانده اش می خواهد تا یک جفت کفش قرمز که مناسب شاهزاده هاست، برایش بخرد. کارن حتی برای رفتن به کلیسا هم کفش های قرمز را بپا می کند. تا این که مادر خوانده ی کارن بیمار می شود اما کارن او را تنها می گذارد و ترجیح می دهد با کفش های قرمزش به میهمانی برود و جلوه گری کند. سربازی مرموز متوجه ی کفش های قرمز و زیبای کارن می شود. کارن شروع ...more
The Treeman
A dark story about vanity. Wikipedia really summarizes the main point of H.C. Andersen's story:

"In many religions, vanity, in its modern sense, is considered a form of self-idolatry, in which one likens their self to the greatness of God for the sake of their own image, and thereby becomes separated and perhaps in time divorced from the Divine grace of God." (

I like the premise of the story although I think the punishment is a bit harsh.
I adored this short story by Hans Christian Anderson. It was a cute short story with an amazing theme that kept me interested in the story. It was a great story and I am quite surprised it is not one of the more well known Hans Christian Anderson tales. I would love to see another adaption of this story! Four out of five stars!
Whilst the Red Shoes was never a favorite of mine, I was strangely drawn to it as a child. I used to attend this Christian "Kidz Club" and they had a lot of the unabridged Hans Christian Andersen stories.
Whenever I got the chance I would read this one.

It centers on a young girl after her mother dies. She then gets fascinated by a pair of red shoes and simply must have them!
When she gets her wish, she dances like she never danced before! She dances so much in fact, that she regrets having the ba
This retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale is well done. It is the story of a girl who becomes obssessed with owning a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes with long silk ribbons. Her grandmother refuses to buy them, claiming they are not practical. Yet she thinks of nothing else and saves up all her money, until finally they are hers. However, the girl soon finds out the consequences of possessing the red shoes. The ending of the story has changed from the original---which was ...more
Creepy, although it starts out magically like most Anderson tales. Karen's entrance into the metaphysical realm is less clear, and the moralistic overtones of addiction equaling sin makes the story lose its charm.
One of my favorite classic books to read since I was a little girl. I've always loved Han's wise tale of the girl and her ballet shoes. It is what made me want to be a ballerina.
A tale of grief, splendor, vanity, and redemption. An interesting tale, the film adaptation is roughly based upon the original tale.
Nicole Yncera
The Children story The Red Shoes I think was a little much for children. It was a little complex and when the mother dies is sad and I think it is a little much for a small child . I understand that life is sometimes sad and children stories teach a lesson, but it should be like an animal getting hurt or something alone those lines not dying. I do believe that the idea was good it was just too much for children.
May 02, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2009, childrens, denmark, dance
This is a fascinating story and a epitomizes the saying, "Be careful what you wish for." The illustrations are gorgeous, and the shoemaker is especially creepy. I was afraid that it might be too scary for our girls, but they really liked it.
Jan 29, 2012 Angel added it
I was little when I read this book and it was scary for me as a little girl but now I know why I'm a different person. lol :)P.S what stinks was I was 5 and It was my B-Day.
Tiny Mendoza
Wow. Maybe the reason why the author wrote this was because it's purpose is to scare children? Lol. I liked it though! Be careful of what you wish for!
Mostafa Saad
"Well, now I have suffered and struggled enough! I really believe I am as good as many a one who sits in the church, and holds her head so high!"
A very dark story with a dark and powerful lesson. This story has left it's mark in my memory, to never be forgotten.
A classic Hans Christian andersen story about a young girl with a pair of red shoes.
Angela Ferrari
This was not my favorite book, but it does teach a lesson of wants and needs
A very short book. However the story and message were worth the message.
John Yelverton
A beautiful story that quite frankly scared my to death as a child.
Alaa Ezzeldin
I just don't like's not even suitable for children :(
I read the version that Chihiro Iwasaki illustrated.
Too scary for the kids !
Twisted and wonderful!
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn]; often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express theme ...more
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