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The Red Shoes

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  829 Ratings  ·  54 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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چه داستانی بود؟؟؟ از هانس کریستین اندرسن بعید بود!
فرشته ای که یه دختر بچه رو نفرین میکنه اون قدر خواهی رقصید تا تبدیل به اسکلت بشی، کفش هایی که خود به خود می رقصن و از پا در نمیان، مأمور اعدامی که با تبر پای دختر رو قطع می کنه، و کفش ها همچنان رقصان پای قطع شده دختر رو می برن به جنگل؟؟؟ کلبه وحشته؟؟ /-:

کارکرد قصه، مشخصاً ترسوندن بچه ها به منظور مطیع کردن شونه: یکی برای این که چیزهای تجملاتی نخوان، و یکی هم برای این که تکالیف دینی شون رو درست انجام بدن. ولى آقاى اندرسن، من از شما مى پرسم، اين راه
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
نمیدانم در مورد این داستان چه بنویسم!!! افسوس و صد افسوس از نام انسان که بر روی این نویسندۀ کوتوله شعور و امثال اوست... البته این داستان فرصتی به من می دهد تا اندکی برای شما بزرگواران بنویسم
دوستانِ خردگرا، داستان در مورد دخترِ کوچکی به نام «کارن» است... «کارن» به اندازه ای فقیر است که تنها برای زمستان کفش دارد... پس از مرگ مادرش «کارن» بی سرپرست میشود و زنی پولدار او را به فرزندی قبول میکند... سالها بعد برای او کفشی قرمز رنگ و زیبا می خرد... «کارن» باید برای مراسم چرت و موهوم و مسخره در کلیسا شر
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen
عنوان: کفشهای قرمز؛ نویسنده: هانس کریستین اندرسن؛ مترجم: مریم امامی؛ تهران، فکر برتر، 1382؛ در 12 ص؛ گروه سنی ب و ج؛ شابک: 9646979297؛
دختر کوچک و زیبایی بود که هیچوقت در موقع تابستان کفش به پا نداشت چون او خیلی فقیر بود و تنها در زمستان کفشهای چوبی بزرگب به پا میکرد که باعث میشد همیشه پشت پاهایش تاول بزند و ...؛ دختر «کارن» نام داشت؛
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Mar 31, 2012 Prashant rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, audio-book
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
Apr 27, 2016 Eman rated it did not like it
And Hans Christian Andersen had one more disturbing story to tell the little ones (even I am a grown up and was disturbed because the protagonist is supposed to be a little child). This is the worst I've ever read for the esteemed author, even worse than The Tinderbox. I didn't like the intimidating religious tone of The Red Shoes. If you want to send some kind of a message, then use your creativity in choosing a smarter way other than manipulating your way through a story intended for children, ...more
Sonia M
Sep 28, 2015 Sonia M rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Fiestas were not something respectable girls should attent those times. Does the main heroine want to dress in red and dance her heart along? She has to pay for it. Didn't like the moral of the story, which I think is based on the Old Testament where Jehova promises meat until it becomes loathsome to the Israelites (Numbers, 11) But I did like its magical atmosphere blended with a touch of macabre.
May 31, 2017 Dina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brutal como todo lo de Andersen. Debo decir que sinceramente me ha costado entender el castigo final y la moraleja del mismo...
Dec 29, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey
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.
Mekiah Johnson
Feb 03, 2017 Mekiah Johnson rated it really liked it
A good fairytale, quite dark but still good. 3 or 4 stars.
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
May 18, 2015 Deniss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Jan 28, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
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 Randall
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
Jan 19, 2017 Brennan rated it did not like it
dancing sends u to hell
Lör K.
I've always loved the story of The Red Shoes since I first heard the story when I was about four or five years old. I loved ballet as a child and I learned of the story in a ballerina book about the story. I read it and came to love the more abridged and less darker version of the story. It wasn't until earlier today that I was watching The Red Shoes (1948) with my mom did I remember this beautiful little story. I immediately searched for a copy online and ordered my own before finding an online ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
HC Andersen penulis yang sangat populer, saya yakin banyak yang sudah membaca cerita ini. Belakangan ini saya bahkan menemukan bahwa cerita ini menjadi ide film horor korea berjudul “Red Shoes”. Tidak banyak cerita anak anak yang bisa dijadikan ide cerita horor, tapi “sepatu merah” punya kontent yang cukup sesuai untuk itu.

Sepatu Merah sendiri bercerita tentang anak gadis bernama Karen, yang setelah ibunya meninggal diadopsi oleh seorang wanita kaya. Setelah menjadi anak orang kaya, dia menjadi
Jose García
La siguiente obra es una adaptación realizada por Emilio López para la editorial Sol 90 (Madrid, 2006), basada en la historia original de Hans Christian Andersen. Este famoso escritor y poeta danés es conocido por sus cuentos populares infantiles, el cual publicó su primera obra en 1827 (El niño moribundo). Además, muchas de sus creaciones han sido adaptadas posteriormente por la franquicia Disney (La sirenita, La Reina de las nieves y el patito feo). Cabe mencionar que está ilustrada por Rodrig ...more
Nov 21, 2012 Ali rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
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
I know Hans Christian Andersen is something of a “classic” author, and of course I’ve heard his name all my life, but I think the extent of my actual exposure to his writing has been basically one poor retelling of The Little Match Girl and an endless string of poorly illustrated versions of The Ugly Duckling. So reading The Red Shoes was an interesting cultural experience for me, if only to gain greater exposure to this renowned author. The story is certainly classic fairy tale material: morall ...more
Xinwen Xu
Feb 24, 2016 Xinwen Xu rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a deep memory. The character has strong features. The heroine lost her family when she was a kind, and she is adopted by a old woman. The old woman take care of her very well, and she often take the girl to church. The church just allow people put on black shoes, but the girl always put on red shoes, and she even told the old woman she put on the black shoes so many times. The old woman is a blind person, so she believe the girl's lie. Then the girl get the punishment, she wear ...more
A vile and vain socialite is obsessed with Christian Louboutin heels, with their red soles. She spends hours uploading filtered pics to her instagram account. In the end she becomes addicted to buying shoes and enhancing her figure through surgical procedures, and has to become a stripper at a local gentleman's club to finance her habit, where she must dance and gyrate constantly to a backing of hideous yet slick 90's pop hits.

Due to increasing foot problems from wearing heels 24/7 her feet hav
Aug 06, 2013 Somerandom rated it liked it
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
Apr 25, 2010 Katsumi rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
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
Eva Lucia
Apr 09, 2015 Eva Lucia rated it really liked it
Shelves: danish, 1800s, fairy-tale
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The Treeman
Dec 17, 2014 The Treeman rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 10, 2017 Talha rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Again, read it also in my intermediate English. Been a reader since my early childhood days, it didn't take me too long to realize the masterpiece of this story and reading about the sad life story of Hans Christian Andersen himself made me realize the hidden tragedy and pain behind those words. This masterpiece could have never come from a normal writer's pen and needed Anderson's painful life as prologue. Although a short story, but its deep for me.
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.
Sep 29, 2015 Robyn rated it it was amazing
This was my favourite story as a child, not because of the terror or religious themes. Maybe the book I read just had beautiful illustrations but I remember, every time reading it, feeling envious of Karen and then absolute pity. I so badly wanted a pair of silk red shoes, but I did not want them to be all I cared for.
Guess my 5 year old self understood the moral of the story before I knew what morals were.
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Hans Christian Andersen (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 themes that transcend age and nationalit ...more
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