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Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  5,061 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Includes 127 Tales, among which: A Story, The Angel, Anne Lisbeth, The Conceited Apple-Branch, Beaty of Form and Beauty of Mind, The Beetle Who Went On His Travels, The Bell, The Bell-Deep, The Bird of Popular Song, The Bishop of Borglum and His Warriors, The Bottle Neck, The Butterfly, A Cheerful Temper, The Child in the Grave, Children's Prattle, The Farm-Yard Cock and t ...more
Published November 8th 2008 by Project Gutenberg (first published January 1st 1869)
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Kathleen Galvin
My copy of this book was handed down to me by my Father. It is an ancient book with brown pages and a missing dust jacket. It looks like it was printed in the 40’s but I can’t be sure because the book does not contain a verso.

The first tale is that of the stork and in keeping with the theme of the book is undeniably sweet, but also twisted. There are definitely morals behind each and every tale, but not all the morals are ones I necessarily share. Possibly because of their heavily Christian unde
Koen Crolla
It's a good idea to go back and reread fairy tales as an adult, because they tend to have dimensions that go over a child's head, or different endings that were bowdlerised for the children's edition. Many of them are just good stories, and fantastic in a way that modern literature rarely is. This collection probably isn't the best choice to go back to, though.
If you're looking for fairy tales in general, Andersen is probably a worse choice than Grimm or Perrault to begin with, because so many o
Mily Cruz

8th pick from this year’s TBR challenge
I read Hans Christian Andersen on my iPad, Macsimus Tango. That means that the book listed here isn't the exact book that I read since I read Gutenberg's version, which is a collection of only a few dozen of the fairy tales. I put this book on my virtual bookshelf because this is the book that I put on my actual bookshelf since I ordered a version of the complete fairy tales from Amazon. My opinion is that if you read an important author then you should own all of the important works and you sho ...more
Anderson, H.C. (1995). Fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson. New York: Viking.

A compilation of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales, including: The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Wild Swans, The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Shadow, It’s Perfectly True!, Grief, Father’s Always Right, and The Snowman. There is an Introduction by Neil Philip, who details some of Hans Christian Anderson’s life and comments son a few of his
I read this mostly as a must read. Was amazed at how much of literature is based in these and other tales. Also, how through the years the stories have changed. The "Little Mermaid" for example ends quite differently from the Disney version. This version brings to mind messages paying the ultimate price for disobeying a father, for wanting to explare and go outdside of known community-- Not in the beauty and empowerment of following ones own path or the strength of true love.

Also many many fair
Hans Christian Anderson is one man who always makes me child again. His stories take me to a world full of magic and fairies and princesses and princes! I have read these stories as a child. I still have the same affection for those stories. Thumbelina is my all time favorite. I had an opportunity to visit the small Danish town in CA in Winter of 2009. They have a small library devoted to Hans Anderson. It was wonderful to sit in the presence on the man whom I will always love and cherish as the ...more
Sheetal Dash
I have always been a fan of the original versions of fairy tales, so I picked this book up a few years ago, just to read for myself. A few weeks ago my six year old found it hidden among my millions of other books, and asked me to read it to her. While easy to read silently, it is a bit hard to get into the rythm of the wording at first, but after stumbling through a few paragraphs, it becomes much easier to handle.Unlike The Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen wrote all his ow ...more
Really a fantastic collection of stories overall. I love a good fairytale, even it it doesn't end happily ever after, which many of these do not. A few of them were less interesting to me, hence the 4 stars, but overall I really enjoyed picking up this book now and then and reading a tale or two at a time in the evening to end the day. Anderson writes beautifully and weaves some really lovely tales together in this collection.
Nenad Nesic
Finalna lista pročitanih bajki:

1. Snežna kraljica
2. Princeza na zrnu graška
3. Carevo novo odelo
4. Palčica
5. Kresivo
6. Postojani olovni vojnik
7. Mali Klaus i veliki Klaus
8. Cveće male Ide
9. Saputnik
10. Mala sirena
11. Leteći kovčeg
12. Ružno pače
13. Jelka
14. Crvene cipelice
15. Devojčica sa šibicama
16. Divlji labudovi
17. Rode
18. Ole Lukoje
19. Sneško


7. Najbrutalnija i radi se o tome kako mali Klaus nadmudruje velikog Klausa.
8. Slatka priča o maštarijama devojčice. Da li sanja da cveće igra ili
This edition, translated by Lucas and Paull and illustrated by Szyk is for me the quintessential experience of Andersen's Tales. Some reviewers seem to be commenting on other editions and these vary considerably conveying more or less magical, compelling effect depending (of course) on translation but also illustration. Anyway, this is the very same book that kept me up nights when I first began reading to myself, especially The Red Shoes, The Snow Queen, The Marsh King's Daughter. Re-reading th ...more
Jessica Day
I'll be honest, I picked up Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales more out of lust for the cover as opposed to the urge to read its content. Still, I have been trying to read more classics lately so I figured I would give the collection of fairy tales a go. Surprisingly fairy tales can be exhausting. Some of Andersen's stories were hard to follow (probably in part due to my disinterest) while others were far more detailed and meaningful. I found myself clinging to some of my old favorites (The Little Merm ...more
Batgrl (Book Data Kept Elsewhere)
There are a LOT of versions of Andersen's collected fairy tales - I had no idea when I first started on this. Kindle has it here. Or try the same version here on Gutenberg. I may have miscounted but I think there are about 127 stories in this collection.

This should be interesting in that I've only read the very popular Andersen fairy tales, and not anything more. So most of these stories will be completely new to me. I'm also ready to pick this up and set it aside at times, because from what I r
This collection contains forty of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales. It begins with “The Princess and the Pea” and “Thumbelina” and concludes with “The Book of Fairy Tales.” Well-known favorites such as “The Snow Queen,” “The Wild Swans,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “The Little Mermaid” are intermingled with less well-known stories such as “The Shadow” and “The Fir-Tree.” Neil Philip’s introduction gives the reader a sense of who Hans Christian Anderson was ...more
Alp Turgut
Ezop ve La Fontaine'in ardından hemen sonra akla gelen Hans Christian Andersen'in "Seçme Masallar"ı yazarın en önemli masallarının harika bir çeviriyle bir arada toplandığı bir koleksiyon parçası niteliğinde. Sonu kötü biten masalları nedeniyle çocuklardan çok yetişkinlere hitap eden masalların çoğunu bazılarını küçükken defalarca duyduk belki, ama okudukça yine aynı etkiyi yaptığını söylemeliyim. Başta "Çirkin Ördek Palazı", "Dayanıklı Kurşun Asker" ve "Kibritçi Kız" masalları olmak üzere insan ...more
Mary Lou
This book was a gift from a relative who had travelled to Denmark, to my ill sister when she was 8 years old in 1960. I was unpleasantly surprised when I finally dusted it off and sat down to read the tales written by this master story-teller. Even the "good" stories that I knew and liked from other sources (notably, the wonderful Danny Kay film) were told badly. Most were scary, violent and never redeemed themselves with any kind of moral. Take "The Tinder-Box" which glorifies greed, theft, and ...more
Enjoyable fairytales ranging from The Little Mermaid to The Ugly Duckling.

The stories are told with more meaning than current fairytales. Be good and be rewarded or be bad and receive some form of wrath.

The fairytales varied in range but overall they were lovely; even the sad ones. There was a beauty to them all. Anderson could paint a canvas with his words and it's easy to see why he is still read and renowned today.
Dan Ashley
No doubt Andersen was a writer of the finest degree, but beyond how good his grammar was, I was quickly bored by tales no longer than three or four pages. This pretty much sums up early childhood to me. The ideas were all good when they were fresh in memory, but beyond that?

I now see why fairy tales were used to send children to sleep. Coma inducing!
I really like these stories. Anderson made all the classic stories, like The Little Mermaid, The Girl Who Stepped On A Loaf, Thumbelina, and The Little Matchstick Girl. I really liked these stories because they aren't your disney stories. For example, The Little Mermaid. She didn't give up her voice, the witch cut out her tongue. Every time she took a step, she felt as if knives were piercing her feet. The prince treated her like a little dog, and when he was married, he just said "If you loved ...more
Sandeep Ellawala
I must say that the reason why I wanted to buy this book was so that I could learn a story or two I can recite back to someone, to draw a world of fantasy in front of their eyes. The only story within this book that lived up to expectations was "The Snow Queen". The rest of the book felt like reading poorly written snippets from plots that could have evolved into making sense.
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This collection of fairy tales is wondrous. The scope is incredibly wide. Most of the stories are dark but the raw emotion that seeps through the words is so pure. Andersen was a storyteller in every sense of the word.
Lara Rouse
These are absolutely amazing. I never realized how mind-opening fairy tales could be. People associate fairy tales with Disney princesses and happy endings, but not is so limiting and untrue. Fairy tales remind me of science fiction in the freedom of it.
These short tales are really worth reading if you're a fan of the film adaptations. They're not the same, but it's nice to see where the stories came from.
Erica Hasselbach
Although Disney has made many of Andersen's fables famous, this book helps to show his true fables without the happy ending, which is refreshing.
John Yelverton
A collection of some of the greatest fairy tales and children's stories of all time. It should almost be required reading.
Recuerdo que en mi niñez, mi abuela me regaló este libro. Extrañamente, La Sirenita fue mi preferido de entre todos.
I probably wouldn't have read this book if it didn't have the Snow Queen in it. A buddy of mine recommended that particular story to me for reasons beyond the scope of the review, and my wife owns the collection.

I'm glad I read it, though, as it was interesting to read the original versions of a lot of stories that I was more or less familiar with. Other stories were new and very likeable, whereas a few of them seemed to not have any purpose.

All told, I'll probably only go back to read it when I
Maureen Barnes
I read them all and they always mean different things to different people
Serafina Kurniadi
its a must read story for all childrens around the globe.
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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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“We have not immortal souls, we shall never live again; but, like the green sea-weed, when once it has been cut off, we can never flourish more. Human beings, on the contrary, have a soul which lives forever, lives after the body has been turned to dust. It rises up through the clear, pure air beyond the glittering stars. As we rise out of the water, and behold all the land of the earth, so do they rise to unknown and glorious regions which we shall never see.” 4 likes
“Her tender feet felt as if cut with sharp knives, but she cared not for it; a sharper pang had pierced through her heart.” 3 likes
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