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Fairy Tales

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A bicentennial publication by an award-winning translator features thirty of Andersen's tales including "The Tinderbox," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The Little Mermaid," in a volume complemented by the writer's paper-cut illustrations.
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published 2004 by Penguin Classics
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Ely (Tea & Titles)
Aug 31, 2015 Ely (Tea & Titles) rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
There are some of these that I really, really liked - The Little Mermaid and The Wood Nymph, for example. There were others that just fell flat for me.
Ashleigh
Dec 12, 2010 Ashleigh rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, childrens, 2010
This book was just beautiful on so many levels, I'd honestly forgotten what amazing stories that Andersen had written. I'd heard many of them as a child, slightly paraphrased to miss out all the blood, guts, gore and the like but a few of the stories in this book were stories from when I was very young and I more than appreciated them.

My favourites were the same as they'd always been, The Ugly Ducking, The Princess and the Pea and The Emperor's New Clothes. However there were a few new ones I fo
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Kathleen Maher
Apr 30, 2013 Kathleen Maher rated it it was amazing
I reread Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales every few years. I especially enjoyed this translation and the illustrations, which are reprints of paper cut-out HCA made. They don't refer to the stories directly--or perhaps once again my perception has proved too narrow.
Among my earliest memories are my parents reading these fairy tales to my sisters and me. We usually cried at the endings. When I read them to my daughter, she never cried. Instead, at three- and four-years-old, she said if the
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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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