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The Little Mermaid and Other Tales

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  376 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This collection of fairy stories by one of the genre's most celebrated figures brings together 27 classic tales including The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Matchgirl, The Tinderbox, A Real Princess, The Flying Trunk, Oli Lockeye and Danish Holger.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Hippocrene Books (first published 1837)
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Alyson Brooke
Absolute perfection. Reading The Little Mermaid is one of those stories where, upon its completion, you just hold it to your chest and whisper "oh my god" as you try to take it all in. Every line is perfect. It is tragic in a way, but tragedy is beautiful. It's so much more raw and real than happily ever after. I think everyone needs to read it. Honestly.
Kathleen
These are the real fairy tales and not all of them end up happy ever after. Sometimes things do not always work out as we had hoped. Still Hans Christian Andersen was a wonderful story teller and I love his work.
Gale
DANISH MASTER STORYTELLER STILL TOUCHES THE HEART

Over the decades I have enjoyed many HCA fairy tales--considering them a gift to childlike hearts the world over. Many excellent illustrators have chosen individual stories to depict, thus capturing the imagination of readers of all ages. Still I must admit to being disappointed by this Harper anthology which is not all inclusive. The tales vary in length from rather long to absurdly short--not that length alone proves a valid yardstick for liter...more
Julia Brumfield
Hans Christian Andersen is not one of my favorite fairytale compilers but I cannot say he isn't the worse one there is either. Hans makes sure that you are given with plenty of details to immerse you in the stories and makes you feel that you are all the way there with the characters whether you are trying to pick nettles, bargaining with a sea sorceress or being shot from a peashooter.

These are the real fairy tales - the ones that aren't doctored for young minds - and since so many are grueso...more
Libby
Very detailed, exciting... I believe Hans Christian Andersen was a true author of great work and should be remembered as so. I honestly feel Disney's the Little Mermaid almost insulted Hans masterpiece, the true 'Little Mermaid." Disney disgraced the work of Hans Christian Andersen, and I believe that The little mermaid tale that should be remembered is that of which Hans wrote.
Jorge Antonio Olvera Mateos
Excellent. A tale about the true love. The little mermaid really knew what was love. The Andersen´s tale is better that the Disney´s movie. In the movie (of Disney) the main message is changed. I prefer to read many times The Little Mermaid, but Andersen´s version, the original.

I hope to know someday to my Little Mermaid... but also I hope that she is not became in foam!
Penny Bollockia
I gave this book four stars instead of five because I didn't enjoy every tale, only a few. The ones I did like are very good, although today's children may find these difficult to follow since they were written for youngsters from a century ago.
Elizabeth
Mar 23, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes fairy tales or needs a way to calm the kids down.
Recommended to Elizabeth by: My brother, Richard Johansen
The Little Mermaid and other tales is a collection of wonderful classic fairy tales in teir untouched form. My favorite stories are The little Mermaid, The Little Match Girl, and The Rose Elf. All rolled (with more) into one must-have collection.
Nichole
This is the depressing closer to the original version with religious overtones! Sweet! Keep Victorian ideals out of your kid's fairy tales with this copy! (I am not even being sarcastic really).
Laurie Monahan
These are the original fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and much darker without all happy endings like the disney versions. But love the emporers clothes and the princess and the pea.
Sara
This is such a great book my favorite part of the book was the story of the Little Mermaid even though I still prefer Disney's version way much better.
Charlotte
Surprised to find that the real version of this story does not end happily ever after. Worried about which other stories disney has adulterated.
Hope
Beautiful story and enchanting descriptions. I would definitely read this again!
Erin
did not finish. i didn't feel the stories were appropriate for my children.
Cassie
I loved the detail and simplicity in all of these stories. Great fairy tales!
Jessica
Dec 03, 2007 Jessica rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children
Hah hah! Only kidding. This story is waaaaaay too disturbing for children!
Jonathan
So eclectic, so unexpected, so visionary!
laaya
I like it. and I read it stm.
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn̩]; 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 them...more
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breathe the same air as he, or look out over the deep sea and up into the star-blue heaven. A dreamless,
eternal night awaited her, for she had no soul and had not been able to win one.”
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