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One of the pleasures of being grown-up is to return to the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, and to find them as poignant and as richly entertaining as they were in childhood. Another adult pleasure is to take a child with you into Andersen's special world of dreamlike delights. Now treat yourself to both of these joyous reading experiences with an excursion through ...more
Hardcover, International Collectors Library, 528 pages
Published 1974 by Nelson Doubleday
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I'm in the habit of collecting classics and books of fairy tales, and I'm very glad that I was able to find this one. It's got 72 different tales in it, all of varying length. Some of the language (mostly names of people and places) can be difficult to pronounce because of its Dutch origin, but the tales are easy to follow, descriptive, and easy to imagine.

I've thought about how one day I might like to read some fairy tales to my children, and that's the only place I hesitate in this collection.
Nico and I tackled most of these 72 classic tales together -- well, I read and he listened, most of the time. :) It took us nearly half of the year of inconsistend bedtime story reading to complete, as Nico has his own ideas of what we should read before bedtime now. I believe I read aloud about 67 of the stories, but not the longest one (The Ice Maiden). Several of these classic stories I read in abbreviated or abridged versions in my youth, but not directly from the source. And there were seve ...more
Reminds me of my time spent with my Grandparents, my granddad now deceased and my Nana who's now 84. Eagerly running to the spare room, frantically searching for the extremely large hardcover book among all the worn, well-read, cast-off, garage sale paperbacks and Reader's Digest magazines. And there it would be. Lovingly open, and read cover to cover. Carefully place back on the shelve until the next time I would visit over the holidays. Memories.
Jessica Cooper
Apr 13, 2010 Jessica Cooper rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Absolutely adored this collection! Read a story each night at bedtime, except for the occasional stories that lasted several nights.
Great book! Not just for kids either. Anyone can enjoy fairy tales whether you're 5 or 95.
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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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