A Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen
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, 528 pages
Published 1974 by Nelson Doubleday
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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.
Hans Christian Andersen, or simply H.C. Andersen, was a Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Among his best-known stories "The Snow Queen", "The Little Mermaid", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Ugly Duckling". During Andersen's lifetime he was feted by royalty and acclaimed as having brought joy to children across Europe. His fairy tales have been translated into well over...moreMore about Hans Christian Andersen...