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The Nightingale

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Once upon a time . . . Those words conjure up the aura of timeless children's stories, the kind of tales told in our comprehensive line of Children's Classics. Accompanied with exquisite illustrations specially commissioned for this line, each book is a hardcover, elegant little treasure with a deluxe four-color bronzed jacket. At $6.95, they are an affordable answer for f...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published January 1st 1898)
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Ahmad
سیاحانی که به مرکز امپراطوری چین میرسند، سخن از پرنده خوش آوازی میکنند که نظیر ندارد، امپراطور چین با خود میگوید: «دنیا بهتر از خود من می‌داند که صاحب چه هستم!»، و این سرآغاز تلاش برای یافتن و آوردن آن یگانه به کاخ می‌شود، تا در حضور امپراطور نیز نغمه‌سرایی کند. نغمه بلبل اشک بر چشمان امپراطور می‌نشاند. به بلبل نشان و هدیه‌ای زرین اعطا می‌شود. بلبل نمی‌پذیرد، میگوید: «اشک‌های شما ‌ارزنده‌ترین پاداش من بود.» آوازۀ بلبل فراگیر می‌شود. درباریان، او را با ده‌ها بند ابریشمین، به بند می‌کشند، و به او...more
Sam
This fairy tale book is about a beautiful bird called a nightingale that lives in China. The emperor of China read that the loveliest of all things in China was the voice of the nightingale. So the emperor demanded that he hear this wonderful voice and told his people to find him the nightingale. Once they found the nightingale she sang such a beautiful song that it made everyone so happy that the emperor demanded that it stay in a cage in the palace. One day the Japanese emperor sent a bird tha...more
Brennan Wieland
This story tells of a bird that has the most beautiful song in the whole kingdom. One day, the emperor hears of this bird and ask for it to sing for him. The bird happily agrees and sings for the emperor. The emperor decides to cage the bird and have him sing for him day and night, only letting him out to fly when he is attached to a sort of leash. Still, the emperor is unhappy because of the bird's bland color. They have a much more colorful bird built that replaces that nightingale.

The mechan...more
Timothy Luken
I could not find the edition I read with Lisbeth Zwerger as the illustrator so I am using this edition to write my review.

I was not a huge fan of this traditional picture book. I loved the story, but it is laid out extremely poorly. It tells the story of the Ancient Chinese Emperor looking for the beautiful Nightingale, whose songs brings tears to the eyes of all who hear it. However, this Nightingale has competition with a fact beautiful replica of the original, but in the end the Emperor with...more
Jessi G
"The Nightingale," by Hans Christian Anderson, was my second easy to read traditional book. This is an excellent book, because it addresses authentic beauty, life lessons, and appearances. The lessons that it addresses are traditional lessons that every child should both read about and learn. The book brings the reader to the land of China and the demands of the Chinese emperor. When he heard about a beautiful nightingale, the emperor demanded that the bird be brought to the palace. Many were su...more
Valerie
I'm pretty sure this is not the edition I read, and I may never have seen this story as a standalone.

There seem, indeed, to be several different versions, though all have common elements. And different people take different lessons from the story.

I always felt kind of sorry for the mechanical nightingale. I would like to have some sort of magical ending--a sort of Velveteen Rabbit miracle, in which the mechanical nightingale becomes a real bird, and the two birds happily sing duets together, wit...more
Phuong Dao
This book is about an emperor who lives in the palace and never see the outside world. One day when he heard the hardener told him that there was nightingale who sing very nicely, he order his servant to search for the nightingale. They finally find the bird and the bird sing to the king everyday. One day the Japanese emperor came and gave him a wire nightingale, he like it so much he forget about the real one. When the wire nightingale broke he was sad and sick, so the real nightingale came bac...more
Bethe
So sad this beautiful version of Hans Christian Anderson's story is not available. Pinkney sets his version in Morocco. Love this traditional tale, read it along with the fabulous Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin.
Morgan
I loved this story so much! It has an important moral of learning to value natural beauty above mechanized dazzle, which I feel like children should know about because these days guys seem more attracted to girls with a lot of make-up on and girls feel like they need to put on a lot of make-up to impress girls, but that isn't true. Therefore, this story helps children realize that natural beauty is more important to people rather than all this make-up. This is a great book and I would highly rec...more
Connie
This story seems to me to hew very closely to what I remember of the original Nightingale by Andersen... but then, I don't have it directly in front of me to compare. Regardless, the only big change I see is moving the setting to Morocco instead of China (which is just as well, China was only chosen as a shorthand for "far away and mysterious", and who doesn't know all about China by now?) and having a "Fixer-of-all-Things" instead of a clockmaker.

The illustrations are colorful and lovely, and t...more
Lisbeth Solberg
I've always loved this one, so I treated myself to this edition with its pretty pictures and fairly faithful translation. I think Yeats must have read this before he wrote "Sailing to Byzantium." Andersen had gained a reputation in his own lifetime. I mentioned this idea to my Modern Poets teacher who was not familiar with this fairytale. But look at these lines from Yeats:

...such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enameling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a gol
...more
Rachelle
I liked it...it just ended weird.
Meghan Erena
This story is a touching story that teaches to appreciate and value what you have. For young readers, the ending may not leave them with a happy feeling. The story does a great job, however, of incorporating a moral lesson without making it so obvious that the students will be disinterested with it. For readers who are mature enough to be patient with this plot and handle the somewhat sad ending, this story is a great choice.
Annie
Amazing book and story; illustrations in this particular one are outstanding. A must read for any child :)
Sarah
One of his lesser known of his fairy tales but none less enthralling and well worth the short read.
Brenda
I think this story was s much about keeping a bird in a gilded cage, then anything else, unless you count trying to replace something God made (bird) with something man-made (mechanical bird). I really enjoyed this story.
Ali Werner
This plain little nightingale sang the most beautiful songs that even the king requested to meet the bird. The king replicates the bird with a mchanical bird and soon forgets about the beautiful sounding nightingale.
Becky
Nov 27, 2007 Becky added it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: K-4, those who like to pore over pictures
I mostly wanted to make sure I got an entry from this artist on my "favorite illustrations" list. His work is delicate, detailed, and gorgeous. In this book, he is faithful to the style of ancient Chinese scrolls.
Nohely


This is my favorite story of Hans Christian Andersen. Defenetly my number one. The story was simply beautiful and it had a wonderful message that we should all apply to our daily lives.
Deb
Good book. I got from this book mircales in music, hope, restoration and faithfulness. Believing again is a good thing for both children and adults.
Cheryl
Beautiful intricate oriental images by Nancy Ekholm Burkert accompany the re-telling of this fairytale. Definitely enjoyed it.
Ann Han
Poor Nightingale...It's real kind-hearted!And....the king,he is a little bit mean,I think!
Laura Hawking
This is a lovely translation of Andersen’s classic. The illustrations are beautiful.
Heloyce
Hans Christian Andersen would love having Jerry Pinkney illustrate his tales.
Sierra Chavez
about the power of nature. The bird singing bring back the life of the emperor
Sarah
Dec 20, 2012 Sarah added it
Very creative little stories, quite sad at times but also very beautiful
Shannon
Merry Christmas 1988 from Aunt Chrissy, Uncle Jay, Amanda, Katie, and Sarah
John Yelverton
Such a wonderful and sweet story by a master storyteller.
Mahonia
Beautifully sentimental. I love his stories so much
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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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