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The Nightingale

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,280 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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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
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
At a very young age I read The Nightingale and The Snow Queen, and they entangled themselves in my feelings and thoughts. For some time when I was quite small I could not remember reading them at all - they just worked as memories, but memories that gave me a strange sensation. This wasn't just a fairy tale, this was far more fascinating than Aesop or a Greek myth - there was what Tolkien called 'eucatastrophe', a moment of reconciliation and triumph in the midst of terrible sorrow.

Eventually I
Karly Winters
This is a fairytale-retelling book about a king who wants a nightingale in his court, but once he has it, forgets its value and then replaces the bird with a clock one. It isn’t until the clock is broken, and the king falls ill, so much so that people get ready to replace him that the nightingale comes back. The King then gets better and learns about the value of what he has, when he has it. This book is definitely different from most books that are normally associated with Hans Christian Anders ...more
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
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
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
The Reading Countess
Nightingale's Nest is a variation of Christian Andersen's classic tale-great to pair together for synthesis.
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
I liked 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.
One of his lesser known of his fairy tales but none less enthralling and well worth the short read.
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.

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.
The Nightingale is an Ancient Chinese tale about an enchanting bird that sings beautifully in the near forest, where the Emperor lives in his porcelain castle.
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.
Ann Han
Poor Nightingale...It's real kind-hearted!And....the king,he is a little bit mean,I think!
Sidharth Vardhan
Lesser known and somewhat strange story. However there are many beautiful parts.
Laura Hawking
This is a lovely translation of Andersen’s classic. The illustrations are beautiful.
Sierra Chavez
about the power of nature. The bird singing bring back the life of the emperor
John Yelverton
Such a wonderful and sweet story by a master storyteller.
Beautifully sentimental. I love his stories so much
Jul 26, 2007 Gina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone!
Beautiful book, and like all HCA stories, a little sad...
Cute story!
Great book
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