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Tales of Hans Christian Andersen: Candlewick Illustrated Classic

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Hans Christian Andersen called his life a fairy tale - rising from the obscurity of the slums to become one of the most famous men in the world. But, as Naomi Lewis points out in her introduction, "fairy tales also have their darker side". In life, Andersen was plagued by self-doubt, financial insecurity and toothache, just as the protagonists of his stories had to face te ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 1930)
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Kristina Wojtaszek
Story by story, I read this collection to my boys, and it was an infinitely richer experience than reading the more popular, shorter and highly adapted versions of Andersen's classics, not to mention the stories that aren't as well known, but should be. This was the first time I'd read the Goblin and the Grocer, and it was stunning. The illustrations are perfect-- magical, eerie and heart warming all at once. I highly recommend pairing this with episodes of the Danish TV series The Fairytaler, b ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2015 Simon Wojtaszek rated it really liked it
The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen were far better than you expected them to be! You didn't wrinkle your nose up at The Little Mermaid ("a girl's story") for long-- there were so many elements you loved about it, like how each sister had to wait until she was 15 to go to the surface, like you are constantly going over when you can do things at what age, like learning to drive, and the frightening power of the sea witch, the pain the little mermaid suffered and the dire choices she had to make ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
I love this collection of Hans Christian Anderson. Of all the versions of his tales I've seen this one stands out for it's elegant writing, the fact that it retains the strangeness of real fairy tales, and its excellent, non-sacharine illustrations. These are not sanitized versions, they are weird and full of unique details. I particularly love the hot hut near the end of the Snow Queen. A great read aloud and lots of fun for adult reading on a stormy night.
Jul 30, 2013 Marlee rated it it was amazing
The stories in this book are lovely and captivating for all ages. For those who haven't read some of these stories, but have seen disneys movie version, the actual stories may be quite surprising, especially the end. Some of the stories are sad or violent. They are all interesting. Some are surprisingly funny as well. I read these stories with my children, and they both enjoyed them as well. Some of them we read over and over again.
Mar 28, 2012 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice translation of Andersen's tales, with interesting intros to each story about its history and place in Western culture. I loved the illustrations, especially of the dog with eyes as big as teacups (who reminded me of Tock) and the Ice Queen with her stalactites of ice on her head. Logan didn't think much of them though. He likes things to be a little "cuter" and not distorted.
Apr 15, 2010 Starbubbles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fairy tales
Shelves: kid-lit
there's background information, and has very good translations for the stories. i focused on the mermaid story. it was fun reading the real story, and seeing how it compared to the movie.
Jul 18, 2015 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hans Christian Andersen Tales Illustrated by Gustav Hjortlund. Copyright 1978 Published in co-operation with Hans Christian Andersen Museum, Odense.
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Hans Christian Andersen (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 themes that transcend age and nationalit ...more
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