Tales of Hans Christian Andersen: Candlewick Illustrated Classic
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 1958)
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Apr 05, 2014 Melissa Mcavoy rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
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.
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 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who loves fairy tales
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.
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...moreMore about Hans Christian Andersen...