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Cuentos de hadas

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,141 ratings  ·  110 reviews
«La vida en sí es el mejor cuento de hadas», dijo una vez Hans Christian Andersen, el hombre capaz de reconocer la magia en cuantas historias posaba los ojos. Bajo esta premisa relató por escrito más de ciento cincuenta vidas, erigiéndose como uno de los mejores contadores de cuentos de todos los tiempos y, durante generaciones, alimentando la tradición oral con ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published 2015 by Libros del Zorro Rojo
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Bionic Jean
Hans Christian Andersen once said, "Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale." And his life certainly was an extraordinary rags to riches story.

In all Hans Christian Andersen wrote 156 fairy tales, of which forty are in this luxury, large format edition, to represent the cream of the crop. It is a beautiful, sumptuous book, the semi-matt purple cover slightly textured and embossed, giving almost a "padded" feel. It has a feature reminiscent of medallions in old books; in this case an inset
Koen Crolla
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's a good idea to go back and reread fairy tales as an adult, because they tend to have dimensions that go over a child's head, or different endings that were bowdlerised for the children's edition. Many of them are just good stories, and fantastic in a way that modern literature rarely is. This collection probably isn't the best choice to go back to, though.
If you're looking for fairy tales in general, Andersen is probably a worse choice than Grimm or Perrault to begin with, because so many
You can find many versions of Hans Christian Anderson's Fairy Tales, many of which are free to download through the Gutenberg Project. The collection I read by H. C. Anderson was one of the earliest translations and contained some of the lesser known tales. It also included marvelous illustrations as did the original.

Each of these tales is complete with a moral for children and adults alike, something which often got lost in the retelling over the decades. That is why I like to go back as
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fairy-Tale Lovers / Young Readers Just Getting Going with Andersen
Hans Andersen: His Classic Fairy Tales, translated by Erik Haugaard, illustrated by Michael Foreman

This collection of eighteen fairy tales from the work of Hans Christian Andersen is taken from Erik Haugaard's 1973 translation, The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories , and is illustrated by noted English artist Michael Foreman. It is a companion volume to a similar collection of tales from the Brothers Grimm, also illustrated by Foreman, The Brothers Grimm: Popular Folk Tales .

These are stories
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard that Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale had a religious bent, but I didn’t fully appreciate that detail until I started reading Classic Fairy Tales. I lost track of the number of stories that more or less ended with: “And then the person found God. So he died because now he could go to heaven.”

And yes, I get that mortality was a much more central part of society at that point in history. But, well, death after some of the trials these characters overcame wasn’t much in the way of a
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, 2018
This is a collection of twelve of Andersen’s fairy tales translated by Naomi Lewis. Prior to reading this edition, I was familiar with six of the stories (“The Princess and the Pea,” “Thumbelina,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Snow Queen”). The other stories (“The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “The Nightingale,” “The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep,” “The Happy Family,” “The Goblin at the Grocers,” and “Dance, Dolly, Dance”) were to the best of my ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite enjoyable, particularly because you so clearly see how influential he was for so many others, from Isak Dinesen to Walt Disney. There's an intriguing range of style from sentimental to downright creepy, and the form is surprisingly loose, with a lot of "and that's the story, now go think about it" type endings. The question of audience is definitely of interest -- I can't really imagine giving this book to any of the small children I know. But then again, what do I know about what kids are ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really love the cover of this version by Puffin Classic. I got this book from OwlCrate Jr November box "CURSES". Hans Christian Andersen is well-known for his details in description of settings. Although some stories are a little bit slow paced and very simple in its form, the signature mark he left in each story is obvious. Most of his stories are fables and adventurous fantasy of children. I take some times to finish this book since I read three books at the same time this month. Two of them ...more
Nov 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far I've only read these tales:
The Emperor's New Clothes, The Happy Family, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Princess and the Pea, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Snow Queen (awefull!), The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling , The Goblin at the Grocer’s, The Shadow (good), It's perfectly true, grief, the snowman,the sandman, the jumpers, the tinderbox, the rose tree regiment, the naughty boy (funny), the swineherd, the little match girl, the wild
Angela Randall
Okay, I'm hoping these are the same stories as this edition holds.

Project Gutenberg has a free ebook and audiobook of a Hans Christian Andersen book with 18 fairy tales in it.

These are the stories in the Project Gutenberg files:
-- The emperor's new clothes
-- The swineherd
-- The real princess
-- The shoes of fortune
-- The fir tree
-- The snow queen
-- The leap-frog
-- The elderbush
-- The bell
-- The old house
-- The happy family
-- The story of a mother
-- The false collar
-- The shadow
Dennise Pendergrass
This is a great collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories. While I knew several of the stories, I had never sat down and read them. I was excited to read the stories I had never read, and especially the ones I had never heard of before. The Little Mermaid, and The Snow Queen in their original story lines were awesome. Everyone should read these at some point in their life. So many stories are inspired by these, it's amazing.
I liked some stories more than others, but overall I really like that they're all collected in one large volume like this. I will definitely be rereading some of these stories, but others I'll be skipping next go around. I also noticed that Hans has an affinity for snails, which is a little funny given the numerous things said about snails in the stories that were inaccurate.
Anna Ertl
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read most of this book a long time ago, as a child. I am re-reading it, with adult eyes. I loved all the adventures "Thumbelina" and "The Little Match Girl" are my favorites.
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
As an avid reader, you would think that I would be more familiar with classic fairy tales but really, this is my first experience reading Andersen's stories. After reading this collection, I do see, however, how they have helped shape classic movies and stories, as well as more recent retellings.

As with other collections of short stories, I think I will briefly discuss each one individually.

"The Princess and the Pea"
Of the stories in this collection, this one was the one I was probably the most
Steven A.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Grimm’s fairy tales, many of Han’s Christian Andersen’s tales are also not originally his own, but rather old Danish folk tales that he had heard over time and in his travels. Unlike the Grimm brothers’ tales, however, Andersen retold and rewrote the tales in his own words and style which probably made them more enjoyable to hear and read than the original stories. He also did tell and write many of his own tales often based on his own life and/or observations of the people and happenings ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Dnf page 269

We had to read certain stories out of the is for my storytelling class, but my intention was always to read the whole thing because I enjoy reading fairytales. However, people in my class read the stories from this book instead of reading Arabian Nights like it said on the syllabus, so the professor switched the book for that week and I ended up behind. I did try to finish reading it, but I didn’t have enough time with the craziness of the last few weeks of the semester. I had to
Edo Solomon
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it at age 35 and really enjoyed it.
Kirk Macleod
When it comes to series of books, I'm sort of a catch-and-release collector; I like to spend a few years collecting a series, then another year reading it, and then I either sell it in complete form to a used-bookstore or pass it on as a gift to someone who I think would really enjoy it).

For the last few years I've been working on the Everyman's Library Children's Classic Collection, collecting various versions of fables and fairy tales from throughout the world. But as I'm reading a science
Rebekah M.
May 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-the-kids
I'm reading this with my 6-year old daughter. We finished "The Mermaid," to which my daughter said, "If I had to turn to foam and kill myself or the prince, I'd kill the prince."

Read "Hans Clodhopper" today.

Finished "The Flying Trunk" which confused my daughter with it's not so happy ending.

Finished "The Rose Elf" which my daughter thought was pretty disturbing; planting a murdered man's head in a flower pot and all!

Finished "The Wild Swans" which is so far our favorite.

Finished "The Elf-Hill."
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore these stories so much and I think perhaps it is the book that most influenced me in childhood. Due to these stories I learned at an early age to appreciate the dark, for without it we cannot truly appreciate the light. And there is such beauty to be found in darkness. Some of the stories were so horrifying, "The Girl Who Trod On a Loaf" and "The Red Shoes" are two that always come to mind...but I loved them nonetheless. And sad, "The Little Match Girl" was one of the saddest things I had ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bigbook2019
Some are classics. Some have not aged particularly well at all...
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This edition, translated by Lucas and Paull and illustrated by Szyk is for me the quintessential experience of Andersen's Tales. Some reviewers seem to be commenting on other editions and these vary considerably conveying more or less magical, compelling effect depending (of course) on translation but also illustration. Anyway, this is the very same book that kept me up nights when I first began reading to myself, especially The Red Shoes, The Snow Queen, The Marsh King's Daughter. Re-reading ...more
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my all-time favorite book EVER. I am such a child, but it's my most treasured book! I love the classic fairytales - I actually read this as a child and while reading it, I filled the pages with sticky notes about ideas for when I read it to my children. Like: There is a story about a King's daughter, who is ill, and he keeps asking her what she wants to make her better, and she asks for the moon, and everyone tries to make their version of the moon for her, but when they finally ask the ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The reason that classic fairy tales are interesting is that you'll get insight into the morality of the time and place they were set in. What I've gathered from this book is that 19th century Denmark considered morality to be a pure Christian. This book is far more interesting than it is entertaining.

The fairy tales themselves are all either dependent on the Christian god coming to help, or ends tragically. There are exceptions, like "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Saucy Boy" that doesn't
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Weird rereading these stories again. Sometimes I found them intriguing, other times they just are simply disturbing or matter of fact. Plus Andersen seemed to be obsessed with Nightingales, Emperors, and toys coming to life. The major themes were "don't make assumptions on outward appearances, be happy or grateful for what you have, stop assuming the grass is always greener elsewhere, etc. As a kid, watching tv or film versions or even reading stuff, you assume some of the major fairytales that ...more
Some readers will be disturbed to find that the Disney versions of these fairy tales are an absolute dilution and corruption of Andersen's original works. This collection of 40 of the 156 fairy tales Andersen wrote are, more often than not, fundamentally dark in tone and nature. Andersen modelled the protagonist in each of his tales after himself and he explores his personal struggles with morality and society in each tale, reshaping each protagonist's discord into prosperity.

This edition
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of 12 of Hans Christian Andersen’s huge total of 156 fairy tales, freshly translated into English by British poet, essayist, literary critic, anthologist and reteller of stories for children, Naomi Lewis, in 1981. I’m pretty sure my mum read me some of these versions when I was a child, as I remember some of the illustrations (by Philip Gough). We get a few less well-know tales but it’s the usual suspects that shine. I’d somehow never read - or been read - The Snow Queen before; a ...more
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Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
dnf @ 52%.
rating: 2.5-3/5 stars.
stories i read: the princess and the pea, thumbelina, the emperor's new clothes, the little mermaid, the steadfast tin solider, the nightingale, the ugly duckling, & 2-3 pages of the snow queen.


i really wanted to like this more, i really did. i just can't help feeling incredibly bored through these stories. i'm not quite sure if its because i'm older, or if the stories are really that drab. the only story i found likable was the ugly duckling, but even that
Em Bouch
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories was very difficult to rate because some tales I really enjoyed but a lot of them were completely inexplicable. Something was lost in translation - in either language or culture. For example, if you kidnap a princess while she is asleep and murder her parents, she will fall in love with you. Or, you can trick your stupid neighbor into killing his livestock and his grandmother and then help him kill himself and you will be a hero. Huh? Overall, I found a lot of the ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a little girl, my grandfather always told me fairy tales. He was such a great storyteller and knew many of Hans Christian Anderson's stories by heart.

I'm re-reading Anderson's Fairy Tales again for about the 5th time and never get tired of them. So many good messages in them.

There are many versions of this book, but I prefer the older ones. My favorite fairy tales are:
Steadfast Tin Soldier
Little Girl Who Trod on a Loaf
The Red Shoes
The Old Street Lamp
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Ugly Duckling
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Hans Christian Andersen (often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen) 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 nationality.

Andersen's fairy tales,