Item description for Andersen's Fairy Tales (Children's Classics) by Hans Christian Andersen...
Hans Christian Andersens Fairy Tales are like exquisite jewels, drawing from us gasps of recognition and delight. Andersen created intriguing and unique characters a tin soldier with only one leg but a big heart, a beetle nestled deep in a horses mane but harboring high aspirations. Each one of us at some time, has been touched by one of Andersens Fairy Tales. Here youll find his classic tales such as: The Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, and The Ugly Duckling, 38 of your favorite tales in all. This deluxe Childrens Classic edition is produced with high-quality, leatherlike binding with gold stamping, full-color covers, colored endpapers with a book nameplate. Some of the other titles in this series include: Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Heidi, King Arthur and His Knights and The Secret Garden.
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Studio: Children's Classics
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.61" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.97" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 1999
Publisher Children's Classics
ISBN 0517205734 ISBN13 9780517205730
Availability 0 units.
More About Hans Christian Andersen
Christian Birmingham, sometimes referred to as "Christmas" Birmingham thanks to the worldwide popularity of his holiday-themed picture books, is an English illustrator who has been short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award for distinguished illustration in a children's book. He has illustrated A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Treasury, The Classic Tales of Hans Christian Anderson, and many other well-received books for young readers.
Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805 and died in 1875.
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andersons fairy tales Jan 25, 2008
What came under this title was actually J.M. Barries book Better Off Dead. Ihave tried To talk t customer service by phone and email. No service at all. I cant review Fairy Tales until I can actually read it.
THIS BOOK HAS NO ILLUSTRATIONS!!!! Jan 12, 2006
My daughter (for whom this book was purchased) was very disappointed that this book had no illustrations. Is this not a children's book??????????!? What were these publishers thinking? The first thing she said when we excitedly unboxed and opened up this book was, "Why aren't there any pictures?!?". Had I known this book were not child-friendly, I would not have wasted my money. I would have chosen another version. Just an FYI, since this site seems to be mixing reviews on here among various versions of books... this review is for ISBN# 0-517-20573-4. I bought this and other books based on reviews that were not relevent to the particular version of the book I purchased. I really would love to know which version the other reviewer who saw beautiful illustrations has!!! It was not this one.
Fairy Tales Nov 25, 2005
This is a good book. It has has all the anderson fairy tales I've ever heard of. The drawings aren't the greatest. I'd say the book would be for a child under 8.
IT'S THE ILLUSTRATIONS Jun 3, 2004
I think that most of us have been exposed to at least some of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. If we haven't read them, we, of previous generations, have probably seen the movie of his life starring Danny Kaye, and any child who watches television has probably seen a Disney version of "The Ugly Duckling."
While these, and similar productions are entertaining, they "prettify" his stories. what I mean by this is that many of his tales have very sad endings and/or have dark gloomy atmospheres. Not all, but many.
For example, "The Little Match Girl" tells the tale of a poverty stricken child whose father sends her out on a freezing New Year's Eve to sell matchsticks. She is afraid to come home without having made any money, as her father will punish her. As the night grows colder, she lights the matchsticks one by one for a drop of warmth. In the flare of each match, she sees visions of her grandmother in heaven, and with the last match her grandmother descends from heaven and takes the little girl in her arms. In the morning, her frozen body is found.
In "The Red Shoes," a little girl is given a pair of red shoes which she feels are the most wonderful things in the world, she values them above everyone and everything, and even at her own communion can think of nothing other than how beautiful she looks in her red shoes. These shoes prove to be her death, as they cause her to dance for days on end until she finally had to have the executioner chop off her feet so she could stop dancing. Then, and only then, with stumps for feet, did she repent for her conceit. As in many of Andersen's fairy tales there is an obvious moral here.
Some other old favorites such as "The Ugly Duckling" and the Emperor's New Clothes" are included.
I think that this is a very good English translation of the included tales, but what makes this book stand out are Arthur Szck's illustrations. There is no copyright date in my copy, but I'm sure it is over 50 years old, and even so, Szck's color illustrations are each and every one worthy of framing. In bright, bold colors, and frequently with an oriental feeling, they are just plain wonderful. I fell in love with them, and I'd bet that most readers would too.
Staggering Surrealism. Oct 18, 2000
'The Snow Queen' is possibly the greatest short story I've ever read. Although its message is essentially Christian, its means of getting there is staggering, Surrealist and far from dogmatic. There is an Alice quality to the heroine's narrative as she seeks her abducted playmate, full of singing flowers, helpful crows and robber barons - the songs of the flowers are full of sexually loaded and enigmatic imagery. But the word-pictures as a whole are haunting, the blazing sheen of the snow, with the suggestive reds dotting it throughout. The final puzzle is worthy of Borges. Wow.