Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen: A Classic Illustrated Edition


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Hans Christian Andersen's 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 horse's mane but harboring high aspirations. Each one of us at some time, has been touched by one of Andersen's Fairy Tales. Here you'll 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 Children's 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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Anderson, H.C. (1995). Fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson. New York: Viking.Summary:A compilation of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales, including: The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Wild Swans, The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Shadow, It’s Perfectly True!, Grief, Father’s Always Right, and The Snowman. There is an Introduction by Neil Philip, who details some of Hans Christian Anderson’s life and comments son a few of his works. The illustrations are few and far between- this isn’t a book for primary readers, although could be used as a read-aloud for that age group. Reviews/Awards:Horn Book Guide 3/1/1996Publisher's Weekly 12/11/1995School Library Journal 12/1/1995Booklist 11/15/1995Kirkus Review 10/15/1995Curriculum Connection:Use this collection of 12 stories to help 3rd graders write fractured fairy tales in writing. Grades: K-6


After reading this collection of classic fairy tales, I learned/realized some new things. First, it is not for children. Second, it doesn't always have a happy ending.Most of them were entertaining, some were boring, but there are morals in the stories. Hans Christian Andersen uses symbols to represent good and evil, we can't always have what we want, but somewhere along the way we get something better that's essential for us.My favorite Disney story is "The Little Mermaid", and after reading the real tale, I was, of course, sad about Ariel and her prince not ending up together; but when I realized that Ariel moved on to a better life than the one she has, I figured everything happens for a reason, and some things aren't just meant to be.The author used characters that appeal to children, inanimate objects, the elements, but they are just masking the real subjects - man's quest for perfection, power, and how this makes him greedy. I'm looking forward to reading the full unabridged versions.


Hans Christian Anderson is one man who always makes me child again. His stories take me to a world full of magic and fairies and princesses and princes! I have read these stories as a child. I still have the same affection for those stories. Thumbelina is my all time favorite. I had an opportunity to visit the small Danish town in CA in Winter of 2009. They have a small library devoted to Hans Anderson. It was wonderful to sit in the presence on the man whom I will always love and cherish as the greatest story teller of all times.


Holy crap... this is the book that won't end.It's a very faithful translation of the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and I'm sure much of the humor of these tales are lost in the translation. There are some famous ones that you know included here. Thumbelina, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Matchgirl, The Red Shoes, The Ugly Duckling and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. But these are all very short, and the book is WELL over 500 pages long. It is tedious, I'm not going to lie. And some of the tales are quite gruesome. But it's also interesting to learn how Disney-fied our understanding is of a lot of these stories. Granted I'm not sure that any of these have been made into Disney films, except for The Little Mermaid. The author also claims that The Emperor's New Groove is a takeoff of The Emperor's New Clothes, but I see no correlation other than the title - I'm going to tackle the Grimm's Fairy Tales next so we'll see how that goes.

Brennan Wieland

I only read the snowman out of all of these stories as an assignment. This story tells of a newly built snowman trying to make sense of the world around him. The dog, living next to him in his kennel, tells him shortly of few things including the stove inside of the house. The snowman develops an unusual attraction to the stove, and longs to be next to the stove. The story ends with the winter passing and the people soon forgetting about the snowman. I wasn't left very satisfied at the end of this, since there wasn't much of an ending.


Few things are more intriguing than reading stories you've grown up with your entire life and then finding them very different in their initial form. I had a blast reading this book. As with any selection of short stories I have my favorites but there were very few I didn't care for. The Red Shoes, The Little Mermaid & Thumbelina are still favorites however I love the The Shadow and The Marsh King's Daughter. Anderson weaves beautiful stories filled with imagery, lessons and intrigue. I was afraid his language would be boring and the stories less than I'd imagined however I was pleasantly surprised. Interesting as well was the information on what occurred in his life while he was writing- never knew he was bi-sexual and the The Little Mermaid was written out of grief at his lover's marriage. I recommend for everyone to read this collection- it is a new genre of the day and has become something else thanks to Disney since it's introduction and the dark nature of these delightful stories is captivating.


I was somewhat amazed by the large number of fairy tales that Hans Christian Andersen wrote. Apparently he wrote more than 200 in all, of which over sixty are included in this volume. In this book these tales are grouped into different sections according to the type of tales that they are. For example there are some which are grouped under the title 'Original Fairy Tales' which include The Little Mermaid and Thumbelina which are two of my favorites. Others are grouped under the title 'Evangelical and Religious Tales' which include The Red Shoes and The Little Match Girl. These often have a moral to them. Some of my other favorites include The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, and The Nightingale. There are also many more of which I had never heard, and it was a joy to read many of them.


The first word that came to mind after reading a few of these tales was: "delightful". And they are - but they are also creepy, funny, sad, tormented, tragic, and very beautiful. I was also struck by the fact that the concept of "god" and "angels" and all the familiar religious mythology peacefully co-exist in these tales with trolls, fairies and other fantasy creatures. I found this fact to be striking, and somehow it made me appreciate that perhaps religion, at it's best, is simply an attempt by people to direct their gratitude for all that is great in the world.This is the edition to read. I am convinced that Tiina Nunnally has done the truest translation of Andersen's work to date, and Andersen's paper cuts that are used to introduce each story are a great touch. The introduction to this collection was utterly fascinating, and essential reading before getting into the tales. At the end of the volume there are notes on each of the tales -- these notes are very enlightening, and provide crucial explanations of their context and intent.


Oh, Hans Christian Andersen. My favorite of favorites. I love this man. Since I was a little girl, I must have read "The Little Mermaid" a few dozen times. I was also familiar with (and loved) his "The Princess and the Pea," "The Little Match Girl," "Thumbelina," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Red Shoes." Later it was "The Snow Queen" and "The Nightingale" and "The Steadfast Tin Soldier." Somewhere along the way I realized that Andersen was responsible for all of my favorite childhood stories. I'd been looking for a good translation or a definitive collection of his work for a few years. There's a lot out there. I was attracted to the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition because of the wacky cover (inspired by the tale "The Traveling Companion"), and the translator's note cinched the deal. Tiina Nunnally was devoted to preserving Andersen's original language and interpreting his writing style. Her respect of his work really shows, and I slowly devoured each story. It took me a full year to get through this book, a total of 30 stories, and it has come everywhere with me like a security blanket. It's almost sad that I'm done with it.This collection doesn't claim to be complete edition of all of his stories (which was what I originally thought I wanted), but is instead a sampling of some of his most important works. They are arranged in chronological order, and thanks to an extended timeline of Andersen's life and biography in the introduction, it's really easy to see this bizarre man's journey through life. Reading this tales, most of which were autobiographical in some way or another, I felt really connected to him. In the back of the book, there are notes on each tale explaining why he wrote them and the publication history. I never knew that Hans felt he WAS the little mermaid, sacrificing himself for true love only to be handed disappointment. It's all the more heart-breaking to know that he drew from real life inspiration to compose it.


This collection contains forty of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales. It begins with “The Princess and the Pea” and “Thumbelina” and concludes with “The Book of Fairy Tales.” Well-known favorites such as “The Snow Queen,” “The Wild Swans,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “The Little Mermaid” are intermingled with less well-known stories such as “The Shadow” and “The Fir-Tree.” Neil Philip’s introduction gives the reader a sense of who Hans Christian Anderson was as a person, and Isabelle Brent’s mosaic-like borders and use of rich colors and gold leaf give the entire book the feel of a medieval illuminated manuscript. The illustrations give the reader the sense of looking through a window into the story, and they perfectly echo the tone of each story, sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, and often tinged with just a bit of sadness. Hans Christian Anderson’s stories were originally published between 1835 and 1837.

Koen Crolla

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 of his stories are pointless and dull, and while this collection includes pretty much all of his most famous ones (Emperor's New Clothes, Ugly Duckling, Little Mermaid, Snow Queen, &c.), it also includes a lot of dross. The editors pride themselves on the translation maintaining a story-teller flavour rather than favouring readability, which is a pretty mixed bag.Still, the stories themselves are all short and easy to get through.

AfraA523 AlMajed

This book is intresting. although its a fairy tale book and you would say these story are pretty obvious and i know most of them since i was a kid, but no they are very different from the stories we have read when younger it has much of grown ups content. Really intresting and you wont get bored of. Its just amazing how you recall a story from childhood and expect a certain ending but you see something that is totally different from what you know.


Very different from the sanitized versions most of us grew up with.

Allison Rockwell

My favorite stories as a child, I read and reread "The Little Match Girl," "The Shadow," "The Traveling Companion," and many others over and over again.


Fairytales are the only place I find validation.

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