Hans Christian Andersen

ISBN: 088188202X
ISBN 13: 9780881882025
By: Hans Christian Andersen Frank Loesser

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A vocal selection is a collection of all of the major songs from a Broadway show. Each song is arranged for piano and voice. Many vocal selections also feature photos from the original stage production of the show.

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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.

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.


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.


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.


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

Kathleen Galvin

My copy of this book was handed down to me by my Father. It is an ancient book with brown pages and a missing dust jacket. It looks like it was printed in the 40’s but I can’t be sure because the book does not contain a verso.The first tale is that of the stork and in keeping with the theme of the book is undeniably sweet, but also twisted. There are definitely morals behind each and every tale, but not all the morals are ones I necessarily share. Possibly because of their heavily Christian undertones.Some of the stories could be very hit and miss but I did enjoy learning about the macarbe truths of stories such as the little mermaid where the witch, instead of just taking the little mermaid’s beautiful singing voice, cuts out her tongue.The little mermaid is then given a potion which grants her legs but to walk on them feels like being stabbed by a thousand knives and in the end the prince doesn’t even fall in love with her, which of course kills the mermaid (literally).She gave up her life, her family and her voice just to have him marry someone else. But it’s all meant to be okay because she ends up going to heaven for all she has sacrificed. It was interesting to see how the stories were originally written and how much Disney changed them completely.I particularly liked the stories ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘The Daisy’.

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.


Fairytales are the only place I find validation.


This book is many of fairy tales written by Hans Christian Anderson but revised a little by Tiina Nunnally. Many of Anderson's stories are about the journey and what happened on the way and why there is a journey. I've noticed that these stories have a happy ending but in a different way. I saw that some were selfish, and that the story only went well for the main character. In other stories the ending could end happily for two characters who fell in love or found a great friend ship. While others ended in the character dying but being happy for someone else that they have made such an impact on the persons life. Although these stories are happy Anderson always seems to keep a dark and unhappy moment in the story. There would seem to be most of the time that some character in the story would either have bad fortune or die. But wether it was the main character or not, that character always mattered in getting the main character to where they were in the end. I just think that shows that it's okay to die knowing you did something great for someone and helped them in the best way you could and they are what they are because of you. I would recommend this book to people who like short fictional stories with a great meaning. I would recommend it because it helped me look deeper into problems to uncover the real problem and watch the character define it though their lives. These stories also helped me understand great things can happen to people with what they would think is the worst life ever, as long as they would believe things would get better and they worked hard things would turn out all right. This book teaches anyone to work through their problems and persevere when times get rough.

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.

Jessica Day

I'll be honest, I picked up Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales more out of lust for the cover as opposed to the urge to read its content. Still, I have been trying to read more classics lately so I figured I would give the collection of fairy tales a go. Surprisingly fairy tales can be exhausting. Some of Andersen's stories were hard to follow (probably in part due to my disinterest) while others were far more detailed and meaningful. I found myself clinging to some of my old favorites (The Little Mermaid) as well as finding a few new stories to cling to (The Steadfast Tin Soldier). Some, not all, of the stories are true classics, but some aren't recognized for a reason in my opinion. Still I am glad that I grew up with the Disney retellings as opposed to these original versions. Almost every story ended unhappily...depending on how you analyzed it.~JessPS)I would recommend buying this Puffin Classics version, not only for its cover but for the amazing introduction. It really gave me an insightful history on Andersen and how his life affected his work.


Really a fantastic collection of stories overall. I love a good fairytale, even it it doesn't end happily ever after, which many of these do not. A few of them were less interesting to me, hence the 4 stars, but overall I really enjoyed picking up this book now and then and reading a tale or two at a time in the evening to end the day. Anderson writes beautifully and weaves some really lovely tales together in this collection.


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.

Cheryl Gatling

Ah, the fairy tales of H.C. Andersen, where nobody lives happily ever after. Or almost nobody. Thumbelina gets to marry a king and live in a flower. But most of the love is unrequited. Like "Ib and Little Christine." Ib releases the girl he loves to marry another because that other has more money, and he wants Christine to have a better life. But her husband squanders the money, and Christine ends up dying in poverty. The "happy ending" is that Ib adopts Christine's orphaned little girl. Like "The Little Mermaid" who kisses the prince goodbye as he sleeps in his marriage bed with his new wife. The "happy ending" is that the little mermaid gets a kind of immortality by joining "the daughters of the air." Like "The Ice Maiden," who tries to lure Rudy, an alpine climber, to his death on the mountain peaks, but she never can. On the night before Rudy's wedding, the Ice Maiden finally gets him, by drowning him in glacier melt waters. The "happy ending" is that his fiancee is warned in a dream that it was just as well they never got to marry, because she would only have cheated on him anyway. How's that for a heart warmer? Few of these are feel-good stories. But there are good feelings in them. Kindness and simplicity and honesty are praised. Vanity and meanness are condemned. The style is conversational. An attempt was made to translate the ironic, clever, joking turns of phrase that Andersen used, and which don't come through in the children's books made from his tales. Some of the stories are just plain weird. Some of them sound like they were made up on the spot and never edited. The weirder stories make me say, "Huh?" but the best have a haunting quality that sticks with you.


this is my current "read in bed" book. So far my favorite story has been THE SNOW QUEEN, it made me stay up so late! Also- I really love Hans' paper cut-out illustrations.

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