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TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Hans Christian Andersen

TALES OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

By Hans Christian Andersen (Author) , Naomi Lewis (Translator) , Joel Stewart (Illustrator)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-7636-2515-9
Publisher: Candlewick

Hans Christian Andersen wrote more than 160 stories, 13 of which are retold by critic Lewis and revitalized with Stewart’s winsome, quirky illustrations in this hefty, beautiful collection. Lewis opens with a four-page introduction to the life of the “unquenchable maverick” of humble origins, also prefacing each story with an engaging, scholarly critical history. She translates well-known favorites such as “Thumbelina” and “The Tinderbox” and, more obscure, “The Goblin at the Grocer’s,” in a lively, accessible style, retaining 19th-century charm and vocabulary without a hint of stiffness. While adult lovers of children’s literature will appreciate the historical material provided, young newcomers to Andersen will relish “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “The Snow Queen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Match Girl,” and other stories that have woven their way into Western literary tradition. The elegant design tips a hat to Andersen’s interest in miniature theatre, as the opening story illustrations are flanked by a red velvet curtain. Lovely. (All ages)