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THE YOUNG HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Karen Hesse Kirkus Star

THE YOUNG HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

By Karen Hesse (Author) , Erik Blegvad (Illustrator)

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-67990-7
Publisher: Scholastic

“The Ugly Duckling” was the story of Andersen’s life. Unattractive as a boy and subjected to teasing and taunting, he grew up to be a fabulously accomplished writer, courted by royalty and befriended by literary luminaries of his time. “First you have a terribly hard time, and then you become famous,” he said. This volume, a fitting celebration of the bicentennial of Andersen’s birth, is a perfect match of evocative, poetic text and sumptuous watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations. Brief chapters, each page with an illustration, illustrate pivotal moments in the author’s life. The text ends as Andersen leaves Odense, Denmark, for Copenhagen, the end of one story of his life and the beginning of another. This will be a natural for reading aloud when introducing children to his stories. A perfect gem. (afterword, bibliography, illustrator’s note) (Nonfiction. 7-10)