The Swineherd by Hans Christian Andersen

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Lisbeth Zwerger, winner of the 1990 Hans Christian Andersen Medal, brings her distinctive talent to this classic Andersen fairy tale of a foolish Prince who seeks to marry the Emperor’s daughter, and the even more foolish Princess who fails to recognize his true worth.

When the Princess refuses him, he disguises himself as a swineherd and plays her favorite songs. By the time she warms up to him it’s too late; he reveals his true identity and leaves her all alone. It’s a delightfully silly tale of human nature, brought wonderfully to life by the incomparable Ms. Zwerger.


About Hans Christian Andersen

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Lisbeth Zwerger lives in Vienna, Austria.
Published July 24, 1986 by Neugebauer Press. 28 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Andersen and Zwerger’s Swineherd enchants with an uncharacteristically (for him) funny resolution, courtesy of Bell’s graceful translation, and her characteristically ethereal illustrations.

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Here, however, the tale's ending causes a commotion, and after tears and a heated debate the characters submit a rewrite--``with all due respect, Hans.'' The final few pages picture a repentant swineherd/prince giving the humbled princess a second chance, vindicating any reader who has ever been ...

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