Twelve Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

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Twelve extraordinary fairy tales by the great Danish storyteller includes such favorites as ""The Steadfast Tin Soldier"" and ""The Emperor's New Clothes,"" as well as such lesser-known classics as ""The Pixie at the Grocer's.""

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Hans Christian Andersen, one of the best known figures in literature, is best know for combining traditional folk tales with his own great imagination to produce fairy tales known to most children today. The Danish writer was born in the slums of Odense. Although he was raised in poverty, he eventually attended Copenhagen University. Although Andersen wrote poems, plays and books, he is best known for his Fairy Tales and Other Stories, written between 1835 and 1872. This work includes such famous tales as The Emperor's New Clothes, Little Ugly Duckling, The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Story of a Mother and The Swineherd. Andersen's greatest work is still influential today, helping mold some of the works of writers ranging from Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde and inspiring many of the works of Disney and other motion pictures. Andersen, who traveled greatly during his life, died in his home in Rolighed on August 4, 1875. Erik Blegvad was born in Denmark and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. Mr. Blegvad has illustrated more than one hundred children's books, including "Twelve Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen, "Riddle Road" by Elizabeth Spires, "Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear!" by N. M. Bodecker, and "Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude" by Louise Borden. The Blegvads divide their time between England, France, and Wardsboro, Vermont.
Published September 1, 1994 by Margaret K. McElderry. 96 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The whimsical pictures do well by the more humorous fables, such as ``What Father Does is Always Right.'' But Andersen, like his soldier, was not a man who ``wept tin.'' The match girl who longs for her grandmother, the fir tree who longs for glory, the tin soldier and the little dancer who long ...

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Other notable entries include ``The Tinderbox,'' ``The Swineherd,'' ``The Sweethearts'' and ``Twelve by Coach.'' A Dane himself, Blegvad writes in an introduction that he grew up hearing Andersen's tales;

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