An Illustrated Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, the Princess and the Pea and Many More Classic Stories
‘The Princess and the Pea,’ ‘The Little Match Girl,’ ‘The Snow Queen,’ ‘Thumbelina:’ these tales have been feeding children’s imaginations for generations. In this collection, these classics are retold, accompanied by elegant paintings. Along with the aforementioned, this volume includes ‘The Emperor’s New Suit’, ‘The Brave Tin Soldier’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, and ‘The Christmas Tree’. ‘The Christmas Tree’ is probably the most obscure; it is the story of a little tree in from the forest which is chopped down to become a Christmas tree (it is a rather depressing story, actually). This is an easy-to-read translation and adaptation that will appeal to young readers, although it does minimize a lot of the lyrical qualities of the original in the interest of space. The illustrations are beautiful and enhance the magical, ethereal stories.
My favorite story in this collection is probably ‘The Little Mermaid’; I love this original tale (as opposed to the Disney travesty) because the mermaid makes hard decisions, although the ending in this was shortened disappointingly. I would recommend this for an introduction to the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, and for the beautiful illustrations, while encouraging readers to seek out translations that are even truer to the original.
|Author||Hans Christian Andersen|
|Page Count||216 pages|
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