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The little mermaid and other fairy tales
Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875.
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1998.
Physical Description:
137 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"Collected and with an introduction by Neil Philip."

"An Albion book"--Verso of t.p.
The tinderbox -- Little Ida's flowers -- The little mermaid -- The Emporer's new clothes -- The steadfast tin soldier -- The flying trunk -- The sweethearts -- The bell -- The little match girl -- The collar -- The goblin at the grocer's -- In a thousand years' time -- Five peas from the same pod -- The beetle -- The toad -- Dance, dance, dolly mine -- The gardner and his master.
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PZ8.A542 LIT 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ8.A542 LIT 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ8.A542 LIT 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.A542 LIT 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.A542 LIT 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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'The Little Mermaid? is one of the most haunting stories ever written. Its author, Hans Christian Andersen, made the literary fairy tale so much his own that even today no writer has surpassed him. This collection, with an introduction and fresh new translations of the tales by Neil Philip, includes such favorites as ?The Emperor's New Clothes,? ?The Little Match Girl,? and ?The Steadfast Tin Soldier? as well as eleven other tales. The book is illustrated throughout with Isabelle Brent's intricate watercolors, accented in rich fifth-color gold, which elegantly compliment these magical tales.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. Like Neil Philip's previous Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (1995), this volume combines an informal storytelling voice and a glamorous design with lots of gold leaf and lavishly colored illustrations. The 17 stories include the well-known, such as "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "The Tinderbox," but there are many that are not usually anthologized. "The Little Match Girl" is not the Disney version, but the bleak and painful original; and in his fine introduction, Philip answers charges of sentimentality against Andersen, pointing out that though many stories end sadly, they are saved by their total absence of self-pity. The title story is ponderous, bogged down with too much luminous descriptive detail, but when the narratives stay close to their folklore roots and speak directly, they hold you still. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Philip has collected and reexamined the translations of 17 of the author's stories that run the gamut from the overexposed "The Little Mermaid" to the virtually unknown "The Beetle." The retellings are smooth, offering Andersen's trademark colloquial charm, ironic humor, and painful observations balanced with spiritual aspirations. The book is lavishly designed with gold-tipped pages, thick paper, plenty of white space, patterned borders, and a number of full-colored plates for every tale. The most effective illustrations meld the natural elements-a toad or a bowl of fruit-with fantastically patterned and intensely colored borders. However, the pictures are occasionally overdesigned and overwhelm the simpler story lines. A splendid gift item for fans of Andersen or an additional purchase for library collections.-Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.