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The emperor's new clothes
Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1949.
Physical Description:
43 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
The emperor shows his stupidity when he walks through the city in the invisible suit two rascal tailors made for him.
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.5 0.5 9494.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PZ8.A542 EM4 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ8.A542 EM4 Juvenile Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.A542 EM4 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Illustrated by the beloved creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, and Katy and the Big Snow, this is a delightful version of the tale that boys and girls have loved for centuries. The Emperor himself, his court, and his clothes--or lack of them--are as outrageous and comical as only the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen can make them, and Virginia Lee Burton adds to this tale of fun her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design.

This lovely new Folk Tale Classics edition celebrates Burton's lively concoction of remarkable spirit and beauty.

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)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Virginia Lee Burton (best known for her Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel) reimagines Hans Christian Andersen's ageless story of over-the-top vanity in The Emperor's New Clothes. Burton's 1949 illustrations, re-photographed for this reissue, highlight the artist's vivid watercolor palette within detailed, sharply defined ink drawings. The ornately costumed, stiffly posed figures and swirling curlicues around the text set up a formal yet deliciously wry tone. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved