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The emperor's new clothes
Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875.
Uniform Title:
Kejserens nye klæder. English.
Publication Information:
New York : North South Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Two rascals sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes.
Reading Level:
780 Lexile.

Format :


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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Once upon a time there was a vain emperor who loved new clothes more than anything. He was the perfect dupe for two sly tricksters' clever plot. Claiming to be able to weave a fabulous cloth that is invisible to all who are stupid or unfit for their jobs, the tricksters promise to create a marvelous set of clothes for the emperor to wear in the great procession. The emperor pays the tricksters handsomely for their work, but he and his subjects are in for a very big surprise!Eve Tharlet's sweet, simple adaptation of one of Hans Christian Andersen's jolliest stories shows just how foolhardy pride and vanity can be.

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 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. This large-format picture book retells the familiar story of the emperor who was duped into parading down the street in an imaginary suit of clothes. When literal-minded children get to the familiar line "He's got nothing on," they will point out that the emperor is still wearing his hat, sash, sword, stockings, shoes, and some sort of bloomers. Still, they'll get the message. The text omits some details and adds others, but this version follows Andersen's story fairly closely. Watercolor paintings focus on the graceful poses and gestures of the emperor and his courtiers, whose exaggerated wigs and elaborate clothing suit the tale. Libraries may have other editions on their shelves, but this one will satisfy readers looking for a more conservative approach to the tale, with human characters rather than dressed animals and less nudity than children will see on the beach. For a dressed or undressed animal version, check out Yolen's King Long Shanks, below (Reviewed April 1, 1998)1563976994Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Colorful pictures portray the classic story. Ages 4-8. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3 In Bell's skillful retelling, linked with Duntze's highly stylized illustrations, new dimensions of the ridiculous emerge. Unfolding against a richly detailed background, this new version of the Andersen tale treats readers to a vast amount of visual information about court life and dress (probably 17th-Century French), as well as that of the everyday folk. Glimpses into windows, the Emperor's wardrobe, and the busy center of the village are especially appealing. The elaborate fashion of the day is rendered in fascinating illustrations of wigs, suits, shoes, even undergarments, all drawn with precise and attractive care. The characters who people the book's large pages are elongated and bear odd, almost expressionless, gazes. The Emperor's face, in particular, seems immobile, frozen in a pursed-lipped expression that underlines his silly ostentatiousness. Of special note is the overall design of the book, which has several intriguing double-page spreadsone page is full color, with the scene extending to the facing page of black-and-white sketches. From the attractive endpapers through the elaborately detailed pages, The Emperor's New Clothes offers much to enjoy. Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, Wis. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.