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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.

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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 5-8. Bell's retelling of this famous Andersen tale is formal and sedate largely in keeping with the tone of traditional translations. The book's format is slightly oversize and works well in displaying the cool, pristine watercolor paintings that interpret the story. The illustrations are spacious, softly colored, and shaded; pastel tones rule, and details are neat and tidy. Black-and-white drawings some merely decorative asides, others full extensions of the color paintings offer aesthetic contrast. Duntze's figures are long faced and full bodied, their expressions distinctive without becoming caricatures. The pictures' quiet mood matches the tone of the text. The book's large size also lends itself well to story-hour presentations and is recommended for libraries needing another edition of the story. DMW. 839.8'136 [British CIP] 86-2509

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a starred review, PW called this a "witty new edition, set in 1913. The emperor's pursuit of fashion becomes such frivolous fun that he is quite a likable fool especially when his tan lines are showing." Ages 6-9. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-When Andersen's vain emperor and his court are decked out in the fashions of 16th-century France, including the monarch in his underwear, the result is a particularly uproarious version of this well-loved classic. In her cartoonlike watercolors, Tharlet uses light, bright pastel tones for the clothing of everyone except the charlatan tailors, who are clad in sober brown and gray. Among the many small pictorial additions that extend the text's humor are the emperor's teddy bear, lying beside him as his breakfast-in-bed arrives, and a little dog with fleas that appears on several pages. The story is retold in simple, straightforward sentences. This fresh, delightful interpretation would be a good choice for reading alone or aloud.-Ginny Gustin, Sonoma County Library System, Santa Rosa, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.