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Little mermaids and Ugly ducklings : favorite fairytales
Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
59 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
The ugly duckling -- Thumbelina -- The steadfast tin soldier -- The nightingale -- The princess and the pea -- The little mermaid.
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PZ8.A54 LI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.A54 LI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8.A54 LI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.A54 LI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ8.A54 LI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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Lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gennady Spirin, this spectacular collection gathers together six of the most beloved stories by master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. The characters in these tales, from the loyal little mermaid to the brave tin soldier to the ugly duckling, learn life lessons from the experiences they encounter, lessons that are still vital to the way we live today. And Gennady Spirins delicate watercolors, in the tradition of the great masters of theRenaissance, bring these enchanted characters and their valuable lessons magically to life. Together, the pictures and tales combine to create a timeless collection of classic stories that deserve a special place on every bookshelf.

Stories included:
The Princess and the Pea
The Brave Tin Soldier
The Ugly Duckling
The Nightingale
The Little Mermaid

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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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-This handsome picture-book-sized collection presents: "The Ugly Ducking," "Thumbelina," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Nightingale," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Little Mermaid." A foreword introduces the Danish storyteller, noting that the text is "drawn from some of the earliest translations of his work." While wording may differ slightly from Erik Christian Haugaard's definitive translation, Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories (Anchor, 1983), the stories here are complete and true to the originals. Spirin has illustrated them with lavishly detailed paintings that evoke Northern Renaissance art in both technique and content. His art is far more lush and painterly than Erik Blegvad's informal pen-and-ink drawings for his translation of Andersen's Twelve Tales (McElderry, 1994; o.p.), uniformly set in late 18th-century Europe. Libraries already owning Blegvad's translation will find this new title a fine complement. Only two stories overlap, and Spirin's sumptuous interpretation of "The Little Mermaid" (not included in Blegvad's collection) is well worth contrasting with the Disney version. Both collections, with accurate translations and illustrations that illuminate the classic stories in different ways, should be widely available.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.