Hans Anderson’s Fairy Tales: A Selection

‘My fairy tales were as much for older people as for children…humour was the real salt in them.’

Hans Andersen is best remembered for the tales collected in this edition, stories that have become classics and have been translated into over a hundred languages.

This selection contains twenty-eight stories, including ‘The Tinder-Box,’ ‘Thumbelina,’ ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘The Ugly Duckling,’ and ‘The Snow Queen,’ as well as others that are less well known. Some of the tales are taken from history or Danish folk tales, but the majority are Andersen’s own invention and often feature the author, his friends and enemies in a variety of guises.

This classic edition is accompanied by the original illustrations by Vilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Frøhlich.

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[A SOLDIER came marching down the road – left! right! left! right! – THE TINDER-BOX]

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(Oxford University Press, 1 July 2009, 349 pages, paperback, bought from @AmazonUK, set text for @OpenUniversity course)

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I grew up with Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales. One of my favourite books as a child was a massive door-stop of a book that contained hundreds of fairy tales by Anderson and the like. I lost it, sadly years ago but this book was one of many that turned me into a reader and a lover of books. I’ve read and seen many versions of Anderson’s stories over the year and they still make the child inside me glow. I was familiar with many tales in this volume including The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes and my absolute favourite The Snow Queen. I also read many stories for the first time including The Galoshes of Fortune and The Buckwheat. This was a treat and I loved the black and white illustrations as well.

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