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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales - Volume 1

H. C. Andersen

Book Overview: 

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet noted for his children's stories. These include "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen", "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Little Match Girl", and "The Ugly Duckling".

During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide, and was feted by royalty. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ida, "but there were no leaves on the trees, and I did not see a single flower. What has become of them? There were so many in the summer."[54]

"They are inside the palace now," replied the student. "As soon as the king and all his court go back to the town, the flowers hasten out of the garden and into the palace, where they have famous times. Oh, if you could but see them! The two most beautiful roses seat themselves on the throne and act king and queen. All the tall red cockscombs stand before them on either side and bow; they are the chamberlains. Then all the pretty flowers come, and there is a great ball. The blue violets represent the naval cadets; they dance with hyacinths and crocuses, who take the part of young ladies. The tulips and the tall tiger lilies are old ladies,—dowagers,—who see to it that the dancing is well done and that all things go on properly."

"But," asked little Ida, "is there no one there to harm the flower. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A garland of simple, endearing, gleaming pearls. I can't say that each of this pearl is distinctive, but one can wear this garland, or hold one of these pearls, whenever you are knocked down by the humdrumness of life. I found it much better than the Brothers Grimm. A 5-star for this one, for the se

Not a fan of Hans Christian Anderson at all. Most of his stories were short and pointless and the ones with morals made me feel like I was being preached to. I just can't get with the religious tone of his stories or the weird way women are treated like the little mermaid sacrificing herself off the

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4 out of 5 stars to The Complete Fairy Tales, written in 1835 by Hans Christian Andersen. Many people are familiar with the fairy tales written by the Grimm brothers, but sometimes don't realize there were several different versions or collections by different authors. Another

"The good and the beautiful is not forgotten; it lives in legend and in song."

منذ أن كنت طفلة صغيرة، كنت أعشق قصص الأطفال وسلسلة المكتبة الخضراء. كنت كذلك أعشق مسلسلات الكرتون مثل "في جعبتي حكاية" و"حكايات ما أحلاه" وإلخ. عرفت حين كبرت قليلاً أن تلك القصص والمسلسلات الكرتونية مأخوذة من الرو

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