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Grade 4 Up-Both children and adults will enjoy this collection of 30 of Andersen's best-known fairy tales, newly translated by Tiina Nunnally (sic). British actors Kate Reading and Richard Matthews alternate reading, and both deliver expressive and powerful narrations. The stories include "The Princess and the Pea," "Thumbelina," "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Snow Queen," among others. Published to celebrate the bicentennial of Andersen's birth, this audiobook would be a solid addition to any library collection.-Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX
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Hans Christian Andersen (1805—75) was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker, who nonetheless was a great reader, made a toy-theatre for his son and taught him to notice every natural wonder as they walked in the woods together on Sundays. His father died when he was eleven, and it wasn't until six years later that, with the help of a patron, he finally went to a state secondary school attended by much youger children. There he suffered at the hands of a cruel headmaster, but he aquired an education and was determined to be a writer. He published his first novel and his first fairy tales in 1835; thereafter he wrote over 150 more of these stories which have become classics in many languages.A lonely man who never married, he was also an anxious man; he loved travelling, but would carry a coil of rope with him in case of fire in his hotel. Although he originally addressed his fairy tales to children (and some would maintain he had a streak of childhood in his nature) he insisted they were 'for all ages', and the gentleness and humor that are their characteristics are recognized by everyone. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.