This is an important classic of children's literature, illustrated with charm by the renowned Arthur Szyk. It's a small volume that feels good in the hand. To encounter Andersen's story telling ability is to be drawn into eloquently told stories, and to sometimes encounter surprising images and turns of thought. The color illustrations seem inspired by Persian miniature paintings, and are charming, lively, humorous, quirky, and stunningly executed. The artist used a variety of tools: First a sketch, then basic shapes in gesso or tempera, then on top of those colors he applies lines and details using pen or a fine brush. The petite and gorgeous color images are rather well produced by the printer.