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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books; Abridged edition (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626345128
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626345122
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 127 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,913,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal

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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary wills on April 26 2000
Format: Hardcover
I believe that the path to a well-rounded child is the truth. Too often we sensationalize and sugar-coat the truth when it comes to our kids. This book is a good example of the way things are. My favorite tale from this book would have to be "The Little Mermaid", and it will be the first tale I read my children when they are born. Mr. Anderson was a firm believer in drama mixed with the hard knocks of real life.Here he has just transformed them into a fantastical story that every child needs to be told. The elements of the story are very powerful, from the loss of innocence to the loss of love,and sometimes we need a good dose of something that isn't wholesome. I recommend this book to everyone, children and adults alike.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
'The Snow Queen' is possibly the greatest short story I've ever read. Although its message is essentially Christian, its means of getting there is staggering, Surrealist and far from dogmatic. There is an Alice quality to the heroine's narrative as she seeks her abducted playmate, full of singing flowers, helpful crows and robber barons - the songs of the flowers are full of sexually loaded and enigmatic imagery. But the word-pictures as a whole are haunting, the blazing sheen of the snow, with the suggestive reds dotting it throughout. The final puzzle is worthy of Borges. Wow.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the first non-animated book that I am reading to my 5 year old son. He loves the stories and it's amazing what images his imagination comes up with. The book is beautifully bound and has some illustrations.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Nothing is sweeter than the real story April 26 2000
By mary wills - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I believe that the path to a well-rounded child is the truth. Too often we sensationalize and sugar-coat the truth when it comes to our kids. This book is a good example of the way things are. My favorite tale from this book would have to be "The Little Mermaid", and it will be the first tale I read my children when they are born. Mr. Anderson was a firm believer in drama mixed with the hard knocks of real life.Here he has just transformed them into a fantastical story that every child needs to be told. The elements of the story are very powerful, from the loss of innocence to the loss of love,and sometimes we need a good dose of something that isn't wholesome. I recommend this book to everyone, children and adults alike.
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Believe the hype! Sept. 19 2006
By Bear in the Canyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first translation of Andersen's tales to capture his true voice -- try it and compare to any other translation and you'll see. I hope Penguin has Tiina Nunnally do all the rest of his stories soon!
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Andersen's Fairy Tales Oct. 9 2008
By Barklestork - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good book, but not illustrations promised July 15 2013
By Snark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Despite what is said by the Publisher in the Book Description, the illustrations in this Everyman's Library edition of Andersen's Fairy Tales are not drawn from the 1899 version which had work by all three of the Robinson brothers, Thomas, Charles, and William. This edition is based on W. Heath Robinson's third edition of Andersen's Fairy Tales and his work alone is employed. A good book, nicely produced, but erroneously described.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Childhood treasure! Sept. 14 2007
By Patrick W. Crabtree - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this volume in my youth and read it practically every night. It's a wonderful compendium of Fairy Tales -- one should pair it up with a similar copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Some parents would object to "violence", etc., in the content but I will be reading these stories to my own grandson as soon as he is old enough to listen. You can't go wrong on this one.


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