The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales Hardcover – May 10 1993
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Since the discovery of this book, my children have been requesting stories from it almost every night. At first my three year old complained about the lack of pictures (it really isn't "fully illustrated"), but she quickly got over that and enjoys listening to every story. Both of my older children like to compare these stories to ones they've seen on TV, or read in the few modernized fairy tale books we own (given to us by friends and relatives). Maybe my children are warped - which is very likely - but they prefer the original stories, with their not-so-happy, and often times violent, endings.
I've never been one to believe children need to have their reality padded... real life doesn't always end the way we hoped, so neither should stories. Hopefully this book, and ones like it, will be a bedtime favorite for years to come.
Not all of his stories end well, yet this is a side of life children should learn about so they can be aware of it later in life. Your child might be horrified to learn that not everything ends up quite as magical as it would in a Disney movie. My favorite tale has always been "The Little Mermaid." She wanted to be something she was not meant to be and for me that is a lesson of how we should be who we really are. She actually ends up not marrying the prince. I quote:
The little mermaid lifted up glorified eyes towards the sun, and felt them, for the first time, filling with tears. On the ship, in which she had left the prince......she saw him and his beautiful bride searching for her; sorrowfully they gazed at the pearly foam, as if they knew she had thrown herself into the waves.
Some of the stories are very moralistic, yet he retains a mischievous sense of humor in some stories. His stories always reflect his fertile imagination. This particular collection was translated by Mrs. H. B. Paull, H. Oskar Sommer, Jean Hersholt and several other unknown translators. Six distinguished artists helped to illustrate this book. These are black and white illustrations and there are not really very many of them. To me a fully illustrated book should be fully illustrated. Nonetheless, this is not a book just for children. In fact, I see this more as a book which should be read to children by their parents.Read more ›
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Grimms-You call the Best but Hans Anderson, You call it a 'Classic of the classics' coz the beautiful stories lets your imagination go surfing on 'cloud nine' and these tales... Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Ilaxi S. Patel
While I'm sure the stories are great, I can't get past the poor type setting, and cheap paper which is practically newsprint. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by shubunkin
Andersen and Grimm are supposed to be classics. While I like having the collection and while the illustrations are very nice - the pages themselves are much closer to... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2000
This is a beautiful book with beautiful stories but I would move it up to the 20+ reading group. I am still baffled about their definition of "fully illustrated". Read morePublished on Dec 30 1999
I ordered this for my daughter and will be sending it back. It is not "fully illustrated." The reading level is designated as ages 9 to 12. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 1999 by Sharon W. Putman
Hans Christian Andersen aretfully spins tales of love, adventure and comedy in this easy to read collection. Read morePublished on April 11 1998 by firstname.lastname@example.org
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