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The Value of Fantasy: The Story of Hans Christian Andersen [Hardcover]

Spencer Johnson , Steve Pileggi
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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February 1980 Value Tales Series
A brief biography of the 19th-century Danish author of many well-known fairy tales, which stresses the value of personal fantasies and imagination.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 7 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great book and a great series............Recommend to all who have young ones. Had the original series back in the 1980s
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hans Christian Creates Worlds of Fantasy Feb. 19 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In this installment of the ValueTales series, Spencer Johnson helps us appreciate the fantasies of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).

The book introduces young Hans Christian, a poor boy growing up in Denmark. He liked to daydream about fantastic creatures and far-away kingdoms. Sometimes Hans Christian would tell these stories to his friends. Eventually, he began writing them down. Sometimes he was so busy making up stories that he neglected his schoolwork. When Hans Christian became an adult, he published books of his stories. His fantastic tales entertained and inspired people all over the world.

Like other books in the ValueTales series, this book uses a real-life person to exemplify an important value. It is suitable for reading by children in the later elementary school grades. A "Historical Facts" section at the book's end summarizes Andersen's life in a single-page bio form suitable for adults.

Closing quote: "Perhaps there are times when you have fantasies, too--when you tell yourself stories and dream dreams. Your fantasies might not be about kings and princesses or mermaids and nightingales. They can be quite different. And you may not even wish to be famous. But if you decide to make room in your life for some dreams, whatever they may be--to take a little time for fantasy--you may find that you are happier. Just like our good friend Hans Christian Andersen." (p. 62)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for young readers Aug. 26 2006
By Cincy Yankee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The ValueTale series is the only series I have ever found the published biographies that would interest fourth-graders. Each page contains colorful, cartoon-like illustrations. Each book in the series creates an imaginary friend for the main character (for young Hans it's an ugly duckling). The main part of the book tells a simplified historical fiction biography of the character, and the last page is always a fact sheet to fill in any biographical details that didn't fit in the story. Each biography encourages a value.

I loved these books when I was a kid, and now I've collected them for my own daughter. I found the appeal goes well beyond fourth grade--I will still pick one up to get a quick overview of who a person is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hans Christian Creates Worlds of Fantasy Dec 19 2009
By John M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In this installment of the ValueTales series, Spencer Johnson helps us appreciate the fantasies of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).

The book introduces young Hans Christian, a poor boy growing up in Denmark. He liked to daydream about fantastic creatures and far-away kingdoms. Sometimes Hans Christian would tell these stories to his friends. Eventually, he began writing them down. Sometimes he was so busy making up stories that he neglected his schoolwork. When Hans Christian became an adult, he published books of his stories. His fantastic tales entertained and inspired people all over the world.

Like other books in the ValueTales series, this book uses a real-life person to exemplify an important value. It is suitable for reading by children in the later elementary school grades. A "Historical Facts" section at the book's end summarizes Andersen's life in a single-page bio form suitable for adults.

Closing quote: "Perhaps there are times when you have fantasies, too--when you tell yourself stories and dream dreams. Your fantasies might not be about kings and princesses or mermaids and nightingales. They can be quite different. And you may not even wish to be famous. But if you decide to make room in your life for some dreams, whatever they may be--to take a little time for fantasy--you may find that you are happier. Just like our good friend Hans Christian Andersen." (p. 62)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story May 30 2013
By JEREMY J PIERCE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had the power of believing in yourself Louis pasture as a kid. This ones length is perhaps a little long for under 5 but great story for the imagination.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series Jan. 11 2013
By wendy rashidi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Love this series of books. I have been reading them to my children and now grandchildren since 1978. I look forward to completing my collection. by the way, why is the one on Jacques Cousteau so darned pricey?
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