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)