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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales are like exquisite jewels, drawing from us gasps of recognition and delight. Andersen created intriguing and unique characters -- a tin soldier with only one leg but a big heart, a beetle nestled deep in a horse's mane but harboring high aspirations. Each one of us at some time, has been touched by one of Andersen's Fairy Tales. Here y Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales are like exquisite jewels, drawing from us gasps of recognition and delight. Andersen created intriguing and unique characters -- a tin soldier with only one leg but a big heart, a beetle nestled deep in a horse's mane but harboring high aspirations. Each one of us at some time, has been touched by one of Andersen's Fairy Tales. Here you'll find his classic tales such as: "The Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, "and "The Ugly Duckling," 38 of your favorite tales in all. This deluxe Children's Classic edition is produced with high-quality, leatherlike binding with gold stamping, full-color covers, colored endpapers with a book nameplate. Some of the other titles in this series include: Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Heidi, King Arthur and His Knights and The Secret Garden.


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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales are like exquisite jewels, drawing from us gasps of recognition and delight. Andersen created intriguing and unique characters -- a tin soldier with only one leg but a big heart, a beetle nestled deep in a horse's mane but harboring high aspirations. Each one of us at some time, has been touched by one of Andersen's Fairy Tales. Here y Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales are like exquisite jewels, drawing from us gasps of recognition and delight. Andersen created intriguing and unique characters -- a tin soldier with only one leg but a big heart, a beetle nestled deep in a horse's mane but harboring high aspirations. Each one of us at some time, has been touched by one of Andersen's Fairy Tales. Here you'll find his classic tales such as: "The Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, "and "The Ugly Duckling," 38 of your favorite tales in all. This deluxe Children's Classic edition is produced with high-quality, leatherlike binding with gold stamping, full-color covers, colored endpapers with a book nameplate. Some of the other titles in this series include: Anne of Green Gables, Black Beauty, Heidi, King Arthur and His Knights and The Secret Garden.

30 review for Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

  1. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Collections like these are wonderful. Whether you want to read through the full collection or you’re simply looking for a single fairy tale, it is up to you. It’s so good for picking and choosing the fairy tales as you see fit. In all honesty, though, I would recommend giving all the fairy tales a read as it is great to be able to sit and read them all in their glory.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Galvin

    My copy of this book was handed down to me by my Father. It is an ancient book with brown pages and a missing dust jacket. It looks like it was printed in the 40’s but I can’t be sure because the book does not contain a verso. The first tale is that of the stork and in keeping with the theme of the book is undeniably sweet, but also twisted. There are definitely morals behind each and every tale, but not all the morals are ones I necessarily share. Possibly because of their heavily Christian unde My copy of this book was handed down to me by my Father. It is an ancient book with brown pages and a missing dust jacket. It looks like it was printed in the 40’s but I can’t be sure because the book does not contain a verso. The first tale is that of the stork and in keeping with the theme of the book is undeniably sweet, but also twisted. There are definitely morals behind each and every tale, but not all the morals are ones I necessarily share. Possibly because of their heavily Christian undertones. Some of the stories could be very hit and miss but I did enjoy learning about the macarbe truths of stories such as the little mermaid where the witch, instead of just taking the little mermaid’s beautiful singing voice, cuts out her tongue. The little mermaid is then given a potion which grants her legs but to walk on them feels like being stabbed by a thousand knives and in the end the prince doesn’t even fall in love with her, which of course kills the mermaid (literally). She gave up her life, her family and her voice just to have him marry someone else. But it’s all meant to be okay because she ends up going to heaven for all she has sacrificed. It was interesting to see how the stories were originally written and how much Disney changed them completely. I particularly liked the stories ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘The Daisy’.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    What I expected interesting but won't pick up again...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This collection contains forty of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales. It begins with “The Princess and the Pea” and “Thumbelina” and concludes with “The Book of Fairy Tales.” Well-known favorites such as “The Snow Queen,” “The Wild Swans,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “The Little Mermaid” are intermingled with less well-known stories such as “The Shadow” and “The Fir-Tree.” Neil Philip’s introduction gives the reader a sense of who Hans Christian Anderson was This collection contains forty of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales. It begins with “The Princess and the Pea” and “Thumbelina” and concludes with “The Book of Fairy Tales.” Well-known favorites such as “The Snow Queen,” “The Wild Swans,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “The Little Mermaid” are intermingled with less well-known stories such as “The Shadow” and “The Fir-Tree.” Neil Philip’s introduction gives the reader a sense of who Hans Christian Anderson was as a person, and Isabelle Brent’s mosaic-like borders and use of rich colors and gold leaf give the entire book the feel of a medieval illuminated manuscript. The illustrations give the reader the sense of looking through a window into the story, and they perfectly echo the tone of each story, sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, and often tinged with just a bit of sadness. Hans Christian Anderson’s stories were originally published between 1835 and 1837.

  5. 5 out of 5

    rebecca ☂

    top 3 tales - the little mermaid - the ice maiden - the wild swans

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lv2readB

    Anderson, H.C. (1995). Fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson. New York: Viking. Summary: A compilation of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales, including: The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Wild Swans, The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Shadow, It’s Perfectly True!, Grief, Father’s Always Right, and The Snowman. There is an Introduction by Neil Philip, who details some of Hans Christian Anderson’s life and comments son a few of his Anderson, H.C. (1995). Fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson. New York: Viking. Summary: A compilation of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales, including: The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina, The Wild Swans, The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, The Shadow, It’s Perfectly True!, Grief, Father’s Always Right, and The Snowman. There is an Introduction by Neil Philip, who details some of Hans Christian Anderson’s life and comments son a few of his works. The illustrations are few and far between- this isn’t a book for primary readers, although could be used as a read-aloud for that age group. Reviews/Awards: Horn Book Guide 3/1/1996 Publisher's Weekly 12/11/1995 School Library Journal 12/1/1995 Booklist 11/15/1995 Kirkus Review 10/15/1995 Curriculum Connection: Use this collection of 12 stories to help 3rd graders write fractured fairy tales in writing. Grades: K-6

  7. 5 out of 5

    Piggie

    This is where so many stories began. The ugly duckling, the princess and the pea, the emperor's new clothes... Stories that I grew up with. They are simple and yet they carry morals and meanings. Some that I agree with and some that I don't. But I find it amazing that such a short story can carry so much meaning. I would love to master such in my own writing!. I've known for a long time that these stories were originally written by Hans Christian Andersen but this is the first time I have gone an This is where so many stories began. The ugly duckling, the princess and the pea, the emperor's new clothes... Stories that I grew up with. They are simple and yet they carry morals and meanings. Some that I agree with and some that I don't. But I find it amazing that such a short story can carry so much meaning. I would love to master such in my own writing!. I've known for a long time that these stories were originally written by Hans Christian Andersen but this is the first time I have gone and read them. I listened to an audio version over at Librivox, you can listen here: https://librivox.org/hans-christian-a...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    3.5 I listened to the audio book and I don't know what version I was listening to, but it didn't include some classics I really want to read such as The Little Mermaid and Thumbelina. However, there were some of what I thought were really beautiful stories in my version which I also felt had a spark of originality lacking in a huge number of classic fairy tales. On the other hand, some of the moral undertones of the stories were so outdated that it was difficult to enjoy these.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cataguincornus

    This book was boring. Boring boring soooo boring. Maybe it's just me cuz this book has pretty good reviews. sorry. Dnf it was too boring. I spent like almost 2 months reading it and basically stopped reading it. then I got back on cuz I had nothing better. Soooo yeah, I would not recommend.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Fave tales from childhood must include The Princess and the Pea & The Ugly Duckling. Fave tales from childhood must include The Princess and the Pea & The Ugly Duckling.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Trần Duyên

    Everyone need to grow up enough to read fairy tales again. And again.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kaju Janowski

    Some of them sad, some eye-opening, few not-so-bad, couple kinky, several hilarious, one or two just admirable. You've got to now at least a dozen.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Malka

    A fantastic collection of one of my most loved childhood stories but with out being overly-disney-esque. The endings are..... more realistic? Quick read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The collection of 129 Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson are sad yet charming tales woven with woe and joy, lessons for readers to learn about what one must learn as a child to mature into an adult. In one well-known tale of the “Little Mermaid,” the protagonist makes a pact with a sea witch. She must make a prince become as enamored with her as she is with him, but in order to be able to live on land with two legs, she must kill the prince’s betrothed. She finds that she cannot sacrifice he The collection of 129 Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson are sad yet charming tales woven with woe and joy, lessons for readers to learn about what one must learn as a child to mature into an adult. In one well-known tale of the “Little Mermaid,” the protagonist makes a pact with a sea witch. She must make a prince become as enamored with her as she is with him, but in order to be able to live on land with two legs, she must kill the prince’s betrothed. She finds that she cannot sacrifice her prince’s love for her own desires, and so she returns to the seas foam. She can eventually reach heaven after 300 years, but each time she cries in sadness, her stay on earth as sea foam is extended. However, for each child who smiles and behaves well, the mermaid gets one year off her sentence, and for each child who cries or behaves badly, another day gets added. “The Ugly Duckling” is about an orphan duckling who hatches into family of ducks. He gets endlessly made fun of for being different looking than the other ducklings, but at the point when he wants to die from shame of being different, a group of swans stops to admire his beauty, for he is actually a swan. This tale teachers readers to be true to themselves, for even though they may not fit the mold of others, they will eventually become beautiful in their own special way. Hence, Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales are stories used to teach children about behavior as part of their experience in growing up.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sheetal Dash

    I have always been a fan of the original versions of fairy tales, so I picked this book up a few years ago, just to read for myself. A few weeks ago my six year old found it hidden among my millions of other books, and asked me to read it to her. While easy to read silently, it is a bit hard to get into the rythm of the wording at first, but after stumbling through a few paragraphs, it becomes much easier to handle.Unlike The Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen wrote all his ow I have always been a fan of the original versions of fairy tales, so I picked this book up a few years ago, just to read for myself. A few weeks ago my six year old found it hidden among my millions of other books, and asked me to read it to her. While easy to read silently, it is a bit hard to get into the rythm of the wording at first, but after stumbling through a few paragraphs, it becomes much easier to handle.Unlike The Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen wrote all his own stories. However, these, like Grimm, were intended for adult audiences, not children. Andersen is better known for tales like Thumbelina, The Emperor's New Suit, The Snow Queen, and The Little Mermaid, to name a few. Don't expect happily ever after, a lot of these tales are sad. While others are happy, sad, like the character dies but goes to heaven to be reunited with love ones, type thing. Though few of these tales are Fairy Tales in the modern definition, they are an enjoyable read. A lot of tales teach morals, have Christian connections, some are just fun and others can run a little on the serious side. Bare in mind, if you are familiar with Disney's The Little Mermaid, the original is similar in some ways but very different from the child friendlier version.Unlike Grimm, these tales are children friendly. Though some tales would be better for older children than younger.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Edith

    I have always loved fairy tales and Hans Christian Andersen is the author of some of the best ever written. The whimsical prose, fanciful characters, and richly embellished detail allow each story to give wings to the reader’s heart and send it sailing off to fantasy land. Oh Hans, no one does it better than you. Reading this was an especially incredible experience because my mom gifted me a gorgeous collectors edition of this book for an early Christmas present, complete with full color illustr I have always loved fairy tales and Hans Christian Andersen is the author of some of the best ever written. The whimsical prose, fanciful characters, and richly embellished detail allow each story to give wings to the reader’s heart and send it sailing off to fantasy land. Oh Hans, no one does it better than you. Reading this was an especially incredible experience because my mom gifted me a gorgeous collectors edition of this book for an early Christmas present, complete with full color illustrations that capture the fantastical worlds of fairies, ghosts, goblins, elfs, witches, kings, queens, and knights in shining armor. It was such a pleasure to read and enjoy. This is a book I’ll spend my life going back to. 💜

  17. 4 out of 5

    Summer

    Hans Christian Anderson may have been the best story teller who has ever lived. It's so easy for me to imagine being his child or grandchild, looking forward to bedtime just so he would make up a bedtime story for me. Reading this large volume of his stories made me think that he must have written down every story that ever popped into his head. I've always wanted to be a writer. I wonder now how many ideas that have popped into my head that I thought were silly or strange and just brushed aside Hans Christian Anderson may have been the best story teller who has ever lived. It's so easy for me to imagine being his child or grandchild, looking forward to bedtime just so he would make up a bedtime story for me. Reading this large volume of his stories made me think that he must have written down every story that ever popped into his head. I've always wanted to be a writer. I wonder now how many ideas that have popped into my head that I thought were silly or strange and just brushed aside and forgot about...I wonder if I should have just written them down to see where they would lead.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Brown

    I have always wanted to read the original fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, and I am so glad I did. Beautifully written, and each teaching a moral truth, they were truly magical. Some were funny, like The Emperor's New Clothes, and some were tragic, like The Little Match Girl, but I enjoyed them all. I was also a little surprised at how many of them I didn't realize were actually his work. Such a wonderful read, for adults, as well as children. (Although, there are a couple you may not wan I have always wanted to read the original fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, and I am so glad I did. Beautifully written, and each teaching a moral truth, they were truly magical. Some were funny, like The Emperor's New Clothes, and some were tragic, like The Little Match Girl, but I enjoyed them all. I was also a little surprised at how many of them I didn't realize were actually his work. Such a wonderful read, for adults, as well as children. (Although, there are a couple you may not want to read to younger children.)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sara Shupe

    I loved to watch the movie "Hans Christian Anderson" with the actor Danny Kaye when I was a kid. I came across it again on hulu the other day and realized I have never actually read his fairy tales. I have heard the ugly duckling many times, but did not realize how many other famous stories were actually his. The Snow Queen was my favorite and one I had never heard of before. It was fun to discover my childhood again :-)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Takashi Ikegami

    - 3 hours to read - 7 words delightful, tales, forehead, haughty, court-yard, seaman, voyage - Discussion question 1. What kind of tree do you like? - Of course,"Cherry blossom". It is the symbol of Japan. Also, from blossoming to being fallen, it is very beautiful for me. 2. Which season do you like? - I like summer because I was born in summer, so I like summer. Also, we don't have to wear clothes more and more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    A collection of fairy tales from Northern Europe, this volume of stories contains priceless stories that inspired many Disney movies, operas, ballets, and more. Because the stories are specific to a certain region and period in time, they could be used to teach about cultures, as well as the genre of fairy tales themselves. The tales often have a moral as well, and could spark discussion on ethics and morality.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    Mr. Andersen is oddly brilliant. The tales he created were so original it's unbelievable that they worked together. I don't doubt that there are hidden meanings in each tale... some obvious and some hidden for the artistic reader. It was neat to discover the original tales of old. I would just take your time reading them so you don't get overwhelmed by his odd creations. And I swear his favorite word is charming. haha

  23. 4 out of 5

    Evan Micheals

    I read this book to test its suitability as a book of bedtime stories for the kids. I was familiar with some of the tales, but it might be evidence of more poor intellect that I found the stories hard to comprehend. The less well known stuff was hard to follow (The Shoes of Fortune took up a quarter of the book, and was really hard). Generally – I would recommend watching the cartoons rather than reading the original prose (unless you are much smarter than I).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lesia Schofer

    As a school library teacher, I've enjoyed sharing fairy tales with students of all ages. The fairy tales, written by Hans Christian Andersen, were very personal in nature, autobiographic in many ways, and teaching love and friendship in so many ways. These works of art and creative, touching, and memorable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Naliza Fahro-Rozi

    Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales are like exquisite jewels, drawing from us gasps of recognition and delight. Andersen created intriguing and unique characters -- a tin soldier with only one leg but a big heart, a beetle nestled deep in a horse's mane but harboring high aspirations. Each one of us at some time, has been touched by one of Andersen's Fairy Tales.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lara Rouse

    These are absolutely amazing. I never realized how mind-opening fairy tales could be. People associate fairy tales with Disney princesses and happy endings, but not is so limiting and untrue. Fairy tales remind me of science fiction in the freedom of it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katia

    I love fairy tales and I'm so glad that finally I was able to read the original version from Andersen. They are full of magic of course but not always you find roses and cheesy moments, they show more realistic feelings -in my opinion-.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    "The Snow Queen" - 13/06/17; 09/02/02 "Anne Lisbeth" - 13/06/14 "The Ice Maiden" - 13/06/14 The Emperor's New Clothes The Fir Tree The Little Match Girl The Little Mermaid The Princess and the Pea The Shepherdess and the Sweep The Steadfast Tin Soldier The Ugly Duckling The Wild Swans

  29. 5 out of 5

    Samer Lawand

    I am on a pilgrimage to read a list of 501 books. I started with the fairy talesa. There are several hundred reviews on this book; and I will share the most memorable tale to me was the shadow and the wicked prince 1/501.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marta

    I liked this book, however irrelevant religious comments are quite annoying to a non religious person. Some stories are quite deep but some seem to have little sense and look rather like a cluster of random things that happen.

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