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The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen

by Beth Wagner Brust

Other authors: Hans Christian Andersen (Illustrator)

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Hans was not the most skilled comparing to the super detailed silhouettes (see page 61) but certainly incredible and creative in sharing his very impressive talent (see page 58 and other samples in book) ( )
  Mikenielson | Oct 26, 2014 |
Though the book reads somewhat like a biography of Hans Christian Anderson, the text focuses on a more obscure talent of Anderson's--the art of paper cutting. We know Anderson was a skilled story teller; what I did not know until I read this book was Anderson's ability to cut his story out of paper. Using photographs of the existing paper cuttings, Brust shares how many of the existing pieces came into being: Anderson would tell stories for children while he stayed in their homes, and as he told the story, he would cut paper in particular places. When he finished the story, he unfolded the paper to reveal intricate artwork. I enjoyed the use of pictures in the text; it would be difficult to appreciate Anderson's skill with scissors without the photographs.

I could easily use this book in a nonfiction unit for a middle school ELA course or an early high school ELA course. I would use it to teach the research and writing processes, since Brust takes a familiar topic, Hans Christian Anderson, and then shares something the audience likely does not know about the topic. I could have students take a familiar historical figure and use the research process to write about a lesser-known area of his or her life. ( )
  amclellan0908 | Apr 23, 2012 |
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Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish storyteller whose fairy tales are known all over the world, was also a gifted artist. He made hundreds, perhaps thousands, of paper cuttings of swans, clowns, toy theaters, windmills, angels, and other whimsical images. Often he made the paper cuttings while telling a story, then gave them to the children listening to him. In this inspired biography, Beth Wagner Brust tells the story of Andersen as an artist who used his many talents to escape the poverty into which he was born and who entertained others with not only his famous stories but also his innovative and original art.

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Reveals that Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was also a gifted artist whose paper cuttings, photographs of which are included here, were as innovative as his stories and gave great pleasure to the people around him.

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