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Andersen's Fairy Tales (Wordsworth Children's Classics) (Wordsworth… (edition 1998)

by Hans Christian Andersen

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Title:Andersen's Fairy Tales (Wordsworth Children's Classics) (Wordsworth Classics)
Authors:Hans Christian Andersen
Info:Wordsworth Editions Ltd (1998), Paperback, 400 pages
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Andersen's Fairy Tales (Wordsworth Children's Classics) {~40 stories} by Hans Christian Andersen



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This is the unabridged collection of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. There are some very good tales in here, but that is not the norm. Most of the stories are confusing and/or boring, and his idea of a happy ending seems to be that the main character gets to die and go to heaven. This has a lot of religious content/ references. A few stories might be good for discussing unhappy endings. (That's my school review.)

Basically, this book combined with another slowed down my reading for an entire summer last year- it was just so dreadfully boring! I'm a fan of reading fairy tale retellings and originals, but these were awful! They were slow, boring reads, and, as I said, Anderson's idea of a happy ending is that the characters get to die and go to heaven. Yeah. Pretty disturbing. ( )
  the1butterfly | Nov 5, 2006 |
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This is a new selection of 30 tales. At a time when children's stories were formal, moral and didactic, Hans Christian Andersen revolutionized the genre, giving an anarchic twist to traditional folklore and creating a huge number of utterly original stories that sprang directly from his imagination. From the exuberant early stories such as "The Emperor's New Clothes", though poignant masterpieces such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling", to the darker, more subversive later tales written for adults, the stories included here are endlessly experimental, both humorous and irreverent, sorrowful and strange. This book - beautifully illustrated with a selection of Andersen's amazing paper cut-outs - will bring these magical tales to life for readers of any age.

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This collection of over forty of Andersen's most popular stories includes "The Ugly Duckling", "The Red Shoes", and "The Little Match Girl." 9 yrs+.

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