As bedtime short stories, both have undeniable charm and power. While The Princess and the Pea is above all fun and jolly, The Little Match Girl is sad but ultimately joyful. For any child, these Christian tales illustrate that however mysterious or even sad life may seem, every cloud has a silver lining!
The fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen wrote, such as "The Snow Queen," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Red Shoes," and "The Nightingale," are remarkable for their sense of fantasy, power of description, and acute sensitivity, and they are like no others written before or since. Unlike the Brothers Grimm, who collected and retold folklore, Andersen adopted the most ancient literary forms of the fairy tale and the folktale and distilled them into a genre that was uniquely his own.
Storyteller Hans Christian Andersen is famed for his heartwarming tales of enduring love and persistence in the face of adversity. Enchanting full-color images by Golden Age illustrator Edmund Dulac enhance Andersen's fairy tale of a girl's unshakable determination and stirring heroism, a classic that inspired the Disney animated film Frozen.
The tale is about the little poor girl who is sent out to sell matches, Christmas Eve. She freezes but does not dare to go home, to get warm she strokes the matches one by one, but eventually there are no more left.
The famous and much-loved Danish author Hans Christian Andersen celebrated his 200 anniversary the year 2005.
On this occasion we have published five of his best tales retold for children aged 3-9 years and with new illustrations: Tinderbox, The Little Match Girl, The Nightingale, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling.
Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Little Match Girl in 1848.
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The book is an excellent way to read Paragraph by Paragraph Translation along your kids.
Your little one can follow along as each individual English paragraph is paired with the corresponding German paragraph.
The paragraphs are not long, so there is no need to do a lot of back and forth to see the German translation and the English text.
The text is relatively simple vocabulary and grammar wise, but not very simple at all, so for beginners this should be a great challenge.
Denmark and Finland supplied the natural background for the quaint fancies and growing genius of their gifted son, who was story-teller, playwright, and poet in one. Love of nature, love of country, fellow-feeling with life in everything, and a wonderful gift for investing everything with life wrought together to produce in him a character whose spell is in all his writings. "The Story of My Life" is perhaps the most thrilling of all of them. Recognized in courts of kings and castles of nobles, he recited his little stories with the same simplicity by which he had made them familiar in cottages of the peasantry, and endeared himself alike to all who listened. These attributes, while they do not account for his genius, help us to unravel the charm of it. The simplest of the stories meet Ruskin's requirement for a child's story—they are sweet and sad.
From most writers who have contributed largely to children's literature only a few selected gems are likely to gain permanence. With Andersen the case is different. While there are such gems, the greater value lies in taking these stories as a type of literature and living in it a while, through the power of cumulative reading. It is not too much to say that there is a temper and spirit in Andersen which is all his own—a simple philosophy which continuous reading is sure to impart. For this reason these are good books for a child to own; an occasional re-reading will inspire in him a healthy, normal taste in reading. Many of the stories are of value to read to very young children. They guide an exuberant imagination along natural channels.
Among the most frequently translated works in literary history, these children’s classics invite readers of all ages to enjoy and rediscover the pleasures of time-honored tales.
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In this fresh, contemporary translation Rossel and Conroy have endeavored to �preserve for the English-speaking audience the engaging duplicity of Andersen�s style, the tension of play between his sympathetic conversational tone and his use of the studied effect.� This is a tension between the simplicity of stories intended to be read aloud to children ad the subtlety of the allegory skillfully woven into each for the adults who would be listening and �must have something to think about,� as Andersen said.
The introductions provide an overview of Andersen�s life and struggle to become an author, as well as an analysis of his contributions as an artist and storyteller. Each story has also been provided with an endnote giving publication dates, information about the genesis of the tale, and relevant comments by Andersen and other.
Readers who remember with nostalgia such tales as �The Ugly Duckling� and �The Little Match Girl� may be surprised to find the biting satire in many of the stories, such as �The Nightingale� and �The Gardener and the Lord and Lady,� the revealing self-portraits of the author in �The Sweethearts,� �The Butterfly,� and �The Shadow,� the mysticism of �The story of a Mother� and �The Bell� the prophetic quality of �In a Thousand Years Time,� and the complexity and charm of �the Snow Queen.�
The book contains the drawings of Vilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Frolich that originally appeared in the first illustrated Danish editions of Andersen�s tales and stories.
In this collection are twenty-two tales that best represent Andersen’s literary legacy, including such classics as “The Little Mermaid,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “Thumbelisa,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” as well as largely unfamiliar stories like “By the Outermost Sea.” Illuminating notes clarify references in the tales. And in an introductory essay, the Franks explore the writer and his times, placing the enigmatic and often bizarre figure of Andersen among his literary contemporaries, such as Charles Dickens and Søren Kierkegaard, with whom he crossed paths; and they bring to life Andersen’s fascinating relationship with the United States. Illustrated with the delicate and beautiful drawings that accompanied the original Danish publication, The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen will delight readers of all ages.
Equally, children who are discovering the joys of reading themselves, will find this adventure story thrilling and extremely engrossing. It is the perfect story to capture a child’s imagination while at the same time it offers a perfect starting point in the world of classic literature for children. Accompanied by vivid, eye-catching illustrations, this adventure book is an often overlooked classic, waiting to delight a whole new generation of young readers.
Dear Parent, please make a pace backwards to the times when everything was magic, and share it with your child.
The best illustrated fairytales for children!
Once upon a time were a couple of woodcutters so poor that they tried to abandon their seven sons. Despite the attempts of the youngest one, the parents succeeded and the children were left on their own. They started looking for help, far from imagining the problems they would have to face...
The collection "Once Upon a Time" offers a new and richly illustrated version of the most famous fairytales.
Once upon a time, there lived in the forest a poor logger’s family with seven sons. The family had no food to eat so the mother and father decided to abandon the seven sons in the forest to fend for themselves. The youngest son, Little Thumb, who got his name because he was just the size of a thumb at birth, heard his mother and father talking.
He decided to fill his pockets with pebbles and dropped them all along the path on their way to the forest. So the seven boys were able to find their way home.
In the same collection:
• The Ugly Duckling
• The Brave Little Tailor
• The Tin Soldier
• The Musicians of Bremen
• Hansel and Gretel
• Three Little Pigs
• Beauty and the Beast
• Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
• Puss in Boots
• Little Red Riding Hood
• Sleeping Beauty
• Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
• Peter Pan
The inspiration for Frozen, Hans Christian’s Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” is one of the most beloved fairy tales in history.
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The following favorites are included in the collection: The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Match Girl, The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling and Thumbelina.
Capturing the magic and cruelty of Hans Christian Andersen's original tale, this powerful new version reveals the spectacle of the worlds below and above the sea, and the sadness of unfulfilled romance between a mermaid and a prince.
This was a touring production by Sphinx Theatre Company which opened at Greenwich Theatre in September 2004.
Cinderella’s stepsisters got their eyes pecked out by birds.
Rumpelstiltskin ripped himself in half.
And in a tale called “The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage,” a mouse, a bird, and a sausage all talk to each other. Yes, the sausage talks. (Okay, I guess that one’s not that grim…)
Those are the real fairy tales.
But they have nothing on the story I’m about to tell.
This is the darkest fairy tale of all. Also, it is the weirdest. And the bloodiest.
It is the grimmest tale I have ever heard.
And I am sharing it with you.
Two children venture through forests, flee kingdoms, face ogres and demons and monsters, and, ultimately, find their way home. Oh yes, and they may die. Just once or twice.
That’s right. Fairy tales
* “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and Gidwitz deploys his successful formula of bloody happenings and narratorial intrusion in his third and final installment of unexpurgated fairy tales. … Underneath the gore, the wit, and the trips to Hell and back, this book makes it clearer than ever that Gidwitz truly cares about the kids he writes for.” —Publishers Weekly starred review
“Entertaining story-mongering, with traditional and original tropes artfully intertwined.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The conclusion to the trilogy that began with A Tale Dark and Grimm (2010) and continued with In a Glass Grimmly (2012, both Dutton) is equally gorey and awesomely dark. ... As innovative as they are traditional, the stories maintain clear connections with traditional Grimm tales while creatively connecting to the narrative, and all the while keeping the proceedings undeniably grisly and lurid. … Readers will rejoice.”— School Library Journal
For the Seven Oaks friends, there is always something to do. Whether they're singing along with Pokey Porcupine's harmonica or playing soccer with Jumper Rabbit, everyone is having fun and learning all sorts of things. These seven stories show how practicing the 7 Habits makes this possible for the whole Seven Oaks Community.
From learning how to take charge of their own lives to discovering how balance is best, the Seven Oaks friends have tons of adventures and find out how each and every kid can be a happy kid!