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A collection of twelve fairy stories by Hans Andersen, among them THE FLYING TRUNK, THE STEADFAST TIN-SOLDIER, THE FIR TREE, THE COLLAR and THE UGLY DUCKLING. With colour and black and white illustrations by Chris Riddell.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Danish
Grade 4 Up. Droll, poignant, and witty, these stories shrewdly characterize and brilliantly caricature human foibles. Shallow judgment, vanity, and social snobbery are humorously embodied in such anthropomorphized objects as darning needles and shirt collars. Of the stories included, the best-known is doubtlessly "The Steadfast Tin Soldier"; the rest are seldom anthologized. Although "The Flying Trunk" seems the most fairy-talelike, with a bold suitor and a beautiful princess, it is really about the lure of storytelling and the pitfall of impossible aspirations. Half a dozen more tales turn on thwarted love or disappointed hope. Potential lovers are inherently mismatched: a shepherdess and a chimney sweep, a top and a ball, a snowman and a stove. A tone of yearning for the unreachable imbues these stories with nostalgia, an adult emotion?but luckily, Riddell's marvelously fine pen vignettes and detailed but delicate full-page watercolors are calculated to absorb all attention unclaimed by Andersen's satire or sentiment. The translation is lively and only slightly British. The classic illustrations fit the 19th-century source of the stories, without diminishing their timeless application to perennial human weakness. The human comedy?what the money pig and the other nursery toys call "playing People"?is the real subject of this elegant and animated collection.?Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110744532981
Book Description Walker Books Ltd. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0744532981 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.1994237