Book: Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales, An Illustrated Classic
Author: J. Emmerson
Illustrators: Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson and Harry Clarke
Hardcover: 260 pages
Publisher: Canterbury Classics (2017)
Genre: Juvenile fiction
Ages: 8-12; grades 3-6
Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales, An Illustrated Classic contains eighteen of his best including The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, and The Little Mermaid. Although they have been told for more than 150 years, the lessons within each centering on being seen as stupid, transformation for the better, and attaining a soul and life everlasting are meant to inspire people to be better and do more.
This Critic’s Review:
Anderson’s characters are inspirational because of flaws like pride, vanity, envy. Some overcome; some do not in a variety of dark and humorous plots. 150 year of telling make Anderson’s Fairy Tales a universal staple in world literature for readers young to old.
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