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The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen Paperback – June 16, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (June 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618311092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618311095
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The whimsical, often astonishingly complex paper cuttings executed by Hans Christian Andersen serve as the subject as well as the principal illustrations of this attractively designed book. Striking cutouts, typically from white or light-colored paper, are set off by dramatic black backgrounds. A succinct text outlines the major events in Andersen's life, from his childhood in a slum of Odense to his later career as a celebrated writer. As Brust emphasizes, Andersen's paper cuttings were an integral part of his storytelling performances: he cut while he spoke, unfolding a finished piece at the end of his tale. A final chapter describes some of Andersen's paper-cutting techniques and discusses the history of that art form. An intriguing glimpse of the famous author's lesser-known talent. Ages 7-9.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up-As a storyteller, Andersen relied on simple language and dramatic gestures to tap the imagination of his listeners. Sometimes, it seems, he also supplemented his tellings with the making of paper cuttings, a popular craft in the mid-19th century. Brust provides a skeleton biography of Andersen using anecdotal reports of some of the occasions when he employed his handicraft to entertain children, capture a scene during his travels, and even as a sort of universal language when in a foreign country. The more than 20 reproductions demonstrate his imaginative use of materials. While none illustrate any of his stories, many cuttings demonstrate his skill in liberating intricate shapes and in designing complex, interlocking compositions. Nevertheless, the use of "amazing" in the title is a bit of an exaggeration. Rather, the book's value is in showing a little-known facet of the man's personality. The writing is direct and informative and uses quotations from letters and diaries to spice up the simple prose; the chapter on the art of paper cutting is a useful presentation of the technical processes. An unusual book that combines biography and creativity.
Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The design of the book is very appealing.
Shelley Noble
As a storyteller I love to tell stories by Hans Christian Anderson and was thrilled to find out he was an accomplished cutter of paper.
Myndy
Hans Christian Andersen fans will love this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Story Collector on April 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
Like so many Americans, I had no idea HC Andersen was a paper-cutting genius, until reading the series of articles by Ms. Brust in the LA Times. Not to mention that he cut these "amazing" intricate pieces while telling one of his stories to a roomful of listeners at the same time.

The book's a treasure in that I feel like I've discovered gold within. Not simply a children's book, it's so well written and full of surprises, I think it will appeal to readers of all ages, from the casually curious child or adult to the Andersen enthusiast like me.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Book Nut on November 21, 2005
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I'm a paper artist who also happens to be a Hans Christian Andersen fan. I bought the book for myself, although it would be a terrific selection for a child who likes to use scissors and glue or who might be interested in the person behind some of their favorite fairy tales. It's hard to find many printed examples outside of Denmark of Hans Christian Andersen's cut paper work. Beth Wagner Brust is a paper cutter herself and brings this enthusiasm to her book. She has performed a great service for Andersen fans and paper cutters of all ages.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Myndy on February 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a storyteller I love to tell stories by Hans Christian Anderson and was thrilled to find out he was an accomplished cutter of paper. While his paper cuttings are much more intricate than the ones I do when I tell stories, the author helped me to understand that his ability to tell stories while cutting paper is a good way to keep the attention of small children. I found that "Grandma's Magic Scissors" by Linda S. Day was a good book to learn basic paper cutting skills and hope that someday I can learn to cut the intricate designs that this master storyteller cut, although I think I will carry my scissors in a bag and not my boot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Noble on May 26, 2009
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I love this book. The cuttings have a crude charm that most of the popular current pieces don't. The text is as interesting as the many cuttings pictured are, which surprised me. I can only imagine the wonder described at sitting in a circle around Mr. Anderson as he told a wonderful story, snipping paper as he spoke. Only to unfold a magical cutting filled with characters in the story, just as he finished the telling. Eyes must have grown wide with delight.

The design of the book is very appealing. It feels like a precious work of art in it's own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thom Heyer on October 16, 2013
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Interesting little book on a life-time activity & talent of Hans Christian Andersen--who knew he did these amazing paper-cuts?!? Makes me want to investigate further--the sign of a good book! Prompt service from the dealer......no complaints--crazy-good price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina Seligman on August 30, 2013
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I always loved his stories, but never knew he created these intricate paper cuts. I would highly recommend this book.
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