Includes a few long stories (The Shoes of Fortune; The Snow Queen) and a bunch of short stories (The Emperor's New Clothes; The Real Princess) by Hans Christian Andersen, although this is by no means all that he wrote.
The Emperor's New Clothes The Swineherd The Real Princess (this is the Princess and the Pea) The Shoes of Fortune The Fir Tree The Snow Queen The Leap-Frog The Elderbush The Bell The Old House The Happy Family The Story of a Mother The False Collar The Shadow The Little Match Girl The Dream of Little Tuk The Naughty Boy The Red Shoes
The pages have gold-leafed edges, and there is a ribbon bookmark. There is also some metallic on the cover, and the illustrations on the inside are great. I have not read the text (giving it as a gift for a new baby), but the type is easy to read. The paper is of the super-thin Norton Anthology/Bible variety (hence the 4 stars), but anything thicker would make the book large and heavy, so understood. That said, read it to your kids, but don't let them play with it too hard or you'll probably end up with torn pages. The price of this book is great though, for a decent quality hardback that is a full collection.
Excellent edition, however I had hoped to receive one with colour plates rather than the black and white plates. This was my only disappointment. The book was luxuriously bound and beautifully put together. All the stories are there, and it is funny how ones memories can play tricks as I thought the description in the story The Tinder Box described one of the dogs as having 'eyes like saucers' when the book texted 'eyes like teacups' or 'eyes like towers'. I am in no position to argue, but the story still remains magical.
Worth having this in any serious book collection, but as the pages are quite fragile I would suggest avoiding letting children having free run of this in case it gets damaged, perhaps until they are at least about 8 with advanced reading capabilities.
There are many better translations out there, so there is no excuse to produce something that reads badly. I was disappointed and bought another edition. Mine is being resold on Amazon. I hate these bogus "classics."
This is a good book, I only wish that the pages were thicker and that the stories were spaced in a more, well, spacious way. the space between the end of one story and the begining of the next is only as big as a few lines. the type is also really small. None of this is really a problem, I understand that if they made the print larger, the spacing between stories larger, and made the pages thicker the book would probably weight 25lbs...and that would make reading it difficult wouldn't it? I am really glad that I got it.
There are some Kindle version formatting issues with this version, I'm afraid. There are a few points at which there should be poetry or quotations (italicized, indented text) but they are missing. Not a huge problem, but this means a long poem is missing from "The Shoes of Fortune" and the punch line of "The Old House" is lacking.
Aside from that, I found this collection uneven, and remembered why as I child I largely preferred Grimm's Tales.
There are a few real winners. I forgot how much I like "The Snow Queen". It's a long meandering tale with plenty of intriguing minor characters and the edges of lots of other stories surrounding the core. The scene in which Gerda hears the story that each flower knows was beautiful and very surreal. I adore the side plot about the vicious, but ultimately kindhearted, little robber girl. The ending is sort of a let down, sadly, but only because the first 3/4 are so good.
I also really enjoyed the other long one: "The Shoes of Fortune." It consists of a series of sub-stories about the eponymous shoes, which cause the wearer to receive whatever they wish for. Unlike in a more traditional fairy tale, the wish-receivers have no knowledge that it is the shoes that are affecting them, and the overall moral is 'be careful what you wish for'. The second section is especially amusing, in which a townsperson who had thoroughly romanticized the middle ages finds himself back there...much to his dismay.
"The Fir Tree" is moralizing, but has quite lovely use of language. "The Emperor's New Clothes" is a classic. "The Shadow" is proto-Twilight Zone. I approve of that.
There are quite a few more that are up and down: either not that interesting, or simply too odd for me.Read more ›
The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, Deluxe Edition is a very nice book. Of course the fairy tales that we all love are in the book, but the book itself is pretty. I am very happy with it.
The book was in extremely good conditions when it was delivered & the gold tips with the leather binding was great as this looks like an older version of the book like hard back books used to be made that lasted a very long time.