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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618344209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618344208
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Colorful pictures portray the classic story. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 - A menagerie of animals and a clown-faced Emperor drawn in Rowe's distinctive style populate this version of Andersen's classic tale. It is a modern and succinct retelling that works well for sharing aloud. The story is shortened but otherwise is mostly faithful to the original, except for a surprise ending in which the Emperor joins the crowd in laughing at himself. However, Rowe's highly unusual illustrations are the main attraction, and perhaps also the drawback, to this book. The artwork is full of Bosch-like details, and it is sometimes difficult to tell what is going on. Some children may delight in the rosy-cheeked populace, but others may be put off by their eccentricity. Yet the depiction of the naked Emperor prancing and posing is delightfully expressive. Many other illustrated versions of this story are available, making this one an additional purchase. - Robin L. Gibson, formerly at Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Easy to read and the kids love it.
Judith Bruner
We have several of these books now and I see my son sitting down and reading them on his own.
Astrologer Dawn
This is a great version of this fairy tale.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The format of this book and the others like them give a young reader a very enjoyable experience. The adult side helps to embellish the story but the children's side lets a new reader be part of the story not just a listener. Our first grader takes great pride in his part of the book and seems to have better comprehension. These are a great find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I read this book to my little sister, she is 9 and thought it was the funnist book she had ever heared of. She really liked the part were the emporer.... well I won't give the ending away. But, I hope you enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bess Kuzma on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This version of the Emperor's New Clothes cleverly avoids the inherent challenge of how to portray the naked Emperor at the end of the story by having all of the characters be animals. Other recent versions even show him wearing underwear - a solution to the challenge, but in my mind, not true to the original tale. The illustrations are fabulous, and the moral of the story is still the same - an important one for both children and adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kayly on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Nickelodean TV featured a version of this story on its' Ruby & Max cartoon series so thought I'd carry it a step further by getting the book to read to my grandson. This one has marvelous artwork and our "Max" loved looking at the pictures and hearing the story read to him. A little difficult to get the moral across but you can easily expand on the story while reading it and I think we'll read it again sometime. Enjoy reading old tales to my grandchildren that I heard when I was young. Called 4 bookstores in my area and none of them carried it. Thanks to Amazon, you can find pretty much everything you're looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles P. Roof on September 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have seen several versions of the story on TV but I was blown away by the art of Virginia Lee Burton in adapting this Hans Christian Anderson fable. For us visual types the art helps frame the story. It is also cleaverly done when the emperpor is looking in the mirror the angle is such that we see what the empoer sees. It is a great story for early elementary teachers (grades 1 and 2) to read aloud to their reading groups. It is also a good story for remedial English learners because it is an interesting story and the vocabulary is straight forward. It woulld be an excellent project for student teachers to use for any of their reading class projects. As with all fables it has a moral without being religious.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Anderson's classic tale of the Emperor has taken a new twist with an elegance never before found in art work. The setting has changed to the early 1900's with cars, planes, pet dogs as part of royalty. I think it will appeal to a mature audiance. One could browse the pages as if they were a museum.

The dogs are a marvelous touch. Looking under a stand-up mirror is an adorable belly-up dog watching the emperor as he puts on his magnificant clothes. All one sees of the emperor at this point are two bare feet. Two pups are gleefully making off with the emperor's cocks.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexa Raven on April 4, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
Generally, I do not care for audio books; many of the readers speak in a dull voice that rapidly drives me either away from the story or to sleep. However, there are a few exceptions; this is one.
Understand, that this is not the normal audio book; this edtion has a large cast of actors who collaborated to produce this item as a fund raiser for Starbright.
The result is an ensemble piece that is witty and charming. Part of the fun for me, was guessing who was reading before looking at the cast list included in the box.
Other folks feel that this isn't for children; I don't know as I don't have children, but I found that my "inner child" was highly entertained for 40 minutes with this tape.
If you are a fan of one or more of the actors in this edition or like puns (there are many here!), then you will probably like the Starbright edtion of the Emporer's New Clothes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Ellingwood VINE VOICE on April 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The emperor has no clothes but don't tell anyone else about it. You may be stupid or unfit for your position. This book has great illustrations and a great retelling. Highly recommended.
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