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The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen Hardcover – November 15, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (November 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836526751
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836526753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The author:
Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, a day that has since become known as International Children’s Book Day. An only child with a voracious imagination and creative streak, Andersen was nurtured in his education by his father as well as several key sponsors. Andersen wrote novels, poems, and 168 tales, many of which have become international classics. By the end of his life, Andersen’s tales had made him famous, and he was deemed a “national treasure” by the Danish government.

The editor:
TASCHEN editor Noel Daniel graduated from Princeton University, and studied in Berlin on a Fulbright Scholarship. She received a master’s in London and was the director of a photography art gallery before becoming a book editor. Her TASCHEN books include The Circus 1870–1950 (2008), Magic 1400s–1950s (2009), and two illustrated volumes of fairy tales: The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2011) and The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (2013).

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The book is beautifully illustrated and the bio of HCA is very good.
marygme
For me, the harder choice is between the "Annotated Hans Christian Andersen" and this Taschen edition, particularly because I like the both translations.
book lover
Seeing the print of that favorite tale on the cover, we opened the book right away.
Grandparents of Three

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By book lover on December 11, 2013
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There are lots of compilations of Hans Christian Andersen stories out there. In my opinion, this Taschen compilation is one of the best for kids. I decided to buy this book because I already have the Taschen edition of Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. This book has lived up to what I've come to expect from Taschen: good translations, fabulous illustrations, good quality paper and (in my opinion), good binding.

Also, this is important to note: I am reviewing the HARDCOVER version. I suspect that the paperback version is not the same book.

This Taschen edition compiled by Noel Daniels contains the following stories:

The Old Man is Always Right
The Darning Needle (illustrated by Maurice Sendak)
The Princess and the Pea
The Farmyard Cock and the Weather Cock
Twelve by Mail Coach
The Nightingale
The Little Mermaid
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Snowqueen
The Swineheard
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Flea and the Professor
Thumbelina
Little Ida's Flowers
The Tinderbox
The Sweethearts
Ole' Shut Eye
Five Peas in a Pod
The Ugly Duckling
The Sheperdess and the Chimney Sweep (illustrated by Kay Nielson)
The Flying Trunk
The Little Match Girl
The Tinderbox
The Pen and the Inkstand

*****AN EXCERPT FROM THIS BOOK*****
One thing that I always want to know before I buy a book of fairy tales is how well it is translated. Unfortunately, at the time of my review, you can't see inside the Taschen edition. Here is an excerpt from the very beginning of the Snow Queen Story:

"Now Then! We will begin. When the story is done, you shall know a great deal more than you do now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sands Fronteyaire on December 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This compilation is satisfying on many levels. The care that has gone into the creation of this book is beyond question. The richly dyed clothe exterior makes it pleasing to the eye and to the touch. Between its covers, Noel Daniel has assembled a thoughtful selection of stories and illustrations. The book has something for everyone. Children will love the large, colorful pictures and the readable translation. Adults will enjoy the historical context (in the general introduction, the story introductions, and the illustrator biographies) and the diversity of the art-work, which spans three centuries of well-known and lesser-known artists from around the globe. Great on a coffee table or on the kid’s shelf, the book is a wonderful source for dinner conversation and bed-time story telling. I highly recommend it.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 6, 2014
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I agree with much of what is in the longer and stronger reviews, but have some reservations. The production, with the illustrations from many different sources, is magnificent. From that point of view it is a book that one might still have as an adult to read to one’s children and grandchildren – and to one’s self. In fact, I still have my own beautifully illustrated Dutch translation (Scheltema & Holkema, Amsterdam, fourth printing, not dated – but I am 80 years old).
To me, the language of the English translation is not as strong as that of the Dutch (I wish I could compare with the Danish original).
Here is the first sentence of the story of the emperor and the nightingale.
First from my own old copy, translated almost word for word: “In China, as you may know, the emperor is a Chinese and all the people, who he has around him, are also Chinese.”
The present work has, “The emperor of China is a Chinaman, as you most likely know, and everyone around him is a Chinaman.”
The denouement of this review is that I bought the book to take as a present for the small children of a former Chinese student who now lives in Hong Kong, when I visit him next month. That is no longer an option; rather than return the book, I will paste “Chinese” over “Chinaman” and give the book to my littlest grandchildren.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandparents of Three on December 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
For a spectacular journey to the land of fairy tales, The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen is a must. The book itself is stunningly beautiful with its compelling design, true color, and quality of prints and silhouettes, featuring the creativity of twenty-four artists. In reading to our children and grandchildren, we have always been intrigued by the tale of "The Princess and the Pea." Seeing the print of that favorite tale on the cover, we opened the book right away. All is captivating in presentation, and in the retelling, the tales are lyrically written. There is a pleasing unity given to this collection of tales by the use throughout of silhouettes commissioned especially for the book. Interestingly, while reading the Editor's Note by editor Noel Daniel, we were surprised and pleased to discover that "one of the recurring motifs in Andersen's tales is the simple green pea" (!) ....an apt metaphor for the imagination of a child. Sufficiently nourished, it will seek the sun. May this book be part of the journey." The beauty, creativity and compelling renditions of Andersen's tales combine to nourish, entertain, and lead the way into a land of rich imagination amidst enchanting surroundings!
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