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Favourite Tales from Hca (H) Hardcover – March 1, 2002

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'Beautifully illustrated... this book makes an ideal, and long lasting, present.' -- Family Interest Magazine

About the Author

Anastasiya Archipova works in Moscow as an illustrator. She has illustrated many children's books including Favourite Grimm's Tales.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086315347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863153471
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Cyber Gypsy on February 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
am extremely fussy about the quality of literature I read to my children. We have a huge bookshelf full of children's books. This one takes the prize on so many levels;

1. Quality and beauty of the writing, its use of poetic words and sentence structure.

2. Not dumbed down for children, therefore challenges their thinking and imagination, while also retaining its original messages about virtues and goodness.

3. Exquisite pictures.

4. Keeps my son's attention more than anything. He has learnt far more from this book than any other.

5. Not boring for adults who have to read the stories unteen times!

I have not found a better version of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales.

The Swineherd and The Snow Queen are exquisite! Though there are a couple of stories I wouldn't read to my children. "The Christmas Tree" in this form is not for children, despite the sound of the name, but a haunting and brutally honest story for adults nevertheless.

After reading Archipova's fairy-tale versions, it's difficult to return to other books, since everything else thereafter sounds inferior to the ear!

I keep returning to this book and her Grimms fairy tales books time and again. I haven't found anything else out there with the same quality and I could have saved a lot of money by simply buying this, the Grimms one and our other favorite The Little Troll. That's all you need!

Here is the IBSN for the Grimms collection;

The other book is this one;

ISBN-10: 0863153186
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The artwork is gorgeous but many of the stories are disturbing (the sea witch in the little mermaid is pure evil: instructing the little mermaid to stab the prince while he lay asleep in bed with his wife on his wedding night. Then let his blood run over her feet so that the little mermaid will not die as per her bargain with the sea witch. She doesn't do it but still, such an image is unsuitable for anyone under the age of about 16 or older. The purpose of many of the stories to teach a moralizing lesson and to use the reward of going to heaven when one dies as comfort. If you like these stories, then this will be a wonderful book for you. The book is well done, I just really dislike many of the stories. The stories in the book are:
The Swineherd
The Princess and the Pea
The Snow Queen
The Emperor's New Suit
The Brave Tin Soldier
The Little Match-Seller
The Little Mermaid
The Fir Tree

If you like these stories, then I would recommend this book to you.
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