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The Emperor's New Clothes: and More Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales
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THE EMPERORS NEW CLOTHES (By Nadine Bernard Westcott) Two swindlers create a royal robe from magical cloth for a vain emperor. But what's so special about this magical cloth? THE UGLY DUCKLING (By Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney) Only a mother could love this ugliest of ducklings who is teased for his awkward appearance. But seasons change - and so does he - into a gloriously graceful swan. Narrated by Lynn Whitfield with music by Ernest V. Troost. (Caldecott Honor Book) THE SWINEHERD (By Hans Christian Andersen, Illustrated by Bjorn Winblad) A spoiled princess scorns the love of an honorable prince - until the prince comes up with a clever way to steal some kisses from the princess. BONUS STORIES: NIGHTINGALE (By Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Michael Sporn)
This collection of animated shorts (based on four of Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved fairy tales) offers a variety of visual styles. The Emperor's New Clothes is cartoonish, colorful, and accompanied by a jaunty soundtrack, all of which well serves the classic story: Two swindlers persuade a foolish king that their magical cloth can't be seen by the foolish and incompetent--so of course everyone pretends to be able to see it. The Ugly Duckling, about a duckling spurned by his family for being too different, isn't so much animated as illustrated; the mostly still pictures are lovely, but some children may find this approach a little dull. The Swineherd, a lesser-known story about a prince who disguises himself as a peasant to woo a vain princess, has a look that mixes Marc Chagall and medieval tapestries. The final story, Nightingale, uses gorgeous Japanese watercolors and simple but elegant line drawings to tell the story of an arrogant emperor who learns to value the sweet song a nightingale. All in all, a satisfying selection, sure to please young children and older Andersen fans. --Bret Fetzer
- Stories: The Emperor's New Clothes (retold and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott), The Ugly Duckling (illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, narrated by Lynn Whitfield), The Swineherd (illustrated by Bjorn Winblad)
- Bonus story: Nightingale (illustrated by Michael Sporn)
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Top customer reviews
My son especially likes to watch The Emperor's New Clothes and Swineherd.
We have quite a few of these scholastic videos and this one is one of our most watched.
The stories are longer in length, so I think it's more appropriate for preschoolers rather than toddlers.
Although the Swineherd story is dated, it is a fascinating story - maybe not for the very young, but the 3-5th graders who viewed this in my media center were completely into watching both of these folk stories.
The version of the Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney is beautiful and I would highly recommend it. It may not be "edge of your seat" storytelling, but it artistically beautiful and poignantly tells the story.
I just don't get the one-star rating posted by another viewer. I've alerted you to what I feel may have "gotten their dander up". But if you aren't offended by a bare behind in cartoon form you'll find stories to entertain and enlighten you and your kids on this DVD.