This story exposes our foolish craving for illusions and attachments that we think will make us happy. But happiness is found in the simple but real things in life. A Chinese emperor is taught this important lesson by a plain, gray bird.
About H.C. Andersen Illustrated Fairy Tales
Within the fairy tale treasury that has come into the world's possession, Hans Christian Andersen's tales are among some of the most outstanding. His spellbinding stories present deep moral lessons that span both cultural and generational differences.
A thread of optimism weaves its way through Andersen's stories, giving hope and inspiration to all readers. It is in this spirit that the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Classics are published.
We have selected 30 of the most popular tales and handpicked the best illustrators for each of them, taking great care to match the style of the illustrator with the specific story. Each tale talks to the heart through both words and pictures uncovering the very essence of life's values.
Luminescent paintings accompany a faithful retelling of Andersen's popular story. Ages 4-8.