Hans Christian Andersen was the profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. He gave us the now standard versions of some traditional fairy tales—with an anarchic twist—but many of his most famous tales sprang directly from his imagination.
The thirty stories here range from exuberant early works such as "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" through poignant masterpieces such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling," to more subversive later tales such as "The Ice maiden" and "The Wood Nymph."
• A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps, rough front, and luxurious packaging
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Not typically one for audiobooks but fairy tales should be heard as often as read. These are REAL fairy tales, harsh as they may seem. Children are not given enough credit, today, for their pure, untainted intellect. The acts of violence within the tales are tempered with the realm fantastic and are simple life lessons as they should be taught. It would serve us well to learn from what works and not sugarcoat nor worse, condescend, to young minds. Hooray!!
Great material, poor presentation.
The tales are great, and make compelling listening. Unfortunately there are no track marks or titles seperating the individual stories making it nearly impossible to find individual tales. Very frustrating when you have children who want to hear a tale repeated!
I could understand the speaker and although some were not for children- most were and I found that the ones that were not I enjoyed myself. you can navigate which story you want to listen too and they are all there. I liked this audiobook.