Fairy Tales, Paperback
1.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Hans Christian Andersen is the best-loved of all tellers of fairy tales.

This collection of over forty of Andersen's most popular stories includes The Mermaid, The Real Princess, The Red Shoes, The Little Match Girl, The Snow Queen, The Tinder Box, The Ugly Duckling and many more.

It is delightfully illustrated in black-and white by those remarkable brothers, Charles, Thomas and William Heath Robinson


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, b/w illustrations
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Traditional
  • ISBN: 9781853261008


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This is the unabridged collection of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. There are some very good tales in here, but that is not the norm. Most of the stories are confusing and/or boring, and his idea of a happy ending seems to be that the main character gets to die and go to heaven. This has a lot of religious content/ references. A few stories might be good for discussing unhappy endings. (That's my school review.)Basically, this book combined with another slowed down my reading for an entire summer last year- it was just so dreadfully boring! I'm a fan of reading fairy tale retellings and originals, but these were awful! They were slow, boring reads, and, as I said, Anderson's idea of a happy ending is that the characters get to die and go to heaven. Yeah. Pretty disturbing.

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