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Have you ever wished for something so hard that you could think of nothing else? When Karen becomes entranced by a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes in a shop window, they fill her every thought and dream. One fateful day, she is able to buy the shoes for herself, only to learn later, as the shopkeeper tells her, to "be careful what you wish for, because it may come true Have you ever wished for something so hard that you could think of nothing else? When Karen becomes entranced by a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes in a shop window, they fill her every thought and dream. One fateful day, she is able to buy the shoes for herself, only to learn later, as the shopkeeper tells her, to "be careful what you wish for, because it may come true." The enthralling presentation of this Hans Christian Andersen classic will win readers over with its luminous illustrations and engaging text, and will remind them of the lessons of life and love.


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Have you ever wished for something so hard that you could think of nothing else? When Karen becomes entranced by a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes in a shop window, they fill her every thought and dream. One fateful day, she is able to buy the shoes for herself, only to learn later, as the shopkeeper tells her, to "be careful what you wish for, because it may come true Have you ever wished for something so hard that you could think of nothing else? When Karen becomes entranced by a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes in a shop window, they fill her every thought and dream. One fateful day, she is able to buy the shoes for herself, only to learn later, as the shopkeeper tells her, to "be careful what you wish for, because it may come true." The enthralling presentation of this Hans Christian Andersen classic will win readers over with its luminous illustrations and engaging text, and will remind them of the lessons of life and love.

30 review for The Red Shoes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    De røde sko = The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen The Red Shoes is a fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen, first published in Copenhagen 7 April 1845 in New Fairy Tales. Other tales in the volume include "The Elf Mound" (Elverhøi), "The Jumpers" (Springfyrene), "The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep" (Hyrdinden og Skorstensfejeren), and "Holger Danske" (Holger Danske). تاریخ نخستین خوانش: خیلی وقت پیش در سالهای دهه چهل هجری شمسی در کتابخانه دبیرستان؛ و در روز هفدهم ماه ف De røde sko = The Red Shoes, Hans Christian Andersen The Red Shoes is a fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen, first published in Copenhagen 7 April 1845 in New Fairy Tales. Other tales in the volume include "The Elf Mound" (Elverhøi), "The Jumpers" (Springfyrene), "The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep" (Hyrdinden og Skorstensfejeren), and "Holger Danske" (Holger Danske). تاریخ نخستین خوانش: خیلی وقت پیش در سالهای دهه چهل هجری شمسی در کتابخانه دبیرستان؛ و در روز هفدهم ماه فوریه سال 2003 میلادی عنوان: کفشهای قرمز؛ نویسنده: هانس کریستین اندرسن؛ مترجم: مریم امامی؛ تهران، فکر برتر، 1382؛ در 12ص؛ گروه سنی ب و ج؛ شابک 9646979297؛ دخترک زیبا ولی فقیری به نام «کارن»، در دهکده‌ ای زندگی می‌کرد؛ او آنقدر فقیر بود، که تابستان‌ها پابرهنه راه می‌رفت، و زمستان‌ها کفشی چوبی به پا می‌کرد؛ روزی مادر پینه‌ دوز پیر، برای دخترک کفش‌هایی کوچک، هرچند زمخت، از پارچهٔ قرمز درست کرد؛ اما روزی که «کارن» می‌خواست کفش‌ها را بپوشد مادرش درگذشت، و او چون کفش دیگری نداشت، همان‌ها را به پا کرد، و به دنبال تابوت مادرش، به راه افتاد؛ در راه، بانوی پیری که بر کالسکهٔ بزرگی سوار بود، او را دید، و قیمومیتش را پذیرفت؛ کارن فکر کرد، این حتماً به خاطر کفش‌های قرمزش بوده، اما خانم مسن گفت: آن کفشها خیلی زشت هستند، و دستور داد تا کفشها را بسوزانند؛ سپس لباسی آراسته، بر تن کارن کرد، و به او گفت: تو واقعاً دختر زیبایی هستی؛ پس از چندی کارن، یک جفت کفش قرمز زیبا و براق را، دید، که برای دختر کنتی دوخته شده بود، ولی به پایش نخورده بود؛ کفش اندازه ی پای او بود، و بانوی مسن که به دلیل ضعف بینایی نمی‌توانست، رنگ کفش را تشخیص دهد، آن را برای کارن خرید؛ کارن آن را پوشید، و به کلیسا رفت، اما تمام فکرش متوجه کفش بود، و چیزی از سخنان کشیش را نشنید؛ سرانجام مادرخوانده اش فهمید، که کفش‌ها قرمزرنگ هستند، و به کارن گفت: درست نیست که آنها را در کلیسا بپوشد؛ اما کارن، باز با همان کفش‌ها به کلیسا رفت؛ در کنار در کلیسا، سرباز پیری، با ریشی بلند و قرمز، ایستاده بود؛ او به کارن گفت: چه کفش‌های زیبایی برای رقص دارد، و از کفش‌ها خواست، تا هرگاه که به رقص درآمدند، از رقصیدن باز نایستند؛ در طول مراسم، باز هم تمام حواس کارن به کفشهایش بود، و حتی فراموش کرد، دعای مخصوص را بخواند؛ پس از پایان مراسم، دلش خواست کمی برقصد؛ اما همین که به رقص آمد، کنترل پاهایش، در اختیار کفشهایش قرار گرفت و تا آنها را درنیاورد، پاهایش آرام نگرفتند؛ چندی بعد، بانوی مسن بیمار شد، و نیاز به مراقبت داشت؛ اما کارن به جشن بالماسکه ای که آن شب برگزار میشد، رفت، و همین که شروع به رقصیدن کرد، کفش‌ها اختیار پاهایش را از او گرفتند، و به اینسو و آنسو بردندش، تا اینکه به جنگل رسید؛ آنجا سرباز ریش قرمز ایستاده بود، و با دیدن کارن سری تکان داد، و گفت: چه کفش‌های زیبایی برای رقصیدن. کارن ترسید، و خواست کفشهایش را درآورد، اما نتوانست و همین طور رقص کنان به در کلیسا رسید؛ در آنجا فرشته ای با شمشیر ایستاده بود، و با عصبانیت به کارن گفت: تو باید برقصی، آنقدر برقصی تا بمیری؛ کارن به فرشته التماس کرد، اما پاسخی نشنید؛ او همین جور رقصید و رقصید، تا به در خانه‌ شان رسید، و فهمید که مادر خوانده اش درگذشته است؛ کارن غمگین و تنها، به در خانهٔ جلاد شهر رفت، و از او خواست تا پاهایش را قطع کند؛ جلاد نیز چنان کرد، و کفش‌های قرمز با پاهای قطع شدهٔ او، رقص کنان به درون جنگل رفتند؛ جلاد برای کارن، پاهایی چوبی درست کرد، و او که فکر میکرد، به اندازه کافی عذاب کشیده، به در کلیسا رفت. اما کفش‌های رقصان قرمز آنجا بودند، و کارن وحشت کنان برگشت؛ سپس به عنوان پیشخدمت، در جایی مشغول کار شد؛ صبح یکشنبه همه به کلیسا رفتند، اما کارن با چشمانی اشکبار، به کنج خلوت خود خزید؛ او در آنجا رازونیاز کرد، و ناگهان صدای ارگ کلیسا، در گوشش پیچید، و نسیم صداهای کلیسا را، به پنجرهٔ او آورد؛ کارن از خدا خواست تا کمکش کند؛ ناگهان نوری درخشید، و همان فرشته‌ ای که نفرینش کرده بود، در پیش او ظاهر شد؛ او شاخه ای سبز، از گل سرخ در دست داشت، و با آن به سقف اتاق اشاره کرد؛ سقف به کناری رفت، و کارن احساس کرد، که کلیسا به اتاقش آورده شده است؛ او آمرزیده شده بود. صدای ارگ کلیسا و سرودخوانی کودکان، در گوشش می‌پیچید، و او را به وجد می‌آورد؛ او چنان به آرامش و لذت رسیده بود، که روحش به پرواز درآمد، و به بهشت رسید، و در آنجا کسی راجع به کفش‌های قرمزش از او نپرسید؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Revill

    I read this story when I was a child but it was a much earlier education than this one. It seems very strange today that this story was intended for children's ears but many from a different era seem quite disturbing today. An interesting classic children's story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Olivia-Savannah Roach

    Well, that was morbid and such good fun at the same time! It is very easy to see the Christian themes in this, what with the mentions of church and repentence. I also like the colour of the shoes being red - definitely feels like associations to blood, sin and evil there. In this one the main moral messages seems to be about vanity, obedience and temptation. It was simple and straightforward, but at the same time full of morbidity and has a slight horror tone to the whole thing. Just how I like m Well, that was morbid and such good fun at the same time! It is very easy to see the Christian themes in this, what with the mentions of church and repentence. I also like the colour of the shoes being red - definitely feels like associations to blood, sin and evil there. In this one the main moral messages seems to be about vanity, obedience and temptation. It was simple and straightforward, but at the same time full of morbidity and has a slight horror tone to the whole thing. Just how I like my fairytales ;)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Connor

    I enjoyed this fairy tale. Come back to God

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Prashant

    By the end the whole message of the story became a little confusing to me. The red shoes behaving like the devil's gift and the life saving grace of the angel. May be a little too overboard. From what I understood, with this story Anderson was trying to send a few very controversial messages --> Against the bent towards glamour and showbiz which had just started to grow when this was written --> A propaganda for the church to make people come towards orthodox Christianity --> Everyone, child or no By the end the whole message of the story became a little confusing to me. The red shoes behaving like the devil's gift and the life saving grace of the angel. May be a little too overboard. From what I understood, with this story Anderson was trying to send a few very controversial messages --> Against the bent towards glamour and showbiz which had just started to grow when this was written --> A propaganda for the church to make people come towards orthodox Christianity --> Everyone, child or not is equal in the eyes of the God and will be punished equally If not the above lessons I can't gather what else could be the possible explanation of writing such a gruesome story which ends on an equally awkward note. Or is there something missing in my angle of looking at faith?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eman

    And Hans Christian Andersen had one more disturbing story to tell the little ones (even I am a grown up and was disturbed because the protagonist is supposed to be a little child). This is the worst I've ever read for the esteemed author, even worse than The Tinderbox. I didn't like the intimidating religious tone of The Red Shoes. If you want to send some kind of a message, then use your creativity in choosing a smarter way other than manipulating your way through a story intended for children, And Hans Christian Andersen had one more disturbing story to tell the little ones (even I am a grown up and was disturbed because the protagonist is supposed to be a little child). This is the worst I've ever read for the esteemed author, even worse than The Tinderbox. I didn't like the intimidating religious tone of The Red Shoes. If you want to send some kind of a message, then use your creativity in choosing a smarter way other than manipulating your way through a story intended for children, that's just so sick. For the gory details, chick on the spoiler at the end of this review. Morals of the story: - If you had to choose between (a) nursing the good old sick lady who adopted you into her warm loving house, and (b) going to a bloody dancing ball, then you MUST stick to (a) even if Beyoncé and J. Lo were coming. - Vain people will have it coming, sooner or later. And there's a great chance that the punishing hand would strike them sooner (i.e. when they're still little children). - If the shoe fits, NEVER EVER get it in red.. I don't know about you, but I'd get it in black. Because, Duh! (view spoiler)[If you wore the red shoes, your feet would become possessed with demonic powers. You'll beg to get your feet chopped off with an ax because obviously red is an evil color! (hide spoiler)] .

  8. 4 out of 5

    Traveller

    I am not sure whether to give this a three or a four stars, since I didn't really like some aspects of it, but it's creepiness really caught my attention. I think it is probably the most creepy of all of his stories that I have read. I've only realized lately why I never "took" to Andersen's stories as a child. His stories (with a few exceptions) aren't really geared towards young children. Some of them are sweet, but not all of them would be the kind of fare I would be wanting to read to the ve I am not sure whether to give this a three or a four stars, since I didn't really like some aspects of it, but it's creepiness really caught my attention. I think it is probably the most creepy of all of his stories that I have read. I've only realized lately why I never "took" to Andersen's stories as a child. His stories (with a few exceptions) aren't really geared towards young children. Some of them are sweet, but not all of them would be the kind of fare I would be wanting to read to the very young, especially not The Red Shoes... brrrr... I see Goodreads does not show a copy of the original unbowdlerized story, where the girls' (view spoiler)[ feet are chopped off. I suppose I'll have to make work of adding an edition that is not "merged" with the bowdlerized versions. Will do that soon, and then perhaps do more of a review for it as well. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama: Karen's heart is set on a pair of red shoes whose magic compels her to dance to her death.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    I adored this short story by Hans Christian Anderson. It was a cute short story with an amazing theme that kept me interested in the story. It was a great story and I am quite surprised it is not one of the more well known Hans Christian Anderson tales. I would love to see another adaption of this story! Four out of five stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marquise

    One of Andersen's creepiest stories, but a good tale nonetheless. My edition had Chihiro Iwasaki as the illustrated, nice style.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    The Red Shoes, illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki. Originally published in 1845 as part of Andersen's Nye Eventyr. Første Bind. Tredie Samling. (New Fairy Tales, First Volume, Third Collection), this tale of a young girl who is gruesomely punished for her ingratitude to her adoptive mother, and indifference to religious devotion, has always been one of the few Andersen tales I actively dislike. There are some, such as The Little Mermaid , about which I have ambiguous feelings, and others for which The Red Shoes, illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki. Originally published in 1845 as part of Andersen's Nye Eventyr. Første Bind. Tredie Samling. (New Fairy Tales, First Volume, Third Collection), this tale of a young girl who is gruesomely punished for her ingratitude to her adoptive mother, and indifference to religious devotion, has always been one of the few Andersen tales I actively dislike. There are some, such as The Little Mermaid , about which I have ambiguous feelings, and others for which I cannot seem to feel much of anything (and still others, of course, that I adore). But The Red Shoes is one that I absolutely loathe, and were it not for my current Andersen retrospective, I don't think I could have brung myself to read two retellings, one after the other! Ostensibly a cautionary tale about the dangers of vanity and ingratitude, I have always been profoundly uncomfortable with its misogynist undertones, unable to divorce myself from the knowledge that moral condemnation of women's supposed preoccupation with fashion and beauty is so often the overt counterpart to a covert fear of, and hatred for, women's sexuality. The violence of the punishment meted out to Karen in this tale, and her eventual submission to her own bodily violation, only reinforces that impression. The narrative of this retelling is faithful to the original, with veteran fairy-tale translator Anthea Bell covering all the major incidents, and retaining the explicitly religious nature of the tale. The illustrations by Japanese artist Chihiro Iwasaki, done in the 1960s, are just lovely, with watercolor figures cavorting on white pages. The sense of motion, exemplified by the cover illustration, is consistent throughout. I wish I could award more stars, for the artwork, but not for this tale, I'm afraid...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    The Red Shoes, illustrated by Barbara Bazilian. Is it possible to create a satisfactory retelling or adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes? If so, I've not seen it yet. Whether it be the misogyny implicit in the original tale, as seen in faithful translations such as that done by Anthea Bell, or the insipidity of narrative found in various revisionist adaptations, like the one done by Gloria Fowler, every edition I have seen has had serious textual flaws, whatever the merit of the The Red Shoes, illustrated by Barbara Bazilian. Is it possible to create a satisfactory retelling or adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes? If so, I've not seen it yet. Whether it be the misogyny implicit in the original tale, as seen in faithful translations such as that done by Anthea Bell, or the insipidity of narrative found in various revisionist adaptations, like the one done by Gloria Fowler, every edition I have seen has had serious textual flaws, whatever the merit of their illustrations. Sadly, this is also the case here, in this adaptation by Barbara Bazilian. All of the religious content of the original has been omitted in this telling, which sees Karen saving up her own money to buy the much-coveted shoes. In this version there is no horrific mutilation, no amputation of limbs. Rather, Karen wishes to become a bird when the shoes seem to be taking her over a cliff, and is eventually restored to her grandmother, in human form. But although its omission of the more gruesome elements of the original can only be welcome, the end-product is a narrative - like Fowler's - that is uninspiring. Bazilian's artwork is pretty, but hardly attractive enough to overcome the weak text.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a fascinating story and a epitomizes the saying, "Be careful what you wish for." The illustrations are gorgeous, and the shoemaker is especially creepy. I was afraid that it might be too scary for our girls, but they really liked it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Manuel

    A warning about materialism and the importance of religion over it. A good read but dated in its message.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    "Dance in thy red shoes till thou art pale and cold! Till thy skin shrivels up and thou art a skeleton! Dance shalt thou from door to door, and where proud, vain children dwell, thou shalt knock, that they may hear thee and tremble!" This short story serves as a morality tale, informing us that modesty and piety are good virtues, and that that vanity can condemn a person's soul to suffering. This can be used as an inspiration for children to write short stories on wishes going wrong, and how to s "Dance in thy red shoes till thou art pale and cold! Till thy skin shrivels up and thou art a skeleton! Dance shalt thou from door to door, and where proud, vain children dwell, thou shalt knock, that they may hear thee and tremble!" This short story serves as a morality tale, informing us that modesty and piety are good virtues, and that that vanity can condemn a person's soul to suffering. This can be used as an inspiration for children to write short stories on wishes going wrong, and how to solve the problem. The main character Karen goes through an arc of humble to proud to humble, a cyclic nature showing us that being humble is essential. After being gifted with cursed red dancing shoes that won't stop dancing, and forgetting her duties to her ill carer, an angel condemns her to suffering for her vanity and negligence. In repentance, Karen has her feet cut off and goes on the life a pious life, but is still haunted by the red shoes which continue to dance in her severed feet. Through prayer, the angel returns and pardons her, and her soul ascends to heaven.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Avi

    Not as good as Little Claus and Big Claus, but equally as disturbing. Honestly, I was disconnected from the story by the intensely religious theme, because I'm a naughty little atheist, more likely to end up in hell like the main character was before. However, as a wonky little American, I can interpret this in a kind of modern perspective: our culture of materialism and looking good may be pulling us away from dedicating our lives to things greater than ourselves. aHA LITERARY ANALYSIS *finger Not as good as Little Claus and Big Claus, but equally as disturbing. Honestly, I was disconnected from the story by the intensely religious theme, because I'm a naughty little atheist, more likely to end up in hell like the main character was before. However, as a wonky little American, I can interpret this in a kind of modern perspective: our culture of materialism and looking good may be pulling us away from dedicating our lives to things greater than ourselves. aHA LITERARY ANALYSIS *finger guns* I'd give this book 2.5/5 stars, but I added a half-star because this entire story is a giant Karen joke. Yes, maybe the same Karen who took the kids into custody and wants to talk to your manager. Seriously, though, the main character is named after ol' HCA's half-sister Karen Marie. What a great way for kids these days to trash their annoying siblings: write joke fairytales about them getting cursed by God for being sneakerheads.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    I'm trying to get into fairy tales more, for some reason I haven't been read that many as a child but have a new found interest for them now. This story was introduced to me through the film of the same name, which is one of my very favourites. I know a lot of people do not like this story because of the heavy religious tone it has, I think we should just remember how prevalent the church was at the time this was written, I personally don't think it was a good thing, but I would rather not take I'm trying to get into fairy tales more, for some reason I haven't been read that many as a child but have a new found interest for them now. This story was introduced to me through the film of the same name, which is one of my very favourites. I know a lot of people do not like this story because of the heavy religious tone it has, I think we should just remember how prevalent the church was at the time this was written, I personally don't think it was a good thing, but I would rather not take this out of context. Instead let's focus on the moral of the story. This is a tale of vanity and this is where I think some people get caught up. That little girl gets so infatuated with these beautiful red shoes that get all eyes on her every time she steps outside, that she would rather choose to leave and dance in them than assist her mother in her last hours on earth. This is not simply about her wanting to look nice and do her own thing but instead I see it as a story about temptation and how far it may take you away from yourself and the "right path" (if there is one). It is a rather gruesome and creepy tale, she had to pay a heavy price for her faults but to my surprise it has a happy ending. (Questionable perhaps but happy I think). I personally really enjoyed it even though I might have given it 5 stars had it had more relatable, likeable characters. But then again it's a short one..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mochizuki

    This retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale is well done. It is the story of a girl who becomes obssessed with owning a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes with long silk ribbons. Her grandmother refuses to buy them, claiming they are not practical. Yet she thinks of nothing else and saves up all her money, until finally they are hers. However, the girl soon finds out the consequences of possessing the red shoes. The ending of the story has changed from the original---which was This retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale is well done. It is the story of a girl who becomes obssessed with owning a pair of beautiful red dancing shoes with long silk ribbons. Her grandmother refuses to buy them, claiming they are not practical. Yet she thinks of nothing else and saves up all her money, until finally they are hers. However, the girl soon finds out the consequences of possessing the red shoes. The ending of the story has changed from the original---which was the girl amputated her feet to get the shoes off. The ending of this version is more suitable for younger readers. The illustrations in the book are quite lovely and detailed, especially the facial expressions of the young girl and the suspicious old shoemaker. I enjoyed it a lot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Buettner

    The Red Shoes is an all time favorite of mine. The dramatic tale is based off of a famous ballet. A young girl is fascinated with a pair of red ballet shoes. She stares at them in the store window until she finally has the money to buy them. She puts them on to go to the ball. She dances beautifully the whole night. When the party is over, she is exhausted, but she can't stop dancing! She also can't remove the shoes. At the end she is desperate, and the man who sold her the shoes turns her into The Red Shoes is an all time favorite of mine. The dramatic tale is based off of a famous ballet. A young girl is fascinated with a pair of red ballet shoes. She stares at them in the store window until she finally has the money to buy them. She puts them on to go to the ball. She dances beautifully the whole night. When the party is over, she is exhausted, but she can't stop dancing! She also can't remove the shoes. At the end she is desperate, and the man who sold her the shoes turns her into a bird, and she flies away without the shoes. Upon returning to her grandmother she turns into a girl again. This story is a great introduction to dance, as well as a cultural connection that can be shared. It also teaches a good lesson in appreciating what you have.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela Randall

    Project Gutenberg has a free ebook and audiobook of a Hans Christian Andersen book with 18 fairy tales in it. These are the stories in the Project Gutenberg files: -- The emperor's new clothes -- The swineherd -- The real princess -- The shoes of fortune -- The fir tree -- The snow queen -- The leap-frog -- The elderbush -- The bell -- The old house -- The happy family -- The story of a mother -- The false collar -- The shadow -- The little match girl -- The dream of little Tuk -- The naughty bo Project Gutenberg has a free ebook and audiobook of a Hans Christian Andersen book with 18 fairy tales in it. These are the stories in the Project Gutenberg files: -- The emperor's new clothes -- The swineherd -- The real princess -- The shoes of fortune -- The fir tree -- The snow queen -- The leap-frog -- The elderbush -- The bell -- The old house -- The happy family -- The story of a mother -- The false collar -- The shadow -- The little match girl -- The dream of little Tuk -- The naughty boy -- The red shoes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Hm. I didn't like this as much as I thought I would! It seems to me there's a better story here than the one Andersen wrote. For some (obvious) reason, I'm reminded of a quote from ballerina Gelsey Kirkland's autobiography, Dancing On My Grave. A ballet teacher or someone had said to her, "Oh, it was lovely, Gelsey. But, you know, you didn't make me weep." This story didn't make me weep. I'd even say it lacked heart. But, I still give him credit for the idea. If we didn't have the fairy tale, we Hm. I didn't like this as much as I thought I would! It seems to me there's a better story here than the one Andersen wrote. For some (obvious) reason, I'm reminded of a quote from ballerina Gelsey Kirkland's autobiography, Dancing On My Grave. A ballet teacher or someone had said to her, "Oh, it was lovely, Gelsey. But, you know, you didn't make me weep." This story didn't make me weep. I'd even say it lacked heart. But, I still give him credit for the idea. If we didn't have the fairy tale, we wouldn't have the Kate Bush song, and then where would we be?! --Interesting how Hans' version was about (sexual) pride whereas Kate's version was about (sexual) envy...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Jean

    I don't know if I can properly articulate what made me dislike this fairytale so much. But I shall try. My main issue with it is that whilst the main character is vain, I don't believe she deserved such a disturbing punishment for getting caught up in red shoes. Like, fine, wear proper footwear to church. But for her to be condemned for it seems a little harsh. Like, was that an angel of sensible footwear or??? I'm just saying. I would rather be vain than cruel. And that was a rather severe punishmen I don't know if I can properly articulate what made me dislike this fairytale so much. But I shall try. My main issue with it is that whilst the main character is vain, I don't believe she deserved such a disturbing punishment for getting caught up in red shoes. Like, fine, wear proper footwear to church. But for her to be condemned for it seems a little harsh. Like, was that an angel of sensible footwear or??? I'm just saying. I would rather be vain than cruel. And that was a rather severe punishment for something I would consider foolish at best. But to be fair, this was written a long time ago. So, I can't exactly expect it to be progressive. Can I?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vaishali

    Creepy, although it starts out magically like most Anderson tales. Karen's entrance into the metaphysical realm is less clear, and the moralistic overtones of addiction equaling sin makes the story lose its charm.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela Ferrari

    This was not my favorite book, but it does teach a lesson of wants and needs

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu

    A tale of grief, splendor, vanity, and redemption. An interesting tale, the film adaptation is roughly based upon the original tale.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brennan

    dancing sends u to hell

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mekiah Johnson

    A good fairytale, quite dark but still good. 3 or 4 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    I only knew the Efteling version. In which only her shoes are cut off, not both of her feet. The Efteling version is a bit more child friendly.

  30. 4 out of 5

    MaryJo

    I would rate the illustrations for this book much higher than the story, which is dreadfully dated and preachy. The illustrations by Chihiro Iwasaki, however, are lovely and timeless.

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