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Nearly two hundred years after its publication in 1837, Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairytales continue to inspire young imaginations. This beautiful unabridged edition brings together many of the Danish writer’s favorite stories that have become literary classics, including "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Snow Queen", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Nearly two hundred years after its publication in 1837, Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairytales continue to inspire young imaginations. This beautiful unabridged edition brings together many of the Danish writer’s favorite stories that have become literary classics, including "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Snow Queen", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor’s New Clothes", and more. The thirteen stories in The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales are illustrated with specially commissioned artwork and ten exclusive interactive features including: A dial with six mermaids A Duckling transforming into a swan Mattresses that pull away to reveal a pea The Snow Queen’s palace Gorgeously designed, this keepsake illustrated edition—the fourth book in Harper Design’s series of reimagined children’s classics—will be treasured by readers of all ages for generations to come.


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Nearly two hundred years after its publication in 1837, Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairytales continue to inspire young imaginations. This beautiful unabridged edition brings together many of the Danish writer’s favorite stories that have become literary classics, including "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Snow Queen", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Nearly two hundred years after its publication in 1837, Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairytales continue to inspire young imaginations. This beautiful unabridged edition brings together many of the Danish writer’s favorite stories that have become literary classics, including "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Snow Queen", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Emperor’s New Clothes", and more. The thirteen stories in The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales are illustrated with specially commissioned artwork and ten exclusive interactive features including: A dial with six mermaids A Duckling transforming into a swan Mattresses that pull away to reveal a pea The Snow Queen’s palace Gorgeously designed, this keepsake illustrated edition—the fourth book in Harper Design’s series of reimagined children’s classics—will be treasured by readers of all ages for generations to come.

30 review for The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Red_Queen_Lover

    I've had this book for a about two years now and I totally forgot to add this to my Read on GR I've had this book for a about two years now and I totally forgot to add this to my Read on GR

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fabian

    "Princesses he found in plenty; but whether they were real princesses was impossible for him to decide..." What is real and what is fantasy? Well, all of it is fantasy! And yet it is foundational truths that ground these flights of fancy which include the strangest casts of all time: prince swans and frog princesses; ghosts, angels, saints; bizarro items like curative tears and magic spells; phantasmagoric locales like churchyard, emblems like crosses, and much religion. And marriage, death, tran "Princesses he found in plenty; but whether they were real princesses was impossible for him to decide..." What is real and what is fantasy? Well, all of it is fantasy! And yet it is foundational truths that ground these flights of fancy which include the strangest casts of all time: prince swans and frog princesses; ghosts, angels, saints; bizarro items like curative tears and magic spells; phantasmagoric locales like churchyard, emblems like crosses, and much religion. And marriage, death, transformation. The titular story is as was always said--forlorn, gloomy, DEPRESSING. But also rife with incongrous monstrosities such as mermaid sisters bald from their sacrifice to the sea witch, as well as the ultimate motif: sea foam insignificance. "A" tales: The Marsh King's Daughter, The Wild Swans, The Red Shoes, The Flying Trunk, The Ugly Ducking, The Little Mermaid "B" tales: The Storks, The Nightingale, The Emperor's New Clothes, Princess and the Pea "C" tales: Thumbelina, Elfin-Mount, The Snow Queen

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Johnson

    I am conflicted about this collection as a whole. There were stories I had read before in other books, usually simplified for much younger readers. I enjoyed reading the original translations, but on the whole... these are not great stories. I've read a lot of fairy tales over the years, and these were by far the worst collection I've had the displeasure of trudging through. The stories were neither fun nor clever, and I ended up bored more than not. There was a lot more Christianity involved in I am conflicted about this collection as a whole. There were stories I had read before in other books, usually simplified for much younger readers. I enjoyed reading the original translations, but on the whole... these are not great stories. I've read a lot of fairy tales over the years, and these were by far the worst collection I've had the displeasure of trudging through. The stories were neither fun nor clever, and I ended up bored more than not. There was a lot more Christianity involved in the stories than I was expecting (literal angels appear in one story, the spirit of a dead priest in another, and several stories are solved by faith and/or literal divine intervention), and Anderson had a weird fascination with Egyptians and the Chinese that somehow needles its way into several stories. Many of the stories dragged on too long and were extremely boring. Others left me thinking "what the fuck did I just read". Most of the "lessons" boiled down to "be a good, quiet, obedient Christian, and everything will be fine." I'm giving it three stars because some of the stories were enjoyable from an academic/analysis standpoint (comparing the originals to the adaptations), but all in all, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as a pleasure read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey Connor

    Read all of these for the first time. I was so disappointed with The Little Mermaid. Thumbelina was my favourite

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Hans Christian had some oddball stories there. My favorite was The Princess and the Pea...which interesting enough was the shortest of the stories. Oops? This was a very pretty edition, though, although there was some sketchy pictures. Let's just say that I enjoyed Disney's adaptions of these stories so much better. Hans Christian had some oddball stories there. My favorite was The Princess and the Pea...which interesting enough was the shortest of the stories. Oops? This was a very pretty edition, though, although there was some sketchy pictures. Let's just say that I enjoyed Disney's adaptions of these stories so much better.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tasmin Bradshaw

    some of these stories were pretty good, while other's just made me glaze over in boredom. some of these stories were pretty good, while other's just made me glaze over in boredom.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee Seelos

    I only enjoyed a few of the stories in this book. The rest of the fairy tales were either sad, long, boring or just plain weird.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Hope Elizabeth Anderson (HopelessBookAddict)

    loved!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    In between reads and waiting on one to arrive, I picked up the HarperCollins latest interactive fairy tale edition, The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. I’ve previously enjoyed Peter Pan, The Beauty and the Beast, and I look forward to reading Alice in Wonderland when it releases. This collection of fairy tales in these interactive editions are so fun! Minalima does an AMAZING job with the illustrations and interactive elements! The artwork is positively gorgeous! In between reads and waiting on one to arrive, I picked up the HarperCollins latest interactive fairy tale edition, The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. I’ve previously enjoyed Peter Pan, The Beauty and the Beast, and I look forward to reading Alice in Wonderland when it releases. This collection of fairy tales in these interactive editions are so fun! Minalima does an AMAZING job with the illustrations and interactive elements! The artwork is positively gorgeous! In this installment, I particularly enjoyed the artwork in The Little Mermaid, as the undersea life was so colorful. Another little detail I enjoyed was how the page numbers were highlighted with a little picture that was iconic to the individual story you were reading. It was nice how they were kept separate from one another. In this book you will find the fairy tales; The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Ugly Duckling, The Swineherd, The Tinder Box, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Red Shoes, Thumbelina, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Match Girl, and The Snow Queen. Some of these I’ve read before and others were new ones for me, though I pretty much have heard of all of them! It was a treat reading the familiar ones and knowing the outcome and yet reading the new ones was also a delight since I didn’t know what was going to happen. I could go into detail about what each fairy tale is about and I was almost going to, but instead I think I will let you read them for yourself. Just remember these are the fairy tales Disney movies were based off of, not the other way around! Some of these stories get pretty morbid, which I remembered that of The Little Mermaid. Not all fairy tales end happily ever after and after reading these, I feel like Hans was a fan of the unhappily ever after. I mean, the end usually involves death for pete’s sake! And did you know in Thumbelina, she pretty much shrugs off leaving her mother—I assume you all know the general idea of this story. And then when she’s on the cusp of happily ever after, she let’s some prince change her name because Thumbelina is “ugly” sounding! Really? Really?! Then when you look at The Ugly Duckling, that poor little guy was nearly suicidal because everyone kept calling him ugly. And really, have you Googled “baby swans?” They are ADORABLE!!! It truly goes to show you what a different time these writers lived in when they wrote these classic fairy tales. I mean, I get that. I really do, but man does it hurt to read such things. Why do I barely twitch an eye when a stepsister decides to cut off her toes in order to fit into a shoe, but seeing a poor little ducky heartbreakingly consider suicide because everyone calls him ugly send me into a fit of tears?! It’s insane! Besides some of the moral issues I had with these tales, I still very much enjoyed them! I am fan of the original fairy tales and I know that they are not all happy ones. This is truly dark reading material when you think of it. Luckily, there’s a good mix of dark and light-hearted tales in this collection. A wise move on the publisher’s part I’d say! Lol. Definitely a worthy read for the fan of fairy tales and the interactive elements alone are what make this a fantastic read! The gorgeous illustrations falling closely behind that, if not just on the level because you can’t have the elements without the art! This book, and the collection to date, is truly a work of art that any booklover should have among their shelves! Overall Rating 5/5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    The book is an amazing illustrated edition of Andersen's classical fairy tales. The beautiful edition however is somewhat disappointing considering that very few tales are actually good and interesting (The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Nightingale, The Emperor's New Clothes). The pretty edition does not help to disregard the abundance in sexist, patriarchal ideology the tales are infused with, which in some tales becomes incredibly annoying (considering that the tales are read by readers The book is an amazing illustrated edition of Andersen's classical fairy tales. The beautiful edition however is somewhat disappointing considering that very few tales are actually good and interesting (The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, The Nightingale, The Emperor's New Clothes). The pretty edition does not help to disregard the abundance in sexist, patriarchal ideology the tales are infused with, which in some tales becomes incredibly annoying (considering that the tales are read by readers of the 21st century).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    3 stars. Meh. The only stories that I enjoyed were The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Red Shoes and The Little Match Girl. Everything else did nothing for me except bore me. The illustrations are beautiful though.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    I’ve obviously already read some of the stories prior to this book, but the book itself was so gorgeous that I just couldn’t leave it there alone in the bookshop, and once it was in my hands I decided I might as well read it. Normally, when I read classics or older books I try not to judge too hard on things that I don’t agree on, and obviously this book is full of that. You know, religion and standards of beauty and sexism and all that. I would have been fine with all that if I hadn’t been deep I’ve obviously already read some of the stories prior to this book, but the book itself was so gorgeous that I just couldn’t leave it there alone in the bookshop, and once it was in my hands I decided I might as well read it. Normally, when I read classics or older books I try not to judge too hard on things that I don’t agree on, and obviously this book is full of that. You know, religion and standards of beauty and sexism and all that. I would have been fine with all that if I hadn’t been deeply annoyed by the writing style. I have no idea what it was, but gods, how I loathed most of it. It just dragged and dragged and subsequently I was annoyed, and so when things I don’t agree with happened I was even more annoyed. So... I’m giving a three star rating. And let’s be honest, most of it is because the book is so dang pretty.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    These are the real fairy tales and not all of them end up happy ever after. Sometimes things do not always work out as we had hoped. Still Hans Christian Andersen was a wonderful story teller and I love his work.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    I'm not a fan of his longer stories but it was good to re-discover some of these tales, in particular "The little mermaid" and "the ugly duckling" which I only knew through Disney's lense. I'm not a fan of his longer stories but it was good to re-discover some of these tales, in particular "The little mermaid" and "the ugly duckling" which I only knew through Disney's lense.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diannara Guevara

    "You will keep your gliding gait, no dancer will rival you, but every step you take will be as if you were treading upon sharp knives, so sharp as to draw blood. If you are willing to suffer all this I am ready to help you!" HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, The Little Mermaid and other fairytales. ●○●○● 2/5 stars... sigh. ○●○●○ I didn't know that these 'fairy tales' were going to be this creepy and horrible. I was a bit aware about the Andersen's stories, but I didn't know they were this goth, gore and traum "You will keep your gliding gait, no dancer will rival you, but every step you take will be as if you were treading upon sharp knives, so sharp as to draw blood. If you are willing to suffer all this I am ready to help you!" HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, The Little Mermaid and other fairytales. ●○●○● 2/5 stars... sigh. ○●○●○ I didn't know that these 'fairy tales' were going to be this creepy and horrible. I was a bit aware about the Andersen's stories, but I didn't know they were this goth, gore and traumatic. The contrast between the colorful illustrations of this book with the content is shocking. One expect something beautiful, but then you are kicked in the face with sadness and pain and weirdness. At the end of every story I was like "WHAT THE HELL?" and "HORROR!!" and "I don't know what I am reading anymore". There are 12 stories, including The Little Mermaid, but I kinda liked just 2. Also what is with the obssesion of every woman in this book to be marry? I am so glad that I am living in this time and not back in 1800's. My 2 stars is just for the illustrations. ●○●○● This book is like an awful and disgusting horror movie with amazing and colorful FX.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    No rating because I honestly don’t know how I’d even begin to assess these stories like I would a normal book. It’s not news to anyone that fairytales are nuts, but I guess I thought Andersen’s would be slightly more sensible than the Grimm Brothers’ writing—I was wrong! The Tinder Box is the weirdest thing I’ve ever read, The Snow Queen is completely nonsensical, and The Princess and the Pea is only like four paragraphs?? Still, it’s nice to read these in as close to their original form as I ca No rating because I honestly don’t know how I’d even begin to assess these stories like I would a normal book. It’s not news to anyone that fairytales are nuts, but I guess I thought Andersen’s would be slightly more sensible than the Grimm Brothers’ writing—I was wrong! The Tinder Box is the weirdest thing I’ve ever read, The Snow Queen is completely nonsensical, and The Princess and the Pea is only like four paragraphs?? Still, it’s nice to read these in as close to their original form as I can get! Also my edition has gorgeous illustrations from Mina Lima which is the same design firm that did a ton of production/prop design for the Harry Potter films, so that’s neat!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bailey Peyton

    Honestly, I bought this edition for its inclusion of "The Red Shoes", having been a fan of the '48 film. "The Little Mermaid" isn't among my favorites (Disney-fied or otherwise). The meaning of Hans Christian Anderson tales are in name: Christian. The pieces often deal with the hero/heroine being swayed by greed/ vanity and being saved by goodness/religion. But that's OK. Fairy tales back in Hans' day were meant to be morality tales for children. I will say I much more enjoyed the Peter Pan edit Honestly, I bought this edition for its inclusion of "The Red Shoes", having been a fan of the '48 film. "The Little Mermaid" isn't among my favorites (Disney-fied or otherwise). The meaning of Hans Christian Anderson tales are in name: Christian. The pieces often deal with the hero/heroine being swayed by greed/ vanity and being saved by goodness/religion. But that's OK. Fairy tales back in Hans' day were meant to be morality tales for children. I will say I much more enjoyed the Peter Pan edition from the illustrator; the interactive elements were scarce for some reason in this one (I believe a few stories went without). But reading wise, you can't get much better. This has all of Anderson's greatest hits and even hidden gems like "The Steadfast Tin Soldier".

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vivienne Li

    Beautiful illustrations by MinaLima. Reading Hans Anderson tales as a grown up is so different from how I remember I felt.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liselotte

    Of the Barnes and Noble leatherbounds, this one is not my favourite. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful! But the cover is really bright and silvery. It's a nice edition to my collection! Of the Barnes and Noble leatherbounds, this one is not my favourite. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful! But the cover is really bright and silvery. It's a nice edition to my collection!

  20. 5 out of 5

    NMFN

    this took me sooo long hahaha the english is so old and it was sometimes kind of hard to get through

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Lojewski

    I love how dark these stories are. I do wish they weren't so heavily Christian, but it comes with the territory, I suppose. The Marsh King's Daughter is my new favorite. I love how dark these stories are. I do wish they weren't so heavily Christian, but it comes with the territory, I suppose. The Marsh King's Daughter is my new favorite.

  22. 4 out of 5

    ☾ ⋆ mayari ⋆ ☽

    I rated these stories individually to get the star rating: 2.90 Short summary of my review: I am partial to most of the stories and loved a couple. There were some hints of the Christian allegory and I did not like it at all. These are fairytales. Stop bringing God into it. It's better to do selective reading when it comes to fairytale collections. Some stories went longer than it should've and are boring. On the side note, I love all the illustrations. They are beautiful and amazing. I loved the I rated these stories individually to get the star rating: 2.90 Short summary of my review: I am partial to most of the stories and loved a couple. There were some hints of the Christian allegory and I did not like it at all. These are fairytales. Stop bringing God into it. It's better to do selective reading when it comes to fairytale collections. Some stories went longer than it should've and are boring. On the side note, I love all the illustrations. They are beautiful and amazing. I loved the interactive one on Thumbelina, the flower. The Little Mermaid They were six beautiful children, but the youngest was the prettiest of all.... but like all the others she had no feet, and instead of legs she had a fish's tail. Ariel had been my favorite Disney princess until I discovered Mulan, Moana, and Tiana. It has one of the best soundtracks in the Disney world and I was happy and well until I learned about the real ending about this little mermaid. There had been posts circulating a few years back about the real outcomes of the princesses if they were based from their source material. Heavens, my fifteen year old heart was mortified. Not much was changed in the adaptation (with the exclusion of all the singing and Sebastian's pushing of the princess to the prince) other than the ending. (view spoiler)[Of course, our dear mermaid did not get to marry the prince and she died and turned into sea foam (hide spoiler)] What hurt the most for me here is learning that The Little Mermaid felt like she was walking on knives everytime she took a step in land. Would I ever do that for a man? No thank you. I'd rather have fish tail and stay in the depths of sea for three hundred years. Besides, what's so bad about being a mermaid? I think it would be amazing! P.S. The prince is such a dick here. I hate him. Story rating: 🌸🌸🌸 The Nightingale The story is about a nightingale that was called to perform for the emperor after he has heard of praises about this bird. Sooner than later, a mechanic artificial bird was sent to the emperor. It was a robot nightingale with jewels encrusted on it and he liked it better because it can sing all day and night long. The nightingale flew away. Not gonna lie I was a little bored with this one. Mainly, I think the lesson is about appreciating nature and don't dwell too much on the technology. The next one should be kindness (because of the ending). There's not much to it imo. Story rating: 🌸🌸 The Ugly Duckling A dark "duckling" was born in a brood (group of ducklings). It was ostracized and bullied by the others and it ran away. Need I say more about this story? This has probably been translated to every possible language there is and if it hasn't, it should be. I don't even need to read this story for the many times that I have read this when I was younger for school. The only comment is that I didn't know that it was this long skskksks. Better skip to the end. Lesson is probably about not discriminate and judge because of physical appearance. It's much like don't judge a book by its cover (because most of the time it's a scam). Another lesson would be to love oneself for who they truly are. Story rating: 🌸🌸🌸 The Swineherd A handsome prince of a small kingdowm was in search for a wife. He was declined by the one that he liked and he pretended to be a swineherd in their kingdom. I remember feeling giddy when I was reading this story. It was fun in my opinion. The princess was so haughty! I have to say, she got what she deserved. Lesson: Treat people as you want to be treated. Story rating: 🌸🌸🌸🌸 The Tinder Box The story is about a soldier that has come from war and stumbled upon immense wealth because of a witch in exchange that he would get a tinder box for her. He got rid of the witch and used the tinder box for himself, and... monstrous things followed. Okay, I am not so much of a fan with what happened in the end. Should this be read by children? There was too many killings (there was one, i think) for my liking. (view spoiler)[And how come did he become king in the end? And the people supported him after he killed their king and queen? No thank you. I hope they also cheer for the next king when they kill him. (hide spoiler)] Story rating: 🌸🌸 The Princess and The Pea A princess sought help in a another kingdom during a storm. To make sure that she really is a princess, the queen put a pea under a pile of mattresses. Another classic! Reading this story just made me realize that I really am no princess. It's short and sweet. First impressions are not always correct. The Emperor's New Clothes The emperor has a set of clothes for every hous of the day. Until two swindlers came to his kingdom and presented themselves as weavers. Among the lot of stories here, this has to be my favorite. It speaks so much about pride and how easy it is to manipulate people into believing something because they fear that they were in the minority. I am not going to say more. This is the one that is the most highly recommended in this collection. Story rating: 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 The Red Shoes A girl obtained a pair of red shoes and hell broke loose. We're all guilty of disobeying to get the things that we want. But do we really have to put God in the middle of this? We all know we're all going to hell anyway. Might as well do it in style and a pair of red shoes. 😗 This is boring and long. As for the story in itself, this is about the girl's disobedience and giving into temptations. No need to discuss. We almost always give in. I wasn't that intersted in this story, hence the rating. Story rating: 🌸🌸 Thumbelina An inch-high girl was born from a flower but was taken by a frog to have her marry his son. This book made me yawn. It was too darn long. But I loved how Thumbelina just really knew what she wanted in her life. She didn't want to get married to the frog and the mole! Yas, girl. Pack up your ass and leave! Lesson: Stay true and honest and you will overcome all obstacles. Story rating: 🌸🌸🌸 The Steadfast Tin Soldier The story starts when the one-legged soldier fell from the window. This covers his journey way back to his house. (Trust me, it was a longer story than I want.) This is boring. I am not invested in this either. The lesson should be about how love can solve things in the end (like just how Elsa unfroze Arendelle... still confused about that). But where's the love? I didn't really see it here. Someone help. Story rating: 🌸 The Little Match Girl The girl has not sold a single match in New Year's Eve. She lighted a stick and saw things in the dark. I bawled my eyes out when I first watched the short animation of this story. The narrative is not as good as its adaptation. HAHA. Lesson: be charitable and appreciate what you have. A lot of people are wishing to have the life that you have. Story rating: 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 I didn't really about this story. I don't even know what this is about. All I know is that it's title is Snow Queen, but I barely saw her in this 7-part story. I love the first one though. I probably have a piece or two of that mirror in my eyes and my heart. Story rating: 🌸🌸 (a star for the first story)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gale

    DANISH MASTER STORYTELLER STILL TOUCHES THE HEART Over the decades I have enjoyed many HCA fairy tales--considering them a gift to childlike hearts the world over. Many excellent illustrators have chosen individual stories to depict, thus capturing the imagination of readers of all ages. Still I must admit to being disappointed by this Harper anthology which is not all inclusive. The tales vary in length from rather long to absurdly short--not that length alone proves a valid yardstick for liter DANISH MASTER STORYTELLER STILL TOUCHES THE HEART Over the decades I have enjoyed many HCA fairy tales--considering them a gift to childlike hearts the world over. Many excellent illustrators have chosen individual stories to depict, thus capturing the imagination of readers of all ages. Still I must admit to being disappointed by this Harper anthology which is not all inclusive. The tales vary in length from rather long to absurdly short--not that length alone proves a valid yardstick for literary enjoyment. Despite the author's occasional subtle humor he intrudes too much of himself into many tales--as if readers were really interested in hearing about the actual storyteller more than the challenges of his ususally endearing characters. (One wonders if he were trying to curry favor and possibly royal patronage.) Before reading aloud to youngsters: be warned that some tales are brutal or grisly, while others seem legitimate pleas for social reform. His favorite themes for general moralizing portray the dangers of excess: greed, violence and vanity. Was HCA trying to instruct or merely entertain his young readers despite his heavy literary agenda? (June 28, 2010. I welcome dialogue with teachers.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    4.5/5 stars Individual ratings: (view spoiler)[ The Little Mermaid: 3/5 stars The Nightingale: 5/5 stars The Ugly Duckling: 4/5 stars The Swineherd: 5/5 stars The Tinder Box: 4/5 stars The Princess and the Pea: 5/5 stars The Emperor's New Clothes: 4/5 stars The Red Shoes: 3/5 stars Thumbelina: 5/5 stars The Steadfast Tin Soldier: 5/5 stars The Little Match Girl: 5/5 stars The Snow Queen: 5/5 stars (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed reading through the fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen. I liked some of them 4.5/5 stars Individual ratings: (view spoiler)[ The Little Mermaid: 3/5 stars The Nightingale: 5/5 stars The Ugly Duckling: 4/5 stars The Swineherd: 5/5 stars The Tinder Box: 4/5 stars The Princess and the Pea: 5/5 stars The Emperor's New Clothes: 4/5 stars The Red Shoes: 3/5 stars Thumbelina: 5/5 stars The Steadfast Tin Soldier: 5/5 stars The Little Match Girl: 5/5 stars The Snow Queen: 5/5 stars (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed reading through the fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen. I liked some of them better than others, but generally, I found something worthwhile and enjoyable in every single one of them. Some of them really touched my heart though. My favorites probably are the Snow Queen, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Nightingale and the Swineherd. I found some endings rather abrupt and odd; I also was a little bit disappointed by the Little Mermaid in general, whereas the Snow Queen pleasantly surprised me. Overall, I had a lovely time reading these tales. The illustrations are gorgeous and really bring the stories to life.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    So that's how The Little Mermaid ends? HUH. LOL @ The Princess and the Pea. I never knew anything about that story before this, and omg! so ridiculous! The Emperor's New Clothes: Nothing like YOLOing it when you've been fooled and you gotta keep your head held high. omg It has been SO long since I watched the movie that I don't even know how different/similar it is to the story of Thumbelina but I'm glad to see where it came from! omg The Steadfast Tin Solider is a sad, terrible fairytale. FIGURES So that's how The Little Mermaid ends? HUH. LOL @ The Princess and the Pea. I never knew anything about that story before this, and omg! so ridiculous! The Emperor's New Clothes: Nothing like YOLOing it when you've been fooled and you gotta keep your head held high. omg It has been SO long since I watched the movie that I don't even know how different/similar it is to the story of Thumbelina but I'm glad to see where it came from! omg The Steadfast Tin Solider is a sad, terrible fairytale. FIGURES. Aw, The Little Match Girl was really bittersweet. So short, but sharp and compelling! The Snow Queen was not at all what I was expecting, and I didn't really care for it THAT much? *sigh* But omg I'm so happy I read this! I think I have some more fairytales of his that I need to read from another book, but these were definitely his most popular, I'd say. And oh man, I ADORE these MinaLima editions. The designs are gorgeous, and the interactive elements are super fun. I want ALL OF THEM.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    As always, the MinaLima edition of this fairy tale collection is absolutely gorgeous. The cover is stunning, the illustrations inside are breathtaking, and all of the "interactive" elements are well thought out and add to the stories. I was surprised to read some of these stories. I recognized a lot, but I didn't actually know most of them. There were a few odd balls ones as well that I can understand why they are not as well known. But for the ones that are known, it was enlightening to read. E As always, the MinaLima edition of this fairy tale collection is absolutely gorgeous. The cover is stunning, the illustrations inside are breathtaking, and all of the "interactive" elements are well thought out and add to the stories. I was surprised to read some of these stories. I recognized a lot, but I didn't actually know most of them. There were a few odd balls ones as well that I can understand why they are not as well known. But for the ones that are known, it was enlightening to read. Everybody talks about how the true Little Mermaid story is devastating because she sacrifices herself so the prince can be happy, but they always forget that there is a bit more to the story... one that gives the little mermaid a happy ending too. I think the only story in this volume without a happy ending is The Little Match Girl, and even then there is a bittersweetness to the end. All in all, a great collection of fairy tales and stories with brilliant illustrations!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Selena Reiss

    Average rating: 4 stars exactly, but I enjoyed this reread 5 stars worth I highly recommend this collection of Andersen’s fairy tales. Not only are the illustrations and interactive elements absolutely gorgeous and immersive, but they are a collection of his best and most iconic and most Andersen tales. It’s a selection of his most quintessential works, many of which you may recognize without expecting to. Man, I love Grimm’s fairy tales, but Andersen just has a way about his fairy tales that ca Average rating: 4 stars exactly, but I enjoyed this reread 5 stars worth I highly recommend this collection of Andersen’s fairy tales. Not only are the illustrations and interactive elements absolutely gorgeous and immersive, but they are a collection of his best and most iconic and most Andersen tales. It’s a selection of his most quintessential works, many of which you may recognize without expecting to. Man, I love Grimm’s fairy tales, but Andersen just has a way about his fairy tales that can’t be replicated. Where Grimms’ tales are darkly funny and magical, Andersen’s are warmer, sadder, and more fleshed out. The Little Mermaid - 5 stars The Nightingale - 5 stars The Ugly Duckling - 4.5 stars The Swineherd - 2 stars The Tinder Box - 3 stars The Princess and the Pea - 5 stars The Emperor’s New Clothes - 3 stars The Red Shoes - 3 stars Thumbelina - 4 stars The Steadfast Tin Soldier - 4.5 stars for nostalgia The Little Match Girl - 4 stars The Snow Queen - 5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katy Morrical

    The Little Mermaid 4 stars Really weird ending...I like the movie better. Thumbelina 5 stars The Snow Queen 3 stars Elfin-Mount 3 stars The Marsh King's Daughter 4 stars The Storks 5 stars The Nightingale 5 stars The Wild Swans 5 stars The Princess and the Pea 5 stars The Red Shoes 3 stars The Emperor's New Clothes 5 stars The Swineherd 3 stars The Flying Trunk 2 stars The Leaping Match 4 stars The Shepherdess and Chimney Sweeper 3 stars The Ugly duckling 4 sta The Little Mermaid 4 stars Really weird ending...I like the movie better. Thumbelina 5 stars The Snow Queen 3 stars Elfin-Mount 3 stars The Marsh King's Daughter 4 stars The Storks 5 stars The Nightingale 5 stars The Wild Swans 5 stars The Princess and the Pea 5 stars The Red Shoes 3 stars The Emperor's New Clothes 5 stars The Swineherd 3 stars The Flying Trunk 2 stars The Leaping Match 4 stars The Shepherdess and Chimney Sweeper 3 stars The Ugly duckling 4 stars The Naughty Boy 3 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is a beautiful collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories - I'm so glad I decided to begin collecting these Harper Design editions of classics fairytales. The illustrations and interactive bits are great. As a fan of Hans Christian Andersen, I was already familiar with most of the stories. My favourites remain my favourite: The Little Mermaid, The Swinehead, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Match Girl, and The Snow Queen. The others were good too, though I did find The Nightingale This is a beautiful collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories - I'm so glad I decided to begin collecting these Harper Design editions of classics fairytales. The illustrations and interactive bits are great. As a fan of Hans Christian Andersen, I was already familiar with most of the stories. My favourites remain my favourite: The Little Mermaid, The Swinehead, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Match Girl, and The Snow Queen. The others were good too, though I did find The Nightingale and The Emperor's New Clothes as tedious as ever. All in all, this a was a great mix of his short stories.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emilie

    I loved The Little Mermaid the most, BY FAR! Everything else was just okay. Here is a complete list of all my ratings for each story. The Little Mermaid: 5/5 Thumbelina: 4/5 The Snow Queen: 3.5/5 Elfin Mount: 2/5 The Marsh King's Daughter: 2/5 The Storks: 2.5/5 The Nightingale: 3.5/5 The Wild Swans: 4/5 The Princess & the Pea: 2/5 The Red Shoes: 2/5 The Emperor's New Clothes: 3.5/5 The Swineherd: 4/5 The Flying Trunk: 1/5 The Leaping Match: 1.5/5 The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweeper: 3/5 The Ugly Ducklin I loved The Little Mermaid the most, BY FAR! Everything else was just okay. Here is a complete list of all my ratings for each story. The Little Mermaid: 5/5 Thumbelina: 4/5 The Snow Queen: 3.5/5 Elfin Mount: 2/5 The Marsh King's Daughter: 2/5 The Storks: 2.5/5 The Nightingale: 3.5/5 The Wild Swans: 4/5 The Princess & the Pea: 2/5 The Red Shoes: 2/5 The Emperor's New Clothes: 3.5/5 The Swineherd: 4/5 The Flying Trunk: 1/5 The Leaping Match: 1.5/5 The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweeper: 3/5 The Ugly Duckling: 4/5 The Naughty Boy: 1.5/5

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