Hans Christian Andersen: His Fairy Tale Life

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Groundwood Books, Mar 19, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages
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This beautifully illustrated biography commemorates the bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen's birth. Written by one of Denmark's best-known children's authors, Hjørdis Varmer, the book chronicles the fairy-tale like story of Andersen's life, describing how the eccentric Andersen came from a poor family, was ridiculed by other children, and struggled for many years before finally finding world-wide fame writing fairy tales such as The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, and The Nightingale.

Award-winning illustrator Lilian Brøgger's highly original illustrations bring out the true spirit of the famous storyteller and incorporate many of Andersen's own paper cuttings and drawings, making this children's book one to be cherished.

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User Review  - SJKessel - LibraryThing

Varmer, H. (2005). Hans Christian Andersen: His fairy tale life. (T. Nunnally Trans.). Toronto: House of Anansi Press. 088899690x Today is technically Hans Christian Andoerson's birthday. If he were ... Read full review

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This was a very interesting introduction to a very unique (and sometimes downright strange) man. I learned a lot of things about Mr. Andersen that I never knew. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Hjordis Varmer is one of the most widely read children's authors in Denmark with eighty-six books to her credit, ranging from beginning readers to historical novels. Characteristic of her books are their thoroughly researched historical backgrounds. She has also translated a number of children's books into Danish. She lives in Hundested, Denmark.

Lilian Brogger won the Danish HC Andersen Award for her illustrations in this book -- an award that has never before been given to a children's book illustrator. She was the Danish nominee for the IBBY Andersen Illustrator's Medal in 2002 and 2004.

Tiina Nunnally has won numerous awards for her translations of Scandinavian fiction. Her most recent translations includeFairy Talesby Hans Christian Andersen (Viking) andHans Christian Andersen: A New Lifeby Jens Andersen (Overlook). She lives in New Mexico.

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