Hans Christian Andersen: His Fairy Tale Life

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Groundwood Books, Feb 1, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages
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Written by one of the best-known children's book authors in Denmark, the book tells the fairy-tale like story of Andersen's life. Hans Christian was the eccentric child of very poor parents. Often ridiculed by other children, he loved to imagine and tell stories. After years of struggling to become an actor and a writer of poetry, plays and novels, he finally found his metier -- and considerable fame -- as a writer of fairy tales such as The Ugly Duckling and The Nightingale.

Award-winning illustrator Lilian Brugger'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 book one to be cherished by collectors of children's illustrated books.

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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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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 include Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (Viking) and Hans Christian Andersen: A New Life by Jens Andersen (Overlook). She lives in New Mexico.

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