The Tinderbox

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Walker, 2007 - Children's stories - 40 pages
36 Reviews
When a young soldier meets an old witch, he comes into possession of a magical tinderbox. It has the power to summon three fearsome dogs to do its owner's bidding, and with their help the soldier escapes death and wins the hand of a beautiful princess.

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Review: The Tinderbox

User Review  - Linda Lipko - Goodreads

I had a visceral reaction to this book, both in the story and the scariness of the illustrations. It is a story lacking ethics and, in my opinion, not for children. When a weary soldier walks many ... Read full review

Review: The Tinderbox

User Review  - Christina - Goodreads

Another fairy tale that I had not read until today. In this fairy tale, a soldier kills a witch to steal her tinderbox, which he later discovers is magical; when he opens it, three huge dogs with ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the best known figures in literature, is best know for combining traditional folk tales with his own great imagination to produce fairy tales known to most children today. The Danish writer was born in the slums of Odense. Although he was raised in poverty, he eventually attended Copenhagen University. Although Andersen wrote poems, plays and books, he is best known for his Fairy Tales and Other Stories, written between 1835 and 1872. This work includes such famous tales as The Emperor's New Clothes, Little Ugly Duckling, The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Story of a Mother and The Swineherd. Andersen's greatest work is still influential today, helping mold some of the works of writers ranging from Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde and inspiring many of the works of Disney and other motion pictures. Andersen, who traveled greatly during his life, died in his home in Rolighed on August 4, 1875.

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