Off the Shelf: Classic Fairy Tales – Part 2

In last week’s botched post, I mentioned that the book I got in Phoenix contained fairy tales by Perrault and Hans Christian Andersen. I’ve already shared the illustrations from Perrault’s tales, so here are a few from Andersen’s stories. Most of these you’ll recognize.

Here’s Thumbelina being born from the flower.

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Here are a few from a curious story called The Tinderbox about a poor soldier who receives wealth from three wide-eyed dogs. In the process, he mercilessly cuts off the head of an ugly but helpful witch, and I can’t help but feel sorry for her.

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I love the apoplectic king in this one.

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Do you recognize the one-legged steadfast tin soldier?

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Now here are the risqué hijinks of the emperor and his shyster clothiers.

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This is a funny little story called The Swineherd about a selfish princess who gets what’s coming to her.

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She’s giving away kisses for toys. Never a good idea, girls.

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Here are a few classic images of The Nightingale. Here is the little maid showing the courtiers where to find the lovely bird.

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Finally, a few funny ones from the Princess and the Pea.

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Gotta love the servant’s 90-degree stride!

Have a great day!

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