I’m a sucker for Hans. Every time I see a book of his stories, I have to take a look — and most of the time, I have to buy it.
That’s what happened when I saw “The Classic Treasury of Hans Christian Anderson” at my local library bookshop.
The stories are retold by Margaret Clark and illustrated by Christian Birmingham. Copyright 2002 by Running Press for Hallmark. Yes, this is a Hallmark gift book. It’s massive, 10 by 14 inches.
As you may suspect, it’s devoted to his most popular stories, Thumbelina, The Nightingale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Little Mermaid, The Little Match Girl, The Emporer’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, and The Princess and the Pea.
The cover is totally uninspiring, so I wasn’t expecting to like the illustrations much, but when I looked inside, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the images.
You know the stories, so I won’t prattle. Hope you enjoy these!
I always love the illustration of the maid leading the court officials to where the nightingale lives in the forest.
Doesn’t this one just break your heart?
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Do you think Hans Christian Anderson’s stories are mostly magical or mostly depressing?