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The Young Hans Christian Andersen

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Publisher Comments:

Hans Christian Anderson was born in the slums of Odense, Denmark. His parents were hardworking, and Hans received little formal education, but his childhood was his opening to the world of folklore and fairy tales. Much of his work depicts characters who gain happiness in life after suffering and conflicts and many of his childhood experiences inspired his most famous tales, such as The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid. In this intimate and gripping biography of one of the world's greatest storytellers, Karen Hesse and acclaimed artist Erik Blegvad connect Hans's own experiences

Review:

"This unconventional biography offers an impressionistic series of vignettes roughly based on seminal events from Andersen's childhood through to the point at which he leaves home at 14. But the book unfortunately falls short of placing Andersen's significance as a literary figure into a historical context for young readers. Hesse waits until the afterword, for instance, to mention that her subject grows up to be a famous writer, and many scenes teeter on melodrama. Describing the boy's experience visiting a lunatic hospital, the author writes, 'He knew he shouldn't stop in this place where madness raced like blood through the veins of the walls, but he couldn't help himself.' Hinting at some unnamed, future accomplishment, Hesse says the boy 'carried his genius like a slender bottle of champagne, its silent fizz stopped up, but determined.' The tightly constructed narrative brims with other more memorable images, yet only readers already familiar with the topic will understand the frequent, oblique references to Andersen's later works. Blegvad (who himself has translated Andersen's works in Twelve Tales) creates sometimes comical pen-and-inks with watercolor wash that depict a gawky hero reminiscent of Ichabod Crane, and the occasional town scenes and landscapes resemble enchanting, jewel-bright etchings. Although it is biographical, the book reads more like a novel about an awkward and sensitive child who believes he will one day be famous. Ages 7-10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this intimate and gripping biography of one of the world's greatest storytellers, Hesse and acclaimed artist Blegvad connect Andersen's own experiences to the timeless stories he created. Full color.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780439679909
Author:
Blegvad, Erik
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Illustrator:
Blegvad, Erik
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Authors, Danish
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Andersen, H.C
Subject:
Authors, Danish - 19th century
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
9.08x6.36x.38 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
07-10

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Product details 48 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780439679909 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This unconventional biography offers an impressionistic series of vignettes roughly based on seminal events from Andersen's childhood through to the point at which he leaves home at 14. But the book unfortunately falls short of placing Andersen's significance as a literary figure into a historical context for young readers. Hesse waits until the afterword, for instance, to mention that her subject grows up to be a famous writer, and many scenes teeter on melodrama. Describing the boy's experience visiting a lunatic hospital, the author writes, 'He knew he shouldn't stop in this place where madness raced like blood through the veins of the walls, but he couldn't help himself.' Hinting at some unnamed, future accomplishment, Hesse says the boy 'carried his genius like a slender bottle of champagne, its silent fizz stopped up, but determined.' The tightly constructed narrative brims with other more memorable images, yet only readers already familiar with the topic will understand the frequent, oblique references to Andersen's later works. Blegvad (who himself has translated Andersen's works in Twelve Tales) creates sometimes comical pen-and-inks with watercolor wash that depict a gawky hero reminiscent of Ichabod Crane, and the occasional town scenes and landscapes resemble enchanting, jewel-bright etchings. Although it is biographical, the book reads more like a novel about an awkward and sensitive child who believes he will one day be famous. Ages 7-10." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this intimate and gripping biography of one of the world's greatest storytellers, Hesse and acclaimed artist Blegvad connect Andersen's own experiences to the timeless stories he created. Full color.
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