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The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen Hardcover – 28 Mar 1994

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade) (28 Mar. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395667879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395667873
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 22.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,142,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen as an artist, and how he made paper cuttings while he was telling a fairy tale, then gave them to the children listening to him.

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Award-winning book about surprising artwork of famous author
THE AMAZING PAPER CUTTINGS OF HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN won a Parent's Choice Award and a New England Book Show Award. It was named an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Children's Book and honored with a pointer from Kirkus Reviews and a star from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. It was also listed in the New York Public Library's Top 100 Children's Books for Reading and Sharing. From the extensive research, I found Andersen to be an inspiring and complex individual whose stories still enthrall readers today--through his writing and his surprising skill with scissors, Andersen achieved the immortality he so avidly sought. Hope you find his cuttings as intriguing and amazing as I do!

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First off if you look at this book as a collection of images of the paper cuttings that Andersen created it works well as a picture book or coffee table book. However if you are looking for in depth additional information you have the wrong book.

All in all I was looking for an introduction into the life of Hans Christian Andersen with some biographical information with pictures of his artwork, this book achieved that. However I think even for a children's book I would have liked more details, at least more than 80 pages worth (some of those taken up by full page photographs).

The book is written more like a fairy tale than a non fiction factual book which makes it a very easy read and I'm sure would make it great to read to a child.

There are good quotes in the book for example on the subject of Hans Christina Andersen's thoughts on great men:

`He believed he understood how to become one `First you go through a terribly hard time, and then you become famous".

As this was a children's non fiction title I was not expecting a comprehensive biography of Hans Christian Anderson and his artwork but I was expecting more.
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By fi rashid on 10 Aug. 2014
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Very interesting and loved the amazing intricate cut outs
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Handford on 30 April 2009
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...but felt the text was worded for children (?is this a childrens book?) & had hoped for more Hans Christian Anderson paper cut illustrations.

Nice book, fair price, but seen better.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Donna Cyd on 29 April 2009
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lovely book, dint realise hans christan anderson done cuttings, not want i expected , but great. prompt delivery
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This Book Is A Real Treasure 9 April 2005
By A Story Collector - Published on
Format: Paperback
Like so many Americans, I had no idea HC Andersen was a paper-cutting genius, until reading the series of articles by Ms. Brust in the LA Times. Not to mention that he cut these "amazing" intricate pieces while telling one of his stories to a roomful of listeners at the same time.

The book's a treasure in that I feel like I've discovered gold within. Not simply a children's book, it's so well written and full of surprises, I think it will appeal to readers of all ages, from the casually curious child or adult to the Andersen enthusiast like me.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Delight for All Ages 21 Nov. 2005
By Book Nut - Published on
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I'm a paper artist who also happens to be a Hans Christian Andersen fan. I bought the book for myself, although it would be a terrific selection for a child who likes to use scissors and glue or who might be interested in the person behind some of their favorite fairy tales. It's hard to find many printed examples outside of Denmark of Hans Christian Andersen's cut paper work. Beth Wagner Brust is a paper cutter herself and brings this enthusiasm to her book. She has performed a great service for Andersen fans and paper cutters of all ages.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Story 6 Feb. 2007
By Myndy - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a storyteller I love to tell stories by Hans Christian Anderson and was thrilled to find out he was an accomplished cutter of paper. While his paper cuttings are much more intricate than the ones I do when I tell stories, the author helped me to understand that his ability to tell stories while cutting paper is a good way to keep the attention of small children. I found that "Grandma's Magic Scissors" by Linda S. Day was a good book to learn basic paper cutting skills and hope that someday I can learn to cut the intricate designs that this master storyteller cut, although I think I will carry my scissors in a bag and not my boot.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Truly Beautiful Book 26 May 2009
By Shelley Noble - Published on
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I love this book. The cuttings have a crude charm that most of the popular current pieces don't. The text is as interesting as the many cuttings pictured are, which surprised me. I can only imagine the wonder described at sitting in a circle around Mr. Anderson as he told a wonderful story, snipping paper as he spoke. Only to unfold a magical cutting filled with characters in the story, just as he finished the telling. Eyes must have grown wide with delight.

The design of the book is very appealing. It feels like a precious work of art in it's own right.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Lesser-Known & Fascinating Aspect of HCA's Art 5 April 2013
By katrina anderson - Published on
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I am so glad I found this book. It is a well-researched artifact, and the photographs of HCA's paper cuttings are masterful. I'm surprised that it's marketed as a children's book, when I am unaware of any general audience books on the matter. The writing is certainly understandable for a young person, but the complexity of the cuttings and the dimension of HCA's life are challenging and exciting for an adult to think on, too. Glad I bought this and read it before arriving at HCA's house and museum in Odense. It really added to my experience.
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