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Seven Stories by Hans Christian Andersen Library Binding – Sep 1978

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  • Library Binding: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Franklin Watts; Library Binding edition (Sept. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531024938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531024935
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,803,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


Presents shortened, simplified, lavishly illustrated versions of Big Klaus, Little Klaus, The Traveling Companion, The Winners, The Wild Swans, The Magic Boots, The Bog King's Daughter, and The Evil Prince.

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Hans Christian Andersen for kids 4 May 2011
By Zachary Bergen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
Ok, so I wasn't planning on writing a review, since Amazon isn't selling this book and all, but I saw the one (admittedly 3-4 year old) review and had to comment. This is Hans Christian Andersen we're talking about here. Yes, Eric Carle did shorten and illustrate the stories, but if you're buying this book and are unfamiliar with Andersen's work, then that's your fault. It is clear from just a cursory glance that this is not "Brown Bear."

In any event, I am now a 32 year-old father of a 2 year-old and this was one of my absolute favorite books growing up. I recently dug it out of storage to read to my little guy, and he loves it as well. He is only 2, and has a wide variety of books that he loves, but ever since I introduced this one a few months ago, 9 times out of 10 he asks for the "storybook."

In fact, the reason why I am even on this page is because, after reading The Bog King's Daughter to him tonight, I thought that a friend who also has a 2 year-old would also love to have the book and was looking to see if it was still for sale. I was surprised to see that it got such a low review, but when the negative review refers to Big and Little Klaus as brothers, it is safe to assume that it was written by some illiterate who hasn't even read this "kiddified" version, let alone the original stories.

So basically, if you happen to be reading this review and know nothing about this book, which I think would be something of a long shot, just know that yes, it is based on stories that are a bit darker than Brown Bear, but it is also the rare combination of a master storyteller (Andersen) and master illustrator (Carle). If you can find a copy, do yourself and your kids a favor and buy it.
A childhood favorite 25 Aug. 2011
By A. Dejarlais - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is pure nostalgia for me. It was a part of my bedtime story routine for years and I adore the stories and illustrations within. Yes, I remember sometimes crying while reading "Big Klaus and Little Klaus," (I was a very sensitive child) although I can't say that I was traumatized by it permanently. There are strange and silly and joyous stories in this book and they do not omit entirely sadness. They are stories and illustrations that are compelling and make children feel, how could this be a bad thing? It is obvious that these stories are designed to be enjoyed by school age children, rather than preschool age, the length of the stories and amount of words on a page alone make it clear that these are read aloud stories for kindergarten or 1st graders and up. Yes, there are skeletons, a bizarre looking wizard, violence and blood but each story has a "happy ending" of sorts. There are also princesses, swans, beauty and love in abundance. This book is a work of beautiful art and language, I am grateful that I found it still available.
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too scary for little kids 22 Aug. 2007
By DM in SF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Library Binding
My preschooler loves Eric Carle's classics (Brown Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc.) and so her grandmother thought this would be a great book to read to her. But it's too dark and disturbing for young or sensitive kids. The first story is about two rival brothers who try to kill each other until one of them gets drowned in the river. Another is about an enchanted princess whose suitors are beheaded (and their skeletons are hung from trees) when they fail to answer a question, with a picture of scattered skulls and skeletons that gave my child nightmares. Not all of the stories are this grisly, but enough are so that I wouldn't recommend this book for young kids. What's puzzling is that in the author's note, Carle writes that he kept the text short and focused more on the illustrations because very young children understand more from pictures than words -- so he does seem to have intended this book for little kids. What was he thinking?
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