Saturday, April 3, 2010

Besides Fairy Tales, He Wrote Poetry, Too

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is considered the "father of the modern fairy tale," but he also wrote poetry, novels, travel journals, plays, and three autobiographies.  His most famous stories include The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, The Red Shoes and The Snow Queen.  A statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen harbor honors Danish born  Andersen. His birthday -- April 2 -- is celebrated as International Children's Book Day.  In 2010 Google noted the writer's 205th birthday by replacing its logo with depictions of Andersen's Thumbelina.


  1. "Thumbelina" is my favorite of his stories. She floated on the water curled up in a leaf. I can see the illustration in my mind. Which of his stories do you remember?

  2. The Princess and the Pea is my all time favorite fairy tale!