Lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gennady Spirin, this spectacular collection gathers together six of the most beloved stories by master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. The characters in these tales, from the loyal little mermaid to the brave tin soldier to the ugly duckling, learn life lessons from the experiences they encounter, lessons that are still vital to the way we live today. And Gennady Spirins delicate watercolors, in the tradition of the great masters of the Renaissance, bring these enchanted characters and their valuable lessons magically to life. Together, the pictures and tales combine to create a timeless collection of classic stories that deserve a special place on every bookshelf. Stories included: The Princess and the Pea The Brave Tin Soldier Thumbelina The Ugly Duckling The Nightingale The Little Mermaid
First of all, this really is a book for all ages. The stories are fun, and a little sad, and the artwork is wonderfully enchanting.
I impressed by how touched I was by The Ugly Duckling. It really went straight to my heart. I thought that Thumbelina was so sweet and so different from anything I remember as a kid. The Little Mermaid surprised me with having a completely different ending than the Disney version! And to be honest, I was quite disappointed in The Princess and the Pea because it was so short.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier was the saddest of them all, I didn't like the ending but I liked the travels that it took to get there.
The art itself was really what made me pick this book up. In The Nightingale there's an image of the Emperor with Death standing next to his bed and faces of his good and evil deeds watching over him. It is a two page picture and if I could have it framed I would. I'm including at least one picture from the book to show you what I mean.
I recommend this to anyone!