Hans Christian Andersen was a gifted artist as well as a storyteller and writer who used his many talents to escape the poverty into which he was born. Beth Wagner Brust tells the story of Hans Christian Andersen as an artist, describing how and why he made paper cuttings, which, like his tales, were innovative and original.
I could easily use this book in a nonfiction unit for a middle school ELA course or an early high school ELA course. I would use it to teach the research and writing processes, since Brust takes a familiar topic, Hans Christian Anderson, and then shares something the audience likely does not know about the topic. I could have students take a familiar historical figure and use the research process to write about a lesser-known area of his or her life.