Monday, April 02, 2007

Celebrating Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (or H.C. Andersen as he is known in Scandinavia) was born on this day in 1805. While hoping to succeed as a novelist and playwright, he found his fame in the fairy tales he created. Some of his tales you may be familiar with include:
My favorites are The Nightingale and The Fir-Tree.

You can learn more about him and his work at the Hans Christian Andersen Center. In honor of the anniversary of his birth, they have published two new galleries of fairy tale illustrations from Russia and Chile.


  1. Today's his birthday? Who knew! Thanks. I'll have to read one of his stories in celebration . . .

    Thanks for participating in 7 Kicks every week. Love your thoughtful lists.

  2. A quite wonderful biography of the man is Hans Christian Andersen: His Fairy Tale Life by Hjordis Varmer, translated by Tiina Nunnally, and illustrated by Lilian Brogger. The publisher is Groundwood. Highly, highly recommended. (We had it on last year's NCTE Notables list and Tiina was on our panel at the conventions. She was fascinating too.)

  3. Thanks for the link to the Hans Christian Anderson Center! I followed it, and found the gallery of all the O. Klever paintings--beautiful!