Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
Andersen, Hans Christian
(Translator: Mrs. H.B. Paull)
Type(s): Short Fiction, Young Readers, Fantasy, Collections
Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Dan-
ish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Among his best-
known stories are "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen", "The
Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Little Match Girl", "The Ugly Duck-
ling" and "The Red Shoes". During Andersen's lifetime he was feted by
royalty and acclaimed for having brought great enjoyment to a whole
generation of children throughout Europe. His fairy tales have been
translated into more than 150 languages and they continue to be pub-
lished in millions of copies all over the world. His fairy tales have inspired
the creation of numerous films, theater plays, ballets and film animations.
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IN the garden all the apple-trees were in blossom. They had hastened to
bring forth flowers before they got green leaves, and in the yard all the
ducklings walked up and down, and the cat too: it basked in the sun and
licked the sunshine from its own paws. And when one looked at the
fields, how beautifully the corn stood and how green it shone, without
comparison! and there was a twittering and a fluttering of all the little
birds, as if the day were a great festival; and so it was, for it was Sunday.
All the bells were ringing, and all the people went to church, looking
cheerful, and dressed in their best clothes. There was a look of cheerful-
ness on everything. The day was so warm and beautiful that one might
well have said: "God's kindness to us men is beyond all limits." But inside
the church the pastor stood in the pulpit, and spoke very loudly and an-
grily. He said that all men were wicked, and God would punish them for