April 2, 2010

Today in Teacherninja History

Today is the birthday, in 1805, of Hans Christian Anderson, Danish author and poet most known for his over 150 fairy tales. These didn't always have happy endings. I know people who still haven't gotten over The Little Match Girl. Of course, Disney changed the ending of The Little Mermaid so there's always that route.

He didn't really look much like Danny Kaye, but probably couldn't have sung "Thumbelina" as well, either. (Great, now I've got that stuck in my head.)

Because of Christian's fame it is also known as International Children's Book Day.

There are many great editions of his work, but this would be a good place to start:

The Annotated Hans Christian Anderson translated by Maria Tatar.

There are also, of course, many single editions of his tales. I like Zwerger's The Little Mermaid and Thumbeline.

What are some of your favorites?


klonghall said...

We lived in Germany when I was in 1st-3rd grade. One of those summers, we took a 3 week trip to Denmark & Sweden. I must have been about 8. I was so excited to see the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. (I should dig out the picture of me by that statue.) This was long before the Disney version. I had the story on tape, and had listened to it over and over and over. We also visited the Hans Christian Anderson museum. I bought a book of his stories there. The one I remember the most is "The Swineherd."

Jim (Teacherninja) said...

Wow. That's awesome. Let me know if you find that picture. Did you see that even Google go into the HCA love yesterday?