Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author whose enchanting fairy tales are among the most widely read stories in the world. “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Princess and the Pea” are three of his most famous tales.

Hans Christian Andersen Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Andersen Fairy Tales5 stars

The animated Andersen Fairy Tales site features three narrated fairy tales ("Real Princess," "Leaping Match" and "The Emperor's New Suit"), games, and a biography of Hans Christian Andersen. For more fairy tale fun, visit sister site Grimm Fairy Tales which showcases "The Brementown Musicians" and "Faithful John."

Gutenberg: Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales: Second Series5 stars

Illustrated by Edna F. Hart, and published in 1915, this Gutenberg e-text has twenty-nine of Andersen's most beloved stories, including The Red Shoes, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, and The Real Princess (also known as the Princess and The Pea.) I've included it because I love the original illustrations. There is also a First Series with The Ugly Duckling, and Little Thumbelina here.

Hans Christian Andersen Center5 stars

The Hans Christian Andersen Center at the University of Southern Denmark is chock full of information for middle school and high school reports. Best clicks are The Complete Andersen (in Works) and Short Biography (in Life.) The Complete Andersen is a six-volume English translation of Andersen fairy tales by Jean Hershol, a Danish actor who came to Hollywood in 1913. It is billed as "the most comprehensive edition of Andersen's fairy tales in American English on the Internet."

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories4 stars

Although not visually exciting, this Hans Christian Andersen fan site created by an Israeli math professor has chronological and alphabetic listings of 168 Andersen tales. Most of the stories are available as illustrated web pages, and 127 are also available in simple text files. The public domain text files sparked my imagination, because they could be used to create your own illustrated fairy tale book or web page. To find them, search for the hyperlinked word "public domain" and click.

Storynory: Hans Christian Andersen5 stars

Visit StoryNory to listen to twenty Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. All of the stories are also available to download, so you can load the MP3 audios onto your phone and take them on the road. The transcriptions are also available, so you can read along if you like. Storynory is my pick of the day, because listening to these timeless tales transports me back to my childhood.

Hans Christian Andersen Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Hans Christian Andersen's Paper Cuts in The Royal Library

Internet Archive: Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Scholastic: Biography of Hans Christian Andersen

SurLaLune: The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen


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