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Hans Christian Andersen

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    Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875) was a Danish author and prolific writer of plays, novels and poems, but he is best remembered for his fairy tales. Among his most-loved stories are The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling and The Snow Queen , but it is probably for The Little Mermaid that he is most famous. He was born in Odense, and his father introduced him to literature by reading to him Arabian Nights . When he was fourteen he moved to Copenhagen to work as an actor, but soon began to focus on his writing. The Little Mermaid was first published in a collection called Fairy Tales in 1835.

    Edmund Dulac (1882 - 1953) was born in Toulouse, France. He attended art classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and then in 1903 won a scholarship to the Academie Julian in Toulouse. Interested in English culture, in 1904 Dulac moved to London and changed his name to the more English spelling of Edmund, and in 1912 he became a British citizen. His first commission, at the age of only twenty-two, was to illustrate the collected works of the Bronte sisters. Dulac became one of the most memorable and recognisable illustrators of the early twentieth century and his illustrations for The Little Mermaid remain among the most iconic images for this tragic story.

    1st September 2014

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin... More

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    1st October 2012

    The Snow Queen

    The enchanting fairytale retold through simple and engaging text with stunning original artwork. Gerda and Kay are best ... More

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    1st February 2013

    The Emperors New Clothes

    A comical retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale. The emperor needs a new outfit and it has to be sp... More

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    16th March 2011

    The Ugly Duckling

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    25th August 2014

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    The much-loved story of Snow White, specially retold for beginner readers and illustrated with fresh, colourful pictures... More

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    25th April 1998

    Read it Yourself Level 3: Thumbelina

    Designed for children learning to read, this book retells Thumbelina in lively, natural language to help children develo... More

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