The Emperor's New Clothes

by Hans Christian Andersen, Virginia Lee Starbright Foundation
Illustrator Virginia Burton

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | March 23, 2004 | Trade Paperback

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Illustrated by the beloved creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, and Katy and the Big Snow, this is a delightful version of the tale that boys and girls have loved for centuries. The Emperor himself, his court, and his clothes-or lack of them-are as outrageous and comical as only the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen can make them, and Virginia Lee Burton adds to this tale of fun her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design.

This lovely new Folk Tale Classics edition celebrates Burton''s lively concoction of remarkable spirit and beauty.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 48 pages, 9 × 7.25 × 0.13 in

Published: March 23, 2004

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618344209

ISBN - 13: 9780618344208

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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The Emperor's New Clothes

by Hans Christian Andersen, Virginia Lee Starbright Foundation
Illustrator Virginia Burton

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 48 pages, 9 × 7.25 × 0.13 in

Published: March 23, 2004

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0618344209

ISBN - 13: 9780618344208

About the Book

Illustrated by the beloved creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, and Katy and the Big Snow, here is a delightful version of the tale that boys and girls have loved for centuries. The Emperor himself, his court, and his clothes--or lack of them--are ridiculous as only the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen can make them. Fifty-five years ago, Virginia Lee Burton added to this tale of fun her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design. This brilliant new edition features Burton's original illustrations photographed anew, freshly exhibiting her lively concoction of remarkable spirit and beauty.

From the Publisher

Illustrated by the beloved creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, and Katy and the Big Snow, this is a delightful version of the tale that boys and girls have loved for centuries. The Emperor himself, his court, and his clothes-or lack of them-are as outrageous and comical as only the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen can make them, and Virginia Lee Burton adds to this tale of fun her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design.

This lovely new Folk Tale Classics edition celebrates Burton''s lively concoction of remarkable spirit and beauty.

About the Author

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a prolific Danish author and poet best known for his fairy tales. His stories have crossed all limitations of time and space, having been translated into more than 125 languages,and have become an integral part of children''s literature worldwide. A master of the genre, his stories present lessons and entertainment for readers of all ages. Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for The Little House , Burton''s books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans. She is the author of many classic children''s picture books, including Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel and Katy and the Big Snow. Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for THE LITTLE HOUSE, Burton''s books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in
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Editorial Reviews

PreSchool-Grade 2-- This classic tale is a favorite among children; now Levinson and Byrd present a version faithful to the spirit of Andersen''s but with a slightly different twist. The retelling retains the tone of the original--spare, direct, and fluid. Byrd sets the tale in a world of anthropomorphized animals, and the results are very effective. The role assigned each beast makes perfect sense: the emperor is a lion, the rascals who trick him are foxes, the chamberlain is a goat, the royal minister is a bear, and the little child who dares to say what he really sees is a kitten. Words and pictures blend nicely, with just the right amount of text on each page for sharing aloud. Well-executed watercolor washes with pen-and-ink detailing make use of cool, vibrant colors--emerald green and fuchsia dominate. Drawn in a comic but realistic style, each animal possesses a distinct and consistent personality. The scenes are rich with detail but never crammed or confusing. All in all, a satisfying adaptation, suitable for using aloud in small group situations. --Denise Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5