The Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian AndersenThe Emperor's New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen

The Emperor's New Clothes

byHans Christian AndersenIllustratorVirginia Lee Burton

Paperback | November 18, 2005

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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, 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.
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 Mic...
Title:The Emperor's New ClothesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9 × 7.25 × 0.17 inPublished:November 18, 2005Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0618344209

ISBN - 13:9780618344208

Appropriate for ages: 4


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