Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales

5 CDs. 5:52 hrs. Listening Library. May 2018. $25. ISBN 9780525626015. digital download.
Gr 4–6—This collection includes 15 of Andersen's most memorable fairy tales. The production includes well-known classics such as "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea," "Thumbelina," and "The Ugly Duckling" as well as some lesser-known stories, including "The Rags," "Luck Can Be Found in a Stick," and "The Will-o'-the-Wisps." Each tale is translated from the traditional Danish, and the stories are enhanced by original music. The fairy tales are read by narrators including Dion Graham, F. Murray Abraham, and Januar Lavoy. The stories vary in length with some discs containing five or six tales and some discs containing only one or two.
VERDICT This collection will be useful for comparing traditional fairy tales to the versions many students are familiar with today, and the ensemble cast of narrators makes these stories both accessible and enticing for young listeners.–Anne Bosievich, Friendship Elementary School, Glen Rock, PA

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