Hans Christian Andersen (Little People, Big Dreams)

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Title: Hans Christian Andersen (Little People, Big Dreams)

Writer: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrated by Maxine Lee-Mackie

Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

Date of Publication: April 20th 2021

Rating: 5 stars

‘’The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.

    Hans Christian Andersen

A poor boy from Denmark has barely food to eat but his family keeps a treasure inside a cupboard. A book. But this is no ordinary book. It is a volume of fairytales. Arabian Nights fills his dreams with tales of faraway lands and wondrous deeds. But reality is cruel. The young boy has to work to help his mother when his father dies and entertains her with imaginative puppet shows. 

‘’To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, 

To gain all while you give, 

To roam the roads of lands remote, 

To travel is to live.’’

    Hans Christian Andersen

He started as an artist, returned to school, and began writing stories that were born out of his vivid imagination and gentle soul. When his heart broke, he created an antidote to his pain. He gave us some of the most beautiful and saddest fairy tales.

Hans Christian Andersen - Little People, BIG DREAMS

‘’But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.’’

               Hans Christian Andersen

‘’She laughed and danced with the thought of death in her heart.’’

               Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Little March Girl, The Nightingale, The Red Shoes, The Wild Swans.

His tales have accompanied the nights and dreams of millions of children all over the world and will continue to be a part of our lives for generations to come.

One of the most important offspring of beautiful Denmark. His name? Hans Christian Andersen.

‘’If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand fully the source of my longing and – pity me. Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths, which no divers know.’’

                        Hans Christian Andersen

Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.