10 Facts About Fairy Tale Writer Hans Christian Andersen For International Children's Book Day

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Who is Hans Christian Andersen? Writer of fairy tales and the reason we celebrate International Children's Book Day.

Fairy tales are a part of growing up. There are some amazing fairy tales and children's books which are an excellent way to introduce little ones to reading as they step inside imaginary worlds filled with words. One well-known and popular fairy tale writer was Hans Christian Andersen. Hans Christian Andersen was Danish born on April 2, 1805. Today, this date is used as a celebration of International Children's Book Day in his honor. In light of the day to be celebrated, how much do you and your children know about Hans Christian Andersen? Here are 10 facts you may want to know before diving into his famous children's stories:

1. Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 and died at the age of 70 on August 4, 1875.

2. His fairy tales were not popular at first. It took almost 10 years before they were well received by parents and children and sold well.  The author was in his 30s when he wrote his fairy tales but would not see success until his 40s.

3. A bronze sculpture of the writer sitting on a granite bench was created by sculptor Georg John Lober in 1956 and depicts Andersen sitting on a bench, reading a book with a duck looking on.  During the summer, children's stories are read to groups of awaiting young ears in front of the sculpture.  Children are often seen perched atop the book or duck.

4. On the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark, you will find a sculpture of a mermaid in honor of his fairy tale, The Little Mermaid.

5. Andersen was not considered to be handsome. In fact, some considered him to be quite unattractive.  Speculation can suggest that the story of The Ugly Duckling may have been derived from personal experience.

6. Hans Christian Andersen did not enjoy school. According to Wikipedia, he is quoted to have said that his schooling days were: The darkest and most bitter of his life.

7. Hans Christian Andersen wrote many works including The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Emperors' New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea and The Ugly Duckling. Some of his original works were changed to adapt to theater when Disney used them to create movies about the stories.  Many variations of his stories have been enjoyed and passed down from generation to generation throughout the years.

8. Though, many children love his works and can even be seen frequently perched upon his bronze statue in Central Park, Hans Christian Andersen never married and had no children.

9. In 1952, a movie was made about Hans Christian Andersen. The Family Classics movie is fittingly called Hans Christian Andersen and is said to be a fairy tale about a writer of fairy tales and not a true-to-life documentary.

10. on April 2 each year, the entire world celebrates the writings of Hans Christian Anderson by celebrating International Children's Book Day on his birthday.

Now that you and your child know a little about Hans Christian Andersen, you might enjoy his works all the more. If you have not yet discovered the exciting adventures written in fairy tale form, International Children's Book Day is a great time to begin the journey of loving a book with your child.  His works can be found in bookstores and libraries around the world.


Posted on Jun 5, 2011
Sandy James
Posted on Apr 4, 2011