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Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" has delighted readers for more than a century and inspired numerous adaptations. This anthology gathers 100 tales that share the winter theme of Andersen's classic. In addition to stories by Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, it includes works by Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Wilde, selections from Andrew Lang's fairy books, and Alexa Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" has delighted readers for more than a century and inspired numerous adaptations. This anthology gathers 100 tales that share the winter theme of Andersen's classic. In addition to stories by Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, it includes works by Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Wilde, selections from Andrew Lang's fairy books, and Alexandre Dumas's The History of a Nutcracker.


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Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" has delighted readers for more than a century and inspired numerous adaptations. This anthology gathers 100 tales that share the winter theme of Andersen's classic. In addition to stories by Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, it includes works by Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Wilde, selections from Andrew Lang's fairy books, and Alexa Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" has delighted readers for more than a century and inspired numerous adaptations. This anthology gathers 100 tales that share the winter theme of Andersen's classic. In addition to stories by Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, it includes works by Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Wilde, selections from Andrew Lang's fairy books, and Alexandre Dumas's The History of a Nutcracker.

30 review for The Snow Queen and Other Winter Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    3.5 stars!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mikaela Garcia

    I Like that it has Scandinavian fairytales. And the last one was "The Nutcracker" by E.T.A Hoffman. Perfect for reading during winter break. I Like that it has Scandinavian fairytales. And the last one was "The Nutcracker" by E.T.A Hoffman. Perfect for reading during winter break.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    In 1911, the British publisher Hodder & Stoughton published an edition of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy-tales, accompanied by twenty-eight gorgeous full-color illustrations by Edmund Dulac, a "Golden-Age" illustrator whose work has been compared to such artists as Arthur Rackham. This collection, published in 1976 by Doubleday, contains five of the original seven tales - The Garden of Paradise and The Real Princess (AKA The Princess and the Pea) have been omitted - and fifteen of the original In 1911, the British publisher Hodder & Stoughton published an edition of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy-tales, accompanied by twenty-eight gorgeous full-color illustrations by Edmund Dulac, a "Golden-Age" illustrator whose work has been compared to such artists as Arthur Rackham. This collection, published in 1976 by Doubleday, contains five of the original seven tales - The Garden of Paradise and The Real Princess (AKA The Princess and the Pea) have been omitted - and fifteen of the original twenty-eight plates. Readers looking for an edition more faithful to the original, should check out the recent facsimile printed by Calla Editions. Here the reader will encounter faithful, albeit rather stiff and old-fashioned, translations of The Snow Queen (in all seven parts!), The Emperor's New Clothes, The Wind's Tale About Waldemar Daa and His Daughters (the first time I have seen this anthologized!), The Nightingale, and The Little Mermaid. No information as to translator is given, nor can I discover any online, which is rather frustrating. Still, I imagine that most readers' primary interest in this volume will be the Dulac paintings, which are beautiful, despite the poor reproductions. The cover shows Gerda and the reindeer kissing, an image that attentive readers will recognize from The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen (upper right-hand corner). I think my favorites, of the illustrations, were this one (of Gerda and the reindeer), the one of Waldemar Daa's youngest daughter, Anna Dorothea, gathering herbs, and the depiction of the Snow Queen hovering above the city. That said, I'm not sure I'd recommend this title, either to Andersen or Dulac fans, as the complete edition is available from Calla. Still, those who stumble across it will undoubtedly find much that appeals to them, in its pages.

  4. 4 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    This book will keep you busy with so many tales written by a variety of authors who fall into the classic author realm. Pick this one up in hardback it is a keeper.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin Marie-Brown Salter

    Beautiful collection! Perfect for a long cold winter- 5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kait Butterfield

    I love the imaginative and beautiful descriptions of winter throughout these stories. Some of the tales are only included in this anthology because winter or Christmas are mentioned, and some of the translations are awkward. I liked almost half of stories a lot and the rest were either okay or no good. But it was well worth the read, and has helped me enjoy winter even more. The stories I really enjoyed include: The Snow Queen Tilly's Christmas The Snowman The Ice Maiden Christmas with the Baron The S I love the imaginative and beautiful descriptions of winter throughout these stories. Some of the tales are only included in this anthology because winter or Christmas are mentioned, and some of the translations are awkward. I liked almost half of stories a lot and the rest were either okay or no good. But it was well worth the read, and has helped me enjoy winter even more. The stories I really enjoyed include: The Snow Queen Tilly's Christmas The Snowman The Ice Maiden Christmas with the Baron The Story of a Mother Pretty Maruschka "Thou Wert Right, Little Dove" The Snow-Maiden The Old Secretary's Christmas Eve Ripple, the Water-spirit How Sampo Lappelil Saw The Mountain King Jack Frost The Star-Child The Springtide of Love The History of the Nutcracker

  7. 4 out of 5

    ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    This is the prettiest cover I've ever touched. I bought it and its so, so pretty. The stories are amazing and you can feel the Winter in your bones! AMAZING edition.However...I think theses fairytales are more meant for adults than children...:D This is the prettiest cover I've ever touched. I bought it and its so, so pretty. The stories are amazing and you can feel the Winter in your bones! AMAZING edition.However...I think theses fairytales are more meant for adults than children...:D

  8. 5 out of 5

    SwedishGeekGirl

    Perfect stories for the cold Winter months. I was suprised that there was a couple Swedish tales in this one. The snow Queen and other Winter tales get a 8.4/10 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    EuroHackie

    An incredibly beautiful volume of winter tales, bookended by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and Alexandre Dumas's "The History of a Nutcracker." The book itself is beautiful - bonded leather in ice blue with silvery gilt pages ♥ The tales are a mix of fairy tales and winter stories by the likes of Louisa May Alcott, Oscar Wilde, and Charles Dickens. The fairy tales are derived from Andrew Lang's twelve color-coded volumes of fairy tales and traditional tales from around the world. A pe An incredibly beautiful volume of winter tales, bookended by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen" and Alexandre Dumas's "The History of a Nutcracker." The book itself is beautiful - bonded leather in ice blue with silvery gilt pages ♥ The tales are a mix of fairy tales and winter stories by the likes of Louisa May Alcott, Oscar Wilde, and Charles Dickens. The fairy tales are derived from Andrew Lang's twelve color-coded volumes of fairy tales and traditional tales from around the world. A perfect way to welcome the season of ice and snow!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christabelle Garcia

    The book contained multiple tales and tales that you can share with other people and share around the campfire. Some of the stories were about horror and some of them were emotional on how christmas was for different characters, and should receive 5 out of 5 stars. My three main reasons for this rating is because it was about fantasy,emotional, and some were about the origins of christmas, nutcracker, the snow queen and other tales. If I were to rate just the first ⅓ of the book, I would give tha The book contained multiple tales and tales that you can share with other people and share around the campfire. Some of the stories were about horror and some of them were emotional on how christmas was for different characters, and should receive 5 out of 5 stars. My three main reasons for this rating is because it was about fantasy,emotional, and some were about the origins of christmas, nutcracker, the snow queen and other tales. If I were to rate just the first ⅓ of the book, I would give that part 5 out of 5 stars mostly because it had a variety of tales and some characters interconnect with other tales. The characters are very descriptive and gave background stories of each character. The way the authors tells the story is having different themes and having different styles of the stories. The readers are effectively introduced to different cultural tales and themes of each story. And my favorite story of this section was the snow queen because I love how the characters are expressed in this novel and the little sister Gerda saved her big brother kay from the evil snow queen. For the second ⅓ of the book, I would rate it 5 out of 5 stars mostly because The story of the Fir-Tree was frightening and funny because the story talks about a pine tree that is taken into a house that the children and family decorates for christmas . The tree is then taken into the village and then chopped up and placed in a fireplace where he is burning up alive. I noticed that the author uses very descriptive language to describe the tree’s life and when it is dying in the fireplace. He uses words like POP-POP to describe the scene and how for each shot of the popping sound he signed and wished to stayed back in the forest where is was cold and when he was young. This story was very interesting because it brought a lot of imagery and a dark story of trees during christmas. Finally, in the last ⅓ of the book, I would give it a 5 out of 5 stars because is was a beautiful story. The story is called Jack Frost (traditional Russian Tale) and was actually similar to the cinderella story. The story began with a young girl that grew up with a step mom and two sisters. The mother did not like Martha and everyday make her work harder then ever, she only cared about her two daughters, Pasha and Masha. One day the mother said that her daughters must get married and become rich , but not Martha. The daughters did not find any good man to marry, so the mother told her husband to leave martha in the woods and let her freeze to death. The husband did as he was told and told her to stay under the pine tree. She did as she was told and waited and soon was freezing to death, then Jack frost came and asked the maiden , “Are you warm Pretty Maiden? Are you warm?”. She replied by saying her was Burning because she was freezing and thought that she was getting warmed. Jack frost gave her his coat and she went back to being Rich with present. The mother had an idea and sent her other daughters to fo the same, but the two girls were rude when they meet Jack Frost and resulted in there punishment of Jack Frost touching them and they died. When the mother sent the father to fetch her daughters they were dead and the mother was blaming her husband but then thought of her actions. Martha was then Married and lived Happily Ever After. My favorite part of this ending was that the cruel people receive their punishment and the good receive a happy life .After reading this book, I have grown as a reader because now I know different stories that you can read during the winter and traditional stories. Every story in the book have different messages and some are very touchy and some just tell you the truth about our life and how sometimes good and evil are not the same, and everything comes with a price. In conclusion, I would recommend this book for my peers because some of the stories were meant for kids but are actually to brutal and some are beautiful, and it would be a good christmas and horror story and all the storie have different message that can help you in the real world.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A beautiful collection of Winter Tales, perfect for reading in the cold Winter months. This book is bursting with a fantastic range of fairy and folk tales from a variety of cultures; Magyar, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Slovakian, and many more. The inclusion of short stories from known authors such as; Oscar Wilde and Louisa May Alcott really flesh out the diversity of the stories, with some concerning Christmas and others about the Winter Season in general. The book opens with The Snow Queen by H A beautiful collection of Winter Tales, perfect for reading in the cold Winter months. This book is bursting with a fantastic range of fairy and folk tales from a variety of cultures; Magyar, Spanish, Russian, Swedish, Slovakian, and many more. The inclusion of short stories from known authors such as; Oscar Wilde and Louisa May Alcott really flesh out the diversity of the stories, with some concerning Christmas and others about the Winter Season in general. The book opens with The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, which as my first time reading I enjoyed, but was surprised at how different it was from the more modern iterations Ive come across. The ending tale A History of Nutcracker by Alexandre Dumas was by far my favorite story within the entire volume. Now while I enjoyed the Book overall I must address, in my opinion some of its faults. The edition I read was the Barnes and Noble Collectable one and while the book itself is stunning with its beautiful light blue bonded leather cover dotted with winter scenes and silver gilt, I do feel that of the 100 or so tales gathered in this volume some could have been chosen with perhaps a bit more care, as around 20ish of the stories were basically repeats with only names and small events being changed. Now I am aware that this is the nature of fairy and folk tales, as each new generation tends to change up details to make the stories fresh, but I do feel that the saying 'Quality over Quantity' should have been used during the selection process. The only other criticism I can give in the same vain, is that this edition would have benefited by have illustrations included so as to break up the 724 pages of text. Overall I did enjoy the book and would recommend it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Betty Strohecker

    This is a delightful book of fairy tales and folk tales from traditional authors (Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm Brothers) and a variety of cultures. An added pleasure was the inclusion of short selections from such well known authors as Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Louisa May Alcott, and Alexandre Dumas. I particularly enjoyed the last selection, Dumas' History of a Nutcracker. This is a delightful book of fairy tales and folk tales from traditional authors (Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm Brothers) and a variety of cultures. An added pleasure was the inclusion of short selections from such well known authors as Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Louisa May Alcott, and Alexandre Dumas. I particularly enjoyed the last selection, Dumas' History of a Nutcracker.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    When I got this book i half expected to be butchered in some way shape or form but it was put together well in its entirety when I was reading it it made me extremely calm and centered and the full tale of the ice queen was very intriguing. I would highly recommend this to anyone who needs a chill back kind of book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Gillick

    It was a perfect read for winter time! I received this for Christmas back in 2018. While I did not read every single story in this, what's nice about it is just that--to have plenty of stories to choose from in here. The imagery of these stories takes your breath away! There were stories I haven't heard of and ones I finally had the chance to read! Ones that I rather not read again because they were either too sad or disturbing What's awesome is how not every story in here is not even from the t It was a perfect read for winter time! I received this for Christmas back in 2018. While I did not read every single story in this, what's nice about it is just that--to have plenty of stories to choose from in here. The imagery of these stories takes your breath away! There were stories I haven't heard of and ones I finally had the chance to read! Ones that I rather not read again because they were either too sad or disturbing What's awesome is how not every story in here is not even from the twentieth century. Definitely a collection I'd re-read! It encourages me to check out the other fairy books!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    I read The Snow Queen, The Selfish Giant, and a few other stories from this Winter-themed compendium to my daughter. The Snow Queen has always been one of my favorite stories and The Selfish Giant is one I grew up with the 1971 cartoon adaptation instead of the written story but it's word for word the same and was quite nostalgic. I read The Snow Queen, The Selfish Giant, and a few other stories from this Winter-themed compendium to my daughter. The Snow Queen has always been one of my favorite stories and The Selfish Giant is one I grew up with the 1971 cartoon adaptation instead of the written story but it's word for word the same and was quite nostalgic.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kiri

    A wonderful collection! Some stories were a little dull, but some were absolute favorites so I think it evens out. I highly recommend Heart of Ice from the Green Fairy Book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paulina

    Hmmm 🤔 I can see how this story inspired so many others, but I cannot say that I particularly enjoyed this original version.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Picked this up at an antiquarian book fair. Edmund Dulac’s (1805-1875) illustrations are gorgeous, and reproduced well in this volume. His style reminds a little of Arthur Rakham, though not as grotesque. The book contains five tales selected from a 1911 collection of Hans Christian Andersen tales. Of course, the main reason to read this edition is the illustrations, which are rich and detailed, I'll include a favorite illustration from each tale below. “The Snow Queen” was long, making up almost Picked this up at an antiquarian book fair. Edmund Dulac’s (1805-1875) illustrations are gorgeous, and reproduced well in this volume. His style reminds a little of Arthur Rakham, though not as grotesque. The book contains five tales selected from a 1911 collection of Hans Christian Andersen tales. Of course, the main reason to read this edition is the illustrations, which are rich and detailed, I'll include a favorite illustration from each tale below. “The Snow Queen” was long, making up almost half the book, and is rather tedious, the plot seeming to meander. It feels more like a novella than a fairy tale. But it was interesting to read. “The Wind’s Tale” was also rather dull. The Emperor’s New Clothes was ok. I knew this tale well, and it's relatively short with just one illustration. I enjoyed “The Nightingale” which is a tale I wasn’t familiar with. It's set in China, and the part about a mechanical bird reminded me of 19th century mechanical birds I saw at the Musical Wonder House, a museum in Wiscassett, Maine. The birds had tiny bellows inside and really sounded like real birds, though not nearly as elaborate as what is described in the tale. My favorite was “The Little Mermaid” which has such vivid descriptions. This is the original version which ends tragically, and which has a Christian theme about souls running through it. Overall, based on my level of enjoyment, I'd give the tales a 3 and the illustrations a 5, so will average my rating at 4.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    These stories were not what I anticipated. The Snow Queen was charming in some ways, perhaps because love triumphs over lies and evil. The translation doesn't make you feel as if you really are in the story, but as though you're hearing a distant, simplified version (being unable to read the original, I couldn't compare.) The creativity reminds me of some of my favorite George MacDonald stories, but the story is so much shorter that you don't get to know the characters or enter into vividly desc These stories were not what I anticipated. The Snow Queen was charming in some ways, perhaps because love triumphs over lies and evil. The translation doesn't make you feel as if you really are in the story, but as though you're hearing a distant, simplified version (being unable to read the original, I couldn't compare.) The creativity reminds me of some of my favorite George MacDonald stories, but the story is so much shorter that you don't get to know the characters or enter into vividly described scenes. I found The Wind's Tale depressing, The Nightingale easily anticipated, The Emperor's New Clothes familiar (doesn't everyone know that one?) and The Little Mermaid is grotesque and horrific in some parts. The stories are undeniably creative, but enjoyable only if you like weird stories, and I am usually quite fond of fantasy. I would be too much like the court officials in "The Emperor's New Clothes" if I said not what I think.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Meagan T

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I gave this book 1 star because it's a folklore story and I'm not a big fan of folklore. It wasn't really exciting and it didn't capture my attention. It's a children's book so it was an easy read but I needed to read a folklore book. I only read the Snow Queen story of this book. There are more stories, I just didn't read them. It was kind of inspiring that the girl kept looking for her friend. She never gave up looking for him. I gave this book 1 star because it's a folklore story and I'm not a big fan of folklore. It wasn't really exciting and it didn't capture my attention. It's a children's book so it was an easy read but I needed to read a folklore book. I only read the Snow Queen story of this book. There are more stories, I just didn't read them. It was kind of inspiring that the girl kept looking for her friend. She never gave up looking for him.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cherrie

    I liked this edition a lot, from the printing to the illustrations. I love Hans Andersen's language too (assuming the translator had followed the original scripts honestly), but the stories themselves, not so much. To be honest, reading Hans Andersen's tales depressed me, especially the Little Mermaid. I actually hated that one. Perhaps Hans Andersen's tales aren't really for me. I liked this edition a lot, from the printing to the illustrations. I love Hans Andersen's language too (assuming the translator had followed the original scripts honestly), but the stories themselves, not so much. To be honest, reading Hans Andersen's tales depressed me, especially the Little Mermaid. I actually hated that one. Perhaps Hans Andersen's tales aren't really for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeana

    The Snow Queen and Little Mermaid in its original form are some of my favorite fairytales. The Emperor's Clothes and the Nightingale were good. But I didn't much care for The Wind's Tale. I never seemed to get into it. The Snow Queen and Little Mermaid in its original form are some of my favorite fairytales. The Emperor's Clothes and the Nightingale were good. But I didn't much care for The Wind's Tale. I never seemed to get into it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dez

    I loved the stories inside of the book. I was able to imagine everything I read. Honestly when I'm able to imagine all of those stories I get excited, because there aren't many stories that allow me to 100% do that. I loved the stories inside of the book. I was able to imagine everything I read. Honestly when I'm able to imagine all of those stories I get excited, because there aren't many stories that allow me to 100% do that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin H

    Great collection of stories!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie Henigan

    One of several translations of this masterpeice I like--and definitely with my favorite illustrations by the great Edward Dulac.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    These tales are wonderful. Love the Snow Queen. It's become one of my favorites, easily in the top 5 fairy tales. These tales are wonderful. Love the Snow Queen. It's become one of my favorites, easily in the top 5 fairy tales.

  27. 4 out of 5

    LunaLord

    Very good book. I loved reading the old traditional stories. I was a bit put off but some of the phrasing particularly old style race wording.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cortney Valyan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marti Jacques

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kendyl

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