Saturday, April 02, 2005

Hans Christian Andersen Bicentennial

The Danish writer of beloved children's stories, Hans Christian Andersen, was born 200 years ago today, on April 2, 1805. Is it not fitting then, that the country of his birth should celebrate the bicentennial with a week-long festival?

There is a very nice article this morning at the National Public Radio website. Anderson penned such favorites as The Princess and the Pea, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, and The Emperor's New Clothes.

Why not pick up a copy of his tales and read a few of them aloud to your children, in remembrance of this anniversary? On-line versions of 31 Anderson tales in easy-to-read print can be found here.

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