The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Analysis

The Princess and the Pea was first published in 1835, one of a handful of satirical, colloquial fairy tales in an unbound collection by Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. The colloquial language didn’t go down well with critics at the time, who also didn’t appreciate that Andersen’s silly little “wonder tales” failed to convey a moral suitable for children.

Cry Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved and Charlotte Pardi Analysis

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Cry Heart, But Never Break is a picture book to help children process their grief. The book was first published in Denmark in 2001, then translated into English by Robert Moulthrop five years later. The story is beautifully illustrated by Danish artist Charlotte Pardi. I recommend this book for children of all ages dealing with……

Tomten Stories For Children

The Tomten and the Fox (1966), illustration by Harald Wiberg, a Swedish Children's Book Illustrator, Wildlife Artist and Author

The Tomte is a Christmas creature from Nordic folklore. Tomte is Swedish, and the other Scandinavian countries have their own versions — in Norway known as Nisse.

Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer Picture Book Analysis

Rupert Can Dance is a 2014 picture book written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer, who loosely makes use of a T.S. Eliot cat archetype in his depiction of alovably combatative relationship between a secretive mystery cat and a girl. SETTING OF RUPERT CAN DANCE PERIOD — a contemporary story (published 2014), though might take place……

Pitschi by Hans Fischer (1948)

Pitschi by Hans Fischer cover

Pitschi is a picture book written and illustrated by Swiss storyteller Hans Fischer, first published in 1948. Pitschi is a good example of a post war children’s book: dangerously cosy with a stay at home message. SETTING OF PITSCHI PERIOD — mid twentieth centuryDURATION — It takes place over 24 hours. The night is the……

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Analysis

A character is different from their family/tribe and feels utterly alone. Eventually they find their ‘people’ who accept them for who they really are. Understanding they are not alone in the world after all, the main character accepts themselves. Now they can be happy. The Ugly Duckling is at its heart a transgression story. In……