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Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author famous for his fairy tales, including the Little Mermaid, the Emperor’s New Clothes, and Thumbelina. Throughout his lifetime Andersen wrote hundreds of plays, novels, and poems for both adults and children, although it’s his fairy tales that continue to get the most recognition, almost 150 years after his death.
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Key Facts & Information
EARLY AND PERSONAL LIFE
- Hans Christian Andersen was born on 2 April 1805 in Odense, Denmark. He died on 4 August 1875 and was 70 years old. His father, also called Hans, died in 1816 and his mother, Anne Marie, remarried in 1818.
- Until he was 14, Andersen attended a school for poor children and was taught weaving and tailoring. He left the school aged 14 to become an actor in Copenhagen, but a close friend told him to focus on his poetry and stories instead. He suffered from dyslexia, meaning he had trouble reading and writing.
- Andersen’s first story was published in 1822 and was called The Ghost at Palnatoke’s Grave. His first book of fairy tales was published between 1835 and 1837.
- The book contained 9 fairytales: The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, The Princess and the Pea, Little Ida’s Flowers, Thumbelina, The Naughty Boy, The Travelling Companion, The Little Mermaid, and The Emperor’s New Clothes.
- Most of his fairy tales had unhappy endings. They have been translated into more than 125 different languages around the world and have been made into countless films, TV shows, ballets, and plays.
- In Denmark, Andersen’s fairy tales are called ‘Eventyr’. He continued to publish fairy tales in short volumes until 1872. Also, he published many famous poems during this time. The Disney films The Little Mermaid, Fantasia 2000, and Frozen are all based on Andersen’s fairy tales.
- He was friends with Charles Dickens and used to visit him in England. However, their friendship ended when Andersen spent too many weeks as a guest in Dickens’ house. Dickens’ family were not impressed that he had overstayed his welcome and he was sent home, never to be heard from again. He never got married or had children.
- “Thousands of lights were burning on the green branches, and gaily-colored pictures, such as she had seen in the shop-windows, looked down upon her. The little maiden stretched out her hands towards them when–the match went out. The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, she saw them now as stars in heaven; one fell down and formed a long trail of fire.”
—from “The Little Match Girl”
- Some of his works include:
- The Angel (1843)
- The Bell
- The Emperor’s New Clothes (1837)
- The Fir-Tree (1844)
- The Galoshes of Fortune (1838)
- The Happy Family
- The Ice-Maiden (1863)
- It’s Quite True!
- Later Tales, published during 1867 & 1868 (1869)
- The Little Match Girl (1845)
- The Little Mermaid (1837)
- Little Tuck
- The Most Incredible Thing (1870)
- The Nightingale (1843)
- The Old House
- The Philosopher’s Stone (1859)
- The Princess and the Pea (1835)
- The Red Shoes (1845)
- Sandman (1841)
- The Shadow (1847)
- The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep (1845)
- The Snow Queen (1844)
- The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1838)
- The Story of a Mother (1847)
- The Swineherd (1841)
- Thumbelina (1835)
- The Tinderbox (1835)
- The Ugly Duckling (1843)
- The Wild Swans (1838)
Hans Christian Andersen Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Hans Christian Andersen across 19 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Hans Christian Andersen worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Hans Christian Andersen who was a Danish author famous for his fairy tales, including the Little Mermaid, the Emperor’s New Clothes, and Thumbelina. Throughout his lifetime Andersen wrote hundreds of plays, novels, and poems for both adults and children, although it’s his fairy tales that continue to get the most recognition, almost 150 years after his death.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Hans Christian Andersen Facts
- Tell Me the Story
- Fairy tales Vault
- Statues and Memorials
- Andersen and Disney
- The Ugly Duckling
- Versus Andersen
- Fairy Tale Ending
- In Celebration of Andersen
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