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Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author famous for his fairytales, 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 fairytales that continue to get the most recognition, almost 150 years after his death. See the fact file below for more information or download the comprehensive 11 page study pack which includes a number of worksheets suitable for the classroom or home environment.
- Hans Christian Anderson was born on 2 April 1805 in Odense, Denmark. He died on 4 August 1875 and was 70 years old.
- Andersen’s 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.
- Andersen 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 fairytales 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 Andersen’s fairytales had unhappy endings.
- Andersen’s fairytales 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 fairytales are called ‘Eventyr’.
- Hans Christian Andersen continued to publish fairytales in short volumes until 1872. He also published many famous poems during this time.
- The Disney films The Little Mermaid, Fantasia 2000 and Frozen are all based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales.
- Andersen 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.
- Hans Christian Andersen never got married or had children.
- There are many statues and memorials of Hans Christian Andersen around the World, including statues in New York’s Central Park, Copenhagen, Slovakia and Sydney, Australia.
- Andersen’s birthday (April 2) is now known as International Children’s Book Day.
Hans Christian Andersen Worksheets
This bundle includes 11 ready-to-use Hans Christian Andersen worksheets that are perfect for students to learn Hans Christian Andersen who was a Danish author famous for his fairytales, 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 fairytales that continue to get the most recognition, almost 150 years after his death.
This download includes the following worksheets:
- Hans Christian Andersen Facts
- The Storyteller
- Other Famous Authors
- Tell Me The Story
- The Eventyr
- Name That Character
- Statues and Memorials
- A Disney Film
- The Poet
- International Children’s Book Day
- My Fairy Tale Ending
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