Michael Hague's Favourite Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales


We're reading plenty of books around here, but instead of my usual Friday round-up, I thought I'd share a very special event with you today.  You see, Little Sis got her very own library card!  She is reading on her own now, and her sister got her first card after she finished kindergarten.  It was my little one's turn!  Here she is, behind the library, holding her card and her first official library check-out.  [She also checked out the DVD of The Corpse Bride, not pictured.]  If you're wondering about the red cape, it came from Superhero Camp, a day camp at the children's theatre.  It wrapped up today.

Michael Hague's Favourite Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales.
Stories adapted by Jane S. Woodward, illustrations by Michael Hague.
Henry Holt and Co., 1981.

I needed to pick up a bag full of holds this evening, and Little Sis reminded me she still needed her own card.  [With my Friends of the Library membership, I can put things on hold and have them sent to my branch for free.  The girls use their cards for spur-of-the-moment check-outs.]  Little Sis decided very carefully.  She did not want a picture book, even though she isn't quite ready for chapter books.  She did not want an early reader, either.  I've been in a fairytale-ish, whimsical mood as of late, of course, so I suggested she look at the fairytale section.  She decided on this book right away, which is especially funny, since one of the holds I was picking up was a book of fairy poems, also illustrated by Michael Hague.

By the way, I think this whimsy @#$! must be clouding my brain.  May 31st was my two-year blogoversary!  Happy {belated} second birthday, Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes!!!


I love Hans Christian Andersen stories so much.  The book kicks off with my two favorites, "The Snow Queen" and "The Wild Swans."  The other tales are "Thumbelina," "The Elfin Hill," "Little Ida's Flowers," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Little Match Girl," "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Little Mermaid."

"The Snow Queen"

"The Snow Queen"

"The Wild Swans"

"The Wild Swans"

"Thumbelina"

"The Emperor's New Clothes"

"The Little Match Girl"

"The Ugly Duckling"

"The Little Mermaid"

Beautiful, right?  She was trying to read it in the car on the way home, but I know it's too much for her.

As for the rest of our day, we hit up Krispy Kreme for National Doughnut Day!  We each got a free doughnut for the occasion, then the hot light came on! Three hot original glazed made it into our hands.  I'm doughnut-ed out now!

I'm reading a middle grade novel, Binny for Short.  I'll write more about it when I'm done.  Big Sis is supposed to be reading Matilda, but summer calls.  At bedtime, we're reading Pippi Goes on Board!  It's about time we got to some more Pippi Longstocking!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  We have rain threatening our Ballet in the Park/River Fest excursions.  Hoping it comes and goes at the ideal times!

Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!


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  1. Happy 2 yr bloggy! Happy donuts! Happy library card and wonderful fairy tales books! That's a whole lotta happy.....:)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, lots of happy. Now it's Monday, and it's a rainy Monday to boot! Lucky for us, Little Sis is reunited with her preschool best friend today, and Big Sis starts music theatre camp this afternoon. Hoping to beat the Rainy Days and Mondays blues.

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  2. That's a very beautiful book she chose! Congratulations on being such a big kid! :D xoxo

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    1. I was impressed by her choice! We returned Corpse Bride the next day, after watching it of course. She wanted to check out one more book, so she chose Catwings by Ursula le Guin. Still too difficult for her to read on her own, but we alternated a few pages last night. I'm sure by the end of summer, she'll be there!

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  3. Happy 2 Year Blog Anniversary! It's been a fantastic two years, hasn't it? I learned a lot from reading your blog and I hope you continue to post! I didn't know kids could own library cards! I will have to see if I can get my son to sign up for his own card. I really like the idea of them having their very own library card and the responsibility it involves to borrow books. And I totally love the fairy tale books. Love love love the illustrations too. I own a few fairy tales book but I never get tired of seeing new ones.

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    1. I think most public libraries allow little ones to have their own cards. You'll probably have to sign for it, but that is all! :) And thank you so much for your kind words and support! I have more fairy stuff this week... I have a one-track mind, at times.

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  4. What beautiful illustrations! "The Snow Queen" is one of my favorite stories ever ever. I had the Mary Engelbreit version.

    We went out to Riverfest Friday night and the rain held off. Seems like Riverfest either scorches or squidges.

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    1. Somehow they did manage to keep the rain away, right? We went out Saturday morning for the Ballet in the Park performance. I missed all the concerts. I would have had to find someone to watch the girls, as the crowds and noise would have been too much for them.

      I still need to see the Mary Engelbreit version! :)

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  5. We love Michael Hague...we have The Hobbit illustrated by him! :)

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    1. His Hobbit is lovely. I also like his Oz and Life and Times of Santa Claus. Right now, I have several fairy books checked out, which I will probably share later. :)

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