ERIC Number: EJ719891
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Publication Date: 2005-Oct
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Hans Christian Andersen. Teaching with Children's Books
Von Drasek, Linda
Teaching Pre K-8, v36 n2 p71-73 Oct 2005
The year, 2005, is the bicentennial of this great children's writer. What better time to teach his timeless tales? Andersen was born April 2, 1805, in Odense, Denmark, to a poor cobbler father and washerwoman mother. Andersen felt misplaced and believed that he was destined for greatness; he would be a great writer, an acclaimed poet, a person of renown. Teachers will recognize and empathize with Hans Christian Andersen, the child--overly sensitive, nervous, a compulsive talker and a zealous writer who did not complete assigned work in favor of his own fixations. Andersen survived years of hardship before obtaining sponsorship for his studies. This article reviews new biographies of Hans Christian Andersen as well as some newly-rendered Andersen tales that will help introduce this fascinating writer and his work to students.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Fairy Tales, Childrens Literature, Authors, Elementary Education, Biographies
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark