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This fairy tale will acquaint the little reader with the contrast of what is natural and what is artificial, what occurs in nature, and what is made by man, and how the beauty of the former can be superior to the latter.

This is conveyed through a mechanical bird and a real nightingale. The ability of the artificial bird is to repeatedly play the same melodic tune, whereas the real bird sings different tunes, and it these songs that save the emperor and fends off death at his most difficult hour. All the while the mechanical clockwork of the artificial bird remains silent.     


Retold by Clara Wedersøe Strunge

Illustrated by Assol Sas

Publisher: Hans Christian Andersen Copenhagen

Published: 2021

ISBN DK: 9788794005128

ISBN ENG: 9788794005074

ISBN GE: 9788794005289

Length: 48 pages

Size: 150 mm x 10 mm x 230 mm

Contents: “The Nightingale”

Published in Danish, English and German

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his literary fairy tales.
Andersen’s fairy tales, consisting of 156 stories across nine volumes and translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West’s collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films.