It is curious, then, that two large and lavish picture-book versions of ''The Nightingale'' are appearing simultaneously. More curious still, the two books, while distinct from each other in some obvious ways -- Jerry Pinkney's version is set in Africa, for instance, while Stephen Mitchell's takes place in the more traditional Chinese setting -- are surprisingly similar in the ways that matter most.
Both are extremely faithful not only to the spirit but even to the letter of the original. Both are oversize, with dazzling, colorful and detailed illustrations. Both contain earnest notes by the author in Pinkney's case, the ''adapter''; in Mitchell's, the ''reteller''. And, of course, the basic plot line remains identical: in a faraway land lives a powerful and wealthy king or emperor.
Somewhere in his kingdom -- by the ocean, near the forest -- lives a nightingale, beloved of the common people for its exceptional singing. Poets write about the bird, which of course means trouble. When the sovereign learns that such a treasure lives within his purview, he calls the bird to court, only to trap it, put it up for show and eventually replace it with a mechanical bird whose singing is declared by the court ''expert'' to be more perfect and valuable than the living bird's.
Eventually, the nightingale regains its rightful place in the wild, in the king's gratitude and in the hearts of the people. There is one rather rough little heroine and a few pompous court windbags. The great and mighty ruler is a wonderfully complex character, simultaneously likable and arrogant, ludicrous and worthy of respectful love.
This is one of Andersen's more subtle stories, one in which he gently pits artifice against art, the wealthy and powerful against the poor and humble, doing it with a lightness of touch, and an elegance and economy of language, that his two retellers wisely leave alone. Both versions are beautiful, and both are true to the spirit of the original tale -- or the original as I have always encountered it, which is to say in good English translations. What, then, are the differences?
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The soldier kills a witch because she As she has with previous interpretations of classics, Zwerger Alice in Wonderland works from Bell's faithful translation of Andersen's text, with no happily ever after. Here the mermaid must watch her beloved prince marry another, knowing. Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, edited and illus. The exquisite jacket—which features delicate red lettering on a damask-patterned gold background and a cutout revealing a painting of a nightingale—sets up high expectations, and both Mitchell The Frog Prince and Ibatoulline Crossing.
If the entries in Stories from Hans Christian Andersen see review above dilute the headiness of their models, this volume presents a close-to-pristine translation of one of Andersen's most popular works along with highly charged and rather adult Hans Christian Andersen, Author, S. In this spare and lilting unabridged translation of the classic tale, the tiny girl's pleasant life is interrupted when she is stolen in sleep by an ugly matron-toad who seeks a wife for her son. A series of misadventures with goliath-like creatures-.
For this star-studded, collaborative interpretation of the egocentric emperor's sober unveiling, the cast of characters expands to include the perspectives of an imperial physician as told by Dr. Ruth Westheimer and a court jester who else but Le Gallienne invests her latest translation of Andersen's classics with the lyricism, humor and animation that grace her versions of The Nightingale, The Little Mermaid and Seven Tales.
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Zeldich's paintings glow with colors that emphasize the Pinkney's Rikki-Tikki-Tavi supple, exquisitely detailed watercolors provide a handsome foil to his graceful adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. This ""duckling"" is teased unmercifully by his apparent siblings but loved by the Lewis's commanding translation of this Andersen classic rings with nobility even as it maintains a colloquial jauntiness.
The famously gripping narrative, of tender-hearted Gerda's epic quest to rescue her friend Kay from the frozen realm of the Mayer's version of this story isn't necessarily better for its elaborate plot and long-winded road toward that familiar resolution. This time the duckling and his mother are warned by a Peking duck in the farmyard that they may be in for a surprise. Anne F. What is perhaps the most famous swindle in children's books receives a prehistoric makeover in this visually wry retelling.
Using the palace of Versailles as a backdrop, Goode Mama's Perfect Present whips up an ensemble of pompadoured and powdered. Teaming up for another fairy tale retelling, following Hansel and Gretel , Corace and Rylant breathe life into Hans Christian Andersen's story of a one-legged tin soldier who falls in love with a dancing doll. She's as delicate as he is The simplified telling here may be more palatable to younger readers, but it flattens the story, making what was poetic stiff and what was funny too protracted.
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