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By Celia PowellYear 1 teacher and literacy coordinator, St Edward’s Catholic Primary School

Year 1 children from St Edward’s Primary School in South Derbyshire review the latest fairytales fluttering into the shops

Andersen's Fairy Tales

Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Friederun Reichenstetter and Silke Leffler

(North-South books, ISBN 9780735821415)

This is a sparkling collection of tales from Hans Christian Andersen (I loved the quote from him that says, ‘Life is the most wonderful fairytale’). The stories include ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and ‘The Little Match Girl’ – although the less familiar ones proved just as popular. My class’ firm favourite was ‘The Princess and the Pea’. The story involves a very snooty princess, pictured balancing on a huge pile of mattresses and also on a giant pea (which provoked much laughter). The text also provided plenty of opportunities for me to speak like the Queen! Andersen’s Fairy Tales contains many engaging stories, simply told and amusingly illustrated. We also liked ‘There Is No Doubt’, a dire warning of the dangers of careless gossip; the hens are pictured as chatty ladies with glamorous handbags – much appreciated!

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