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The Little Mermaid


The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid who is willing to give up everything to gain the love of a prince and an eternal soul. The story has been adapted into numerous films, TV series, an opera, and a ballet. Who served as the model for the famed Little Mermaid statue that sits on a rock in the Copenhagen harbor? More… Discuss

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quotation: Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Hans Christian Andersen


Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Discuss

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY


International Children’s Book Day

This day, which is observed by countries all over the world, is held on Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday, April 2, because the Danish author’s stories have been favorites among children of all nationalities. Celebrations include contests in which children illustrate their favorite books. Every two years the International Board on Books for Young People sponsors the Hans Christian Andersen medals, which are awarded to a children’s book author and a children’s book illustrator for their contributions tochildren’s literatureMore… Discuss

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Quotation: Hans Christian Andersen about death


Death … goes faster than the wind, and he never brings back what he takes.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Discuss

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: JOHANNA “JENNY” MARIA LIND (1820) -Virginia Bruce as Janny Lind (1934)


Johanna “Jenny” Maria Lind (1820)

One of the greatest coloratura sopranos of her time, Lind was a Swedish opera star who caused a sensation touring Europe. Her fame led American showman P.T. Barnum to use his innovative publicity techniques to arrange a hugely successful 1850 US tour for her. Hans Christian Andersen once fell in love with her and wrote “The Nightingale” in her honor, leading to her nickname, “The Swedish Nightingale.” A clipper ship and a class of locomotive were named for Lind, as was what piece of furniture? More… Discuss

Today’s Bithday: Hans Christian Andersen (1805)


Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen
Born April 2, 1805(1805-04-02)
Odense, Denmark
Died August 4, 1875(1875-08-04) (aged 70)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, fairy tales writer
Nationality Danish
Genres Children’s literature, travelogue


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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhaˀns ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn̩], referred to using the initials H. C. Andersen in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet noted for his children’s stories. These include “The Steadfast Tin Soldier“, “The Snow Queen“, “The Little Mermaid“, “Thumbelina“, “The Little Match Girl“, and “The Ugly Duckling“.

During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide, and was feted by royalty. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.