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Hans Christian Andersen
2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875
image: The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation is based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name.

HansWho was Hans Christian Andersen?

Hans Christian Andersen was born at Odense in Demark on 2 April 1805. He wanted to be an actor and a singer but eventually became an author.

Why is Hans Christian Andersen famous?

He is famous for the fairy tales he wrote. In his lifetime, he wrote more than one hundred and fifty fairy tales, and his stories have been translated into over 100 languages!

His stories include 'The Ugly Duckling', 'The Snow Queen', 'The Little Matchgirl', and 'The Little Mermaid'.

What makes a story a fairy tale?

Fairy tales contain elements of magic, wonder, and enchantment.

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales contain themes such as:

  • differences between the poor and wealthy classes
  • compassion for those who are outcast and suffering
  • making fun of the spoiled and conceited
  • appearances can be deceiving
  • magical beauty even within the most unlikely characters



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