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Hans Christian Anderson|Children's Fairytales

Updated on June 25, 2014


Imagination and fantasy...who has not read, or been read to as a child, the works of Hans Christian Anderson? His stories are like the cornerstone of youth in a way. He reminds us that some things are not to be taken so seriously including our own selves.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Danish author and poet. Best known for his fairy tales.

I remember my mom reading "Thumbellina" to me when I was a child and I strongly believe it was that story that hatched in me to lead me to write my own poems, paint, sculpt and to feel the magic of imagination. Such a dear little story where small things that we take for granted everyday were made use of by the tiny creature Thumbellina. A walnut shell for her bed? How cute it that? I adore it.



TURN ON SOME MUSIC as you enjoy leaning about Hans Christian Anderson.

"Ugly Duckling" At the Royal Danish Opera music Agger, Faingersh


Hans Christian Anderson Quotes

“Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers”

“Where words fail, music speaks.”

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

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.”

“Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.”

“And the matches gave such a brilliant light that it was brighter than at noon-day: never formerly had the grandmother been so beautiful and so tall. She took the little maiden, on her arm, and both flew in brightness and in joy so high, so very high, and then above was neither cold, nor hunger, nor anxiety--they were with God.”

“Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps.”

“`But the Emperor has nothing on at all!' said a little child.”

“Thousands of lights were burning on the green branches, and gaily-colored pictures, such as she had seen in the shop-windows, looked down upon her. The little maiden stretched out her hands towards them when--the match went out. The lights of the Christmas tree rose higher and higher, she saw them now as stars in heaven . . .”

“"I cannot bear it!" said the pewter soldier. "I have shed pewter

tears! It is too melancholy! Rather let me go to the wars and

lose arms and legs! It would at least be a change. I cannot

bear it longer! Now, I know what it is to have a visit from

one's old thoughts, with what they may bring with them! I have

had a visit from mine, and you may be sure it is no pleasant

thing in the end; I was at last about to jump down from the


Hans Christian Anderson.

The Garden of Paradise&Other Stories- Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker.

The Garden of Paradise&Other Stories- Hans Christian Andersen.  Illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker.
The Garden of Paradise&Other Stories- Hans Christian Andersen. Illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker.

Do Flower Fairies Die? And If They Do - Is There a Special Place For Them in Heaven?

A poem by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Do flower fairies die?

If so..

where do they go when they pass

from this life?

Is there a special place in heaven?

A gathering of natures gifts

that never falls asleep

a fantasy harvests destiny?

Or is it that a faery in your garden


never dies at all?

Is it possible that a pixie elf

rests in the Winter

till it's time

to come back out?

I believe it in this moment

that all fairy princesses

do indeed

forever live.

Once you decide that a faerie lives


'tis no longer a legend

or a mythological dream

its a matter of fact

a most beautiful



Embracing all the miracles

of each flowers gifts

touched by early morning dew

diamonds from the sky

shining brilliantly true

look on


What else is there to do?

Glorious beings

folklore told

magical creatures

cradle the gifts

of life

and all its miraculous



And despite all disbelievers

a flowers majesty

will always shine on

brilliantly true

for me

and yes

ever faithfully

for you


Dear flower nymphs

make it through

the Fall and Winter of life


considering their resilience

why not me

why not you?

Goddesses of rainbows praying

fore Springtime miracles

pick it up

respond to the earths glory

appreciate their seedlings

despite their struggle

a prayer set forth


Watching as Fall

covers Forget-Me- Nots up

as Winter sets each petal to rest

it is for a faery

an acceptable


Springtime brings it all on again

and the mornings refreshed

with Mother Nature's


and a whimsical angels song.

copyright 2011

The image is of my sculpture "Bleeding Wings 5"

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: FREE ART GIFTS 'suitable for children' plus prints, giclees, cards, available on my website:

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Just living isn't enough," said the butterfly. One must also have freedom, sunshine, and a little flower ~Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Anderson's FIRST POEM "The Dying Child"

Mother, I'm tired, and I would fain be sleeping;

Let me repose upon thy bosom sick;

But promise me that thou wilt leave off weeping,

Because thy tears fall hot upon my cheek.

Here it is cold: the tempest raveth madly;

But in my dreams all is so wondrous bright;

I see the angel-children smiling gladly,

When from my weary eyes I shut out light.

Mother, one stands beside me now! and, listen!

Dost thou not hear the music's sweet accord?

See how his white wings beautifully glisten?

Surely those wings were given him by the Lord!

Green, gold, and red, are floating all around me;

They are the flowers the angel scattereth.

Should I have also wings while life has bound me?

Or, mother, are they given alone in death?

Why dost thou clasp me as if I were going?

Why dost thou press thy cheek so unto mine?

Thy cheek is hot, and yet thy tears are flowing!

I will, dear mother, will be always thine!

Do not sigh thus - it marreth my reposing;

But if thou weep, then I must weep with thee!

Ah, I am tired - my weary eyes are closing -

Look, mother, look! the angel kisseth me!


Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson - Winter Song

Their music is available below.

Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson

Hans Christian Anderson "Favorite Tales"

Hans Christian Anderson "Favorite Tales"
Hans Christian Anderson "Favorite Tales"

Sigur Ros - Little match girl


Sigur Ros - Little match girl

Royal Danish Ballet

This is lovely.. it starts out with animation which is in the background and then the dancers come.. a treasure.


Dulas, Nielsen's "The Princess and the Pea" ~one of my favs!

Dulas, Nielsen's "The Princess and the Pea" ~one of my favs!
Dulas, Nielsen's "The Princess and the Pea" ~one of my favs!

Porcelain Fists - Ingrid Michaelson

A Fairie's Bloodletting - Did She Deserve It? Or is the Bloodletting Ceremony For You?

A poem by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

Such a fairy

such a sacrifice

a bloodletting

would be her demise?

She stood outside the doorway

looking in.

If she could have

she would've let those roses


to their pitiful death.

A bloodletting of the infant soul

heartaches till now

not fully disclosed.

Whimsical angel

drown out all those intrusions

scissors that cut away

well meaning

but distant

compared to other keyholes

and villain


Stairways usually lead to


Bandages usually cover wounds.


can drown in a drop of dew

if you aren't watching


Who sees?

Everyone gets lost

from their own selves

once in awhile

pieces of memories


come predictably

from clouds

exposing leaves on trees


most pitifully

dried out.

Slipping under the surface

of any painting you choose

it is there in the artists deliverance


she sees


So let me paint your portrait

will you?

Create a setting

past the rhythm of routine

now that we've exposed YOU

my caring queen

past the shroud

clarity set



Surprised of the turn


Aroused are you?

Past any fairy

you stumbled upon


there between your breaths

she and I




not yet through.

So stop and think

at this very second

reflect on WHO YOU



are you?

A bit exposed now?

YOU wonder


this is stupid

I thought this was a story about a fairy


this is NOT about ME.

You've been caught!


sorting out lost ambitions

stifling your soul


for neglected days

to come


waiting for them

to unfold.


are you?

That all of this is not about a fairy

at all..

it is not about her bloodletting

it is all about


It is indeed a trick

designed to pull




I saw your last night

wondered about your words



Yes.. you have been



And all I have to say to you

at this point is

lets gather all those pieces of what you left


that you have

in the back of your mind

been crying about.


Time to paint a new portrait


coming out.

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz:

My newest website:

The image is of my sculpture "Bleeding Wings 5"

Thank you for visiting!


THANKS... for stopping by!

Leave a message to let me know you were here.

Aloha, Kathy


Shout Out For Hans Christian Anderson!

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    • BestMassageChairs profile image


      6 years ago

      I have two little girls who love me reading them Hans Christian Anderson stories, a very good story teller indeed :)

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      6 years ago


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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for sharing about Hans Christian Anderson.

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      John Norman Stewart 

      6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Nice lens....brings back lots of memories....:)

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      6 years ago


      A bit on the long side, but better to have too much content than not enough -- nice tribute. Happy HCA Birthday.

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      dexter yarbroug1 

      6 years ago

      Great memories. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      love the stories of Christian Anderson, read them as a child. great lens

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      the little mermaid by hans christian andersen is a must-read for kids. squidangel blessings.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done, H.C. Anderson would be pleased! Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done, H.C. Anderson would be pleased! Thanks for sharing.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a beautiful tribute to the man and the classic fairy tales. It pleased the children's librarian in me. Blessed.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana

      He is really special writer, can't really say if he was at the right time at the right place, but definitely storyteller who transformed genre more than any other fairy tale writer before or after.

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      7 years ago

      Reflecting back upon that magically innocent time of my youth, I was so filled up with Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales ... it gave me hope for a magical life.

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      7 years ago

      I grew up with the stories of Hans Christian Anderson, and now I am passing on the legacy to my kids.

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      7 years ago

      I grew up with the stories of Hans Christian Anderson, and now I am passing on the legacy to my kids.

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      Home Interior D 

      7 years ago

      One of my favourite authors. I especially like the illustrations that usually accompany his writing.

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      10 years ago

      My parents used to tell me bedtime stories when I was a kid, some of them by Hans Christian Andersen.

      Great lens for an amazing person.


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