The emperor loves new clothes. The fancier they are the more he likes them. So he hires two master weavers to create the best suit ever. But these master weavers are tricky...The Emperor's New Clothes is one of Hans Christian Andersen's funniest fairy tales. Accompanied by Carol Thompson's cheeky illustrations, this playful retelling will delight a whole new generation of readers, as well as draw chuckles from those who already know and love this tale.
Authors think of their writings as their children. Produced with infinite care, shown to a few friends, and lovingly tucked away in some obscure file where they sleep undisturbed. I came across one such file recently. It was entitled "Miscellaneous writings: poems, stories, essays, etc." I felt it was time to wake them for public scrutiny. So here they are. Please be kind. They're fragile.
The foolish emperor is tricked by two "weavers" who claim that their beautiful fabric can be seen only by the competent people in the kingdom. Ultimately, it is the honest child who outsmarts the town in this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale that encourages self-confidence.
Born in Vienna in 1864, Bernard Hollander was a London-based psychiatrist. He is best known for being one of the main proponents of phrenology. This title, originally published in 1916, deals with "the nervous defects of children, and the various forms and degrees of mental and moral deficiency that may occur from infancy up to the age of twenty-one." Very much of its time, it looks at both what it calls the "subnormal" and the "supernormal" child, the causes of abnormality, and suggests ways of educating children in order to minimise their defects and maximise their abilities. This is an opportunity to enjoy a historical look at child psychology from the early twentieth century.
In this retelling of the "Aesop's Fable", a smart wolf is too clever for his own good. When he pretends to be a sheep so he can find his supper, things do not go as planned.
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