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Hans Christian Andersen was born in the town of Odense, Denmark on Tuesday, April 2, 1805. He had a history of being dyslexic.

Andersen published his first story, The Ghost at Palnatoke’s Grave in 1822.

It was during 1835 that Andersen published the first installment of his immortal Fairy Tales (Danish: Eventyr). More stories, completing the first volume, were published in 1836 and 1837. The quality of these stories was not immediately recognized, and they sold poorly. At the same time, Andersen enjoyed more success with two novels: O.T. (1836) and Only a Fiddler. His Specialty book that is still known today was the Ugly Duckling (1837).

In the English-speaking world, stories such as “Thumbelina”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, and “The Princess and the Pea” remain popular and are widely read. “The emperor’s new clothes” and “ugly duckling” have both passed into the English language as well-known expressions.

In the Copenhagen harbor there is a statue of The Little Mermaid, placed in honor of Hans Christian Andersen. April 2, Andersen’s birthday, is celebrated as International Children’s Book Day.

My favourite among his work is The little mermaid and it will always be remembered as one of the best works of all time.

so, friends, lets hear it for the king of fairy tales.

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