Review: The Fir Tree



Gorgeously packaged with intricate illustrations from Finnish illustrator, Sanna Annukka, this new edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s well-loved fairy tale, The Fir Tree, is the perfect holiday gift for adults and children alike.

Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic tale of naive greed and dissatisfaction is retold through the striking and contemporary illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in rich forest green, with gold foil embellishments, The Fir Tree is elevated from a children’s book to a unique work of art and makes an ideal gift for people of all ages.

My Review:


First, that cover!! The cover is so perfect, and the illustrations within are so beautiful. I have never read any of Hans Christen Andersen’s fairy tales, so this was my first go around. I would like to say I am not sure about all of his fairy tales, but at least this one may not be for everyone. I on the other hand really enjoyed it.

This book is about a Fir Tree who starts out as a youngling, and it watches other trees around it being taken away for various reasons, eventually it gets cut down and is going to learn what will be it’s destiny. I think what made this book harder for me was it is as if the tree is an actual person that thinks and feels, so you can’t help but feel bad for this tree.

I would definitely pick up another fairy tale from Hans, and to see how it compares to this one. The thing I liked most about this book was that it wasn’t all flowers and roses and not everything in life is great.



Hans Christian Andersen (1805—75) was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker, who nonetheless was a great reader, made a toy-theatre for his son and taught him to notice every natural wonder as they walked in the woods together on Sundays. His father died when he was eleven, and it wasn’t until six years later that, with the help of a patron, he finally went to a state secondary school attended by much youger children. There he suffered at the hands of a cruel headmaster, but he aquired an education and was determined to be a writer. He published his first novel and his first fairy tales in 1835; thereafter he wrote over 150 more of these stories which have become classics in many languages.A lonely man who never married, he was also an anxious man; he loved travelling, but would carry a coil of rope with him in case of fire in his hotel. Although he originally addressed his fairy tales to children (and some would maintain he had a streak of childhood in his nature) he insisted they were ‘for all ages’, and the gentleness and humor that are their characteristics are recognized by everyone.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



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