The Emperor's New Clothes: A Tale Set in China

The Emperor s New Clothes A Tale Set in China Long ago in a province in China there lived an emperor whose greatest pleasure in life was to dress in new clothes So begins Demi s retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a proud em

  • Title: The Emperor's New Clothes: A Tale Set in China
  • Author: Demi Hans Christian Andersen
  • ISBN: 9780689830686
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Long ago in a province in China there lived an emperor whose greatest pleasure in life was to dress in new clothes So begins Demi s retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a proud emperor who does not see what is obvious until he hears the truth from a child Based upon several different translations of the original Danish story, Demi s tale is set iLong ago in a province in China there lived an emperor whose greatest pleasure in life was to dress in new clothes So begins Demi s retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a proud emperor who does not see what is obvious until he hears the truth from a child Based upon several different translations of the original Danish story, Demi s tale is set in old provincial China Filled with exquisite details, bright panoramas, and golden hues that leap off a wealth of fold out pages, this story lures readers into a magical place and time The story follows the four seasons of the year and is packed with visual elements of Chinese culture for readers to pore over for hours Demi has captured in text and paintings all the majesty of China and all the magic that makes for the very best fairy tales This elegant edition of a favorite story is sure to be cherished by all.

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    1. First, let me say that I'm a fan of Demi. Second, that "The Emperor's New Clothes" has always been one of my favorite HCA tales. Third, that I am fascinated by Chinese art and culture. Thankfully, all came together beautifully and lived up to my high hopes for this gorgeous re-telling! Demi's art is sumptuous, the shimmering golds, the vibrant colors--but more than that, she really captures a sense of traditional Chinese artwork (her deer and geese are amazing!) and infuses the scenes with cultu [...]

    2. A fairly basic retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale, but with lovely, traditional Chinese paintings. An Emperor is convinced that he is going to get a new outfit that fools will not be able to see, and when he goes out with no clothes on, everyone pretends they can see the clothes because they don’t want to be labeled a fool. It takes the innocence of a child to point out the ridiculousness of the situation. The pages unfold to reveal a three page wide and sometimes four page wide spr [...]

    3. Sophisticated retelling of the original Danish story, set in old provincial China, weaving together Chinese history and culture with the magic and timeless wisdom of the fairytale. Exquisitely detailed illustrations lure readers into this magical kingdom in which a child is the hero, wiser than a king, his ministers, and all of his people.

    4. Title: The Emperor’s New Clothes A Tale Set in China Told by DemiAuthor: DemiIllustrator:Genre: Non-European Folktale Theme: Royalty, clothes, trickery, materialism Opening line/sentence: Long ago in a province in China, there lived an emperor who greatest pleasure in life was to dress in new clothes. Brief Book Summary:There is an emperor who is constantly having new clothes made to impress his people with. One day, a man and woman come claiming they can make magic clothes that fools cannot s [...]

    5. I remember liking this story as a child. I love the beautiful illustrations in this version, as well as that it is set in China. The boys enjoyed it too, although I think it was just a little over the kindergartener's head.

    6. Easy to read with asian-themed style pictures, this book is a wonder for children ages 3-7. It is unique because some pages "fold out" and fold back in. It is set in China and follows the "traditional" emperor and new clothes story but also has a small twist at the end of the story so read until the very end!Dont worry, there are no naked emperors in the pictures(although the book suggests there is one). The emperor is no fool, I liked it but instead the tailors and the advisers were. Really goo [...]

    7. Of course, this Hans Christian Andersen tale is a classic -- an emperor who believes that his magical clothing is not visible to fools until a child has the wisdom to speak the truth. Demi's picture book version is set in provincial China, with exquisitely detailed Chinese-style illustrations, and she has put elements of Chinese culture into each picture. The original story lends itself well to a Chinese retelling.The format of the book -- with five double-wide folded pages -- is unfortunate. Th [...]

    8. This is a folktale and is for children of the primary group. This folktale is set in China and it tells the tale of how the Emperor got his new clothes. Everyday the people of the palace would dress the Emperor in new clothes till he found something he liked. Oddly enough the words in this book and in English and not Chinese like I thought it would be. The pictures are very colorful and make you feel like your in China.

    9. The age old story of the foolish emperor and the good salesmen is enhanced by the beautiful artwork. This book has fold out pages that give you a colorful look at Chinese Artwork. The reds are so vibrant they almost jump off of the page. The main changed form the original story is that the tailors stay there over a year making the clothes. And again, it is a child who says what he sees.

    10. clothesEasily understandable for kids - sometimes kids don't understand the concept of this story (they want to think that everyone is a fool and they can't see the clothes that really ARE there).

    11. I love Demi's pieces. Her drawings bring the humor out in the didactic stories she retells! All her stories are pretty much retellings of ancient classics. They are full of great, humorous insight on wisdom and life.

    12. We love Demi. Great additions to history lessons and learning all about culture. My 5 yr old loves these stories. Beautiful illustrations and lots of great information that makes the lesson enjoyable and easy to remember for the child. Highly recommend this author.

    13. This tale is wonderful for teaching children to think for themselves and be careful of the consequences of letting one’s pride and vanity conquer. I love the irony of the story in that marching around in one’s underwear is quite the opposite of pride.

    14. Even the double fold-out spreads and the detailed author's note cannot save this book. Like many of Demi's hackneyed Chinese books, this is utterly pedestrian. The sad part is that there was no need to transplant the tale to China in the first place.

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