Today 2 April is the birthday of famed Danish author Hans Christian Andersen who was born in 1805 and whose fairy tales remain as popular today as when he wrote them. Some of his most popular works include The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Match Girl, The Snow Queen, Thumbelina, The Wild Swans, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. And that’s just a few of the headline titles from a long, fascinating and illustrious career.
His works established the fairy tale genre though not everything was a Disneyesque happily ever after. The Little Mermaid committed suicide, the Little Match Girl froze to death and the Steadfast Tin Soldier melted.
And here’s a 2 April bonus… Appropriately, since 1967, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday with the aim of inspiring a love of reading and raising awareness of the joy of children’s books. The day has some serious clout behind it. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was appointed by her husband Crown Prince Frederick as an honorary Hans Christian Andersen ambassador at a ceremony at the Opera House in 2005.
Each year a different National Section of IBBY is chosen as the international sponsor of ICBD and in a move to rival the Olympics, the sponsor for International Children’s Book Day for 2016 is Brazil. So Brazil decides a theme and invites a prominent author to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster.
My Hans Christian Andersen wrap features the tiny Thumbelina who, after realising there was no future for her and the mole who said all sorts of rude things about the sunshine and the flowers she loved so much, hitched a ride with a swallow. The swallow placed Thumbelina on a petal next to a man no bigger than her who just happened to be the king of the spirits of the flowers. A marriage proposal and a set of wings ensued and the rest is history.
I love the olive green of the king’s rather funky outfit (complete with on trend sleeves) and the pinks of the flower petals in my Little Golden Book. I used a paper with lovely flowers (courtesy of Poppytalk) and matched it with a whimsical ribbon and a tag featuring a golden crown.