I absolutely adore this beautiful little book by renowned tale-teller Hans Christian Andersen. The cloth binding and the illustrations are beautiful and classic. This will be a keeper for sure, perhaps even a new family heirloom for us!
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.
The story is beautifully told, short enough for me to read to my daughter, but deep enough to maintain so much meaning. In the tradition of true fairy-tales, The Fir Tree is rife with lessons to be learned and takeaways that provide wisdom and insight for life well beyond the childhood years. Read more →
In honor of the illustrious Miss Austen’s birthday, I’m going to employ the word “coze” today…which, of course, means I will need to find someone to have a friendly chat with — always a wonderful addition to a Monday!
“Miss Crawford…proposed their going up into her room, where they might have a comfortable coze.” – Mansfield Park
(The word coze makes me think of sweaters for some reason. Maybe I’ll need to have a chat while wearing a sweater…)
I think perhaps the language used by Bennett was my favorite aspect of this novel. His words are rich and beautiful–reminding me why I love reading in the first place.
The main character, Anna Tellwright, was a little dry at first, but as her character grew and evolved so did my investment in her. By the end of the book, I genuinely wanted her life to turn out well. The cast of supporting characters all play their roles well–from the sympathetic little sister and respectable love interest to the spoiled friend and codger of a father.
The plot is slow to evolve, dealing more with Anna’s personal evolution than the changes in her physical world. Her delightfully ignorant eyes are opened to the world and she learns about standing up for the weak, as well as lessons in grace, forgiveness and friendship.
The end holds a slightly surprising twist, but, in true British literature fashion, it is hardly sensational. Although slow going, this was an enjoyable read–and a new author to me.