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Classic story by H.C. Andersen21 décembre 2009
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The Swineherd is not as well-known as some of Andersen's other works, but it is a good one regardless. Like The Nightingale, the message is overwhelmingly of the superiority of the real in all things instead of the false. You can easily look up the text online, as it's in the public domain.
The story is more than slightly dated by our standards, and there is no happy ending. The frivolous princess (whose disdain for real things is never explained) is banished by her father for kissing a swineherd, a detail that some children may have trouble understanding today. However, if you're building a library of fairy tales, you can hardly afford to miss this one, and this edition is well-made - love the awesome and fanciful clothes, btw. You look at the girls and you can see them wearing clouds and canyons on their dresses!
Please note that the book is a little oversized, and may have trouble fitting on a bookcase. Also note that the language is suited for the older end of the 4-8 range.