Hans Christian Anderson * Little Mermaid

Happy International Children Book Day ! and Hans Christian Anderson birthday ! ( van harte gefeliciteerd)

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen’s popularity is not limited to children: his stories express themes that transcend age and nationality .Today we take a look at Hans Christian Anderson fairy tail : Little Mermaid and lessons we can learn from reading the book…… Lisa


In Andersen’s story, the Little Mermaid is the youngest of six princesses in the parallel universe of the undersea kingdom. When they are old enough, mermaids get to go to the surface to see the land, and all the princesses are curious about it, but the Little Mermaid is the most curious of all. When she goes to the surface, she sees the prince, and falls in love with him. She saves his life (though he doesn’t realize it until the end), and decides that she wants to marry him. She goes to a witch in her watery world to ask to be made into a human being. The witch agrees, but tells the Little Mermaid that it will be terribly painful, and also that she will have to pay for it with her beautiful voice. In addition, she will only be able to remain human if the prince loves her and marries her. The morning after he marries someone else, she will become foam on the waves — essentially, she’ll die.
The Little Mermaid agrees. She becomes human, meets the prince, and charms him with her dancing and her expressive eyes, but he marries someone else. The Little Mermaid’s sisters arrive, having struck a deal with the sea witch, and try to get her to save herself by killing the prince. She has the choice of stabbing the prince and letting his blood wash over her legs, at which point she would return to her mermaid state, or allowing herself to die. She dies and goes to heaven.

Some Lessons we can Learn from Little Mermaid :


  • Obedience is Important

  • Good Deeds Sometimes Go Unnoticed 

  • We Make Sacrifices For the Ones We Love 

  • Happy Endings Can Be Different From Our Expectations 

  • Desires For Things Out of Our Reach Can Make Us Desperate 

  • he Desire to Do Good Trumps Everything Else 
Famous monument, Copenhagen symbol

Coloring pages :

http://www.icce-unesco.org/mermaid-coloring-pages-online/

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