HCA NEWS Princess Alexandra writes preface of new Andersen

HRH Princess Alexandra has agreed to write the preface of a new children's edition of ten of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 04 May 2004

In celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen, the Hans Christian Andersen Children's Culture House, The Tinderbox, in Odense will publish a book with ten of Andersen's fairytales, illustrated by children who have won a nationwide competition to illustrate the ten fairytales.

Princess Alexandra has agreed to write the preface of the book and has granted permission for her monogram and portrait to be featured too. The museum hopes that Princess Alexandra will grace The Tinderbox with her presence at the book launch on Hans Christian Andersen's 200th anniversary, 2 April 2005.

"This is a life's dream come true. I have always wondered why adults always illustrate children's books," says director of The Tinderbox, Ulla Englich, to regional daily Fyens Stiftstidende.