HCA NEWS The Perfect Wizard

Jane Yolen's THE PERFECT WIZARD: HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN to be published on February 3rd 2005.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 07 January 2005

He was the son of a cobbler - awkward, funny-looking, and perhaps a bit crazy. But Hans Christian Andersen went on to become the most beloved children's writer of all time.

Here in rich detail that includes quotes from Andersen's own stories, Jane Yolen explores his youth and how his words were inspired by life experiences.

His was a childhood that saw the death of his father, an early love for the theatre, and the burning passion to become a writer against all odds.

Lushly illustrated by Dennis Nolan, The Perfect Wizard is the ideal selection to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Andersen's birth on April 2, 2005.

Jane Yolen (www.JaneYolen.com) is an acclaimed children's author, whom Newsweek magazine called "The American Hans Christian Andersen." She lives in Massachusetts. Dennis Nolan is the illustrator of many fine books, including Bruce Coville's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. He also lives in Massachusetts.

"Very well-omagined and-integrated"- Kirkus Reviews

A logo-cooperation selection of the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 celebration

On sale: February 3rd 2005
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