Today, April 2nd, is the birthday of a famous author who wrote fairy tales that became an treasured part of children’s literature. He was born a long time ago (Doesn’t this sound like I’m talking to my little girl? Good. I want it to!) in Copenhagen, Denmark and wrote tales like “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “Thumbalina” and “The Little Mermaid”… (My little one perks up, as she loves that movie!) AND “The Snow Queen”. (She looks a little confused now…) That story became another Disney movie, “Frozen”. (Well, now she’s jumping up and starting to sing “Let it Go!” – Omygosh, she’s a bundle of whirling energy!) You’d be surprised, even after all the hoopla and media coverage, and box office blockbuster sales, with “Frozen” the #1 highest grossing animated film of all time, having made over a billion $$$~! that most people don’t know who wrote the original story! And I don’t know why Disney chose to change the title for the animated film.
I am very grateful to Hans Christian Anderson for his beautiful picture storybooks, whether or not they ever became popular films. Though he’s from another era and died 140 years ago, his legacy of literature lives on! There is a place in California, near Santa Barbara called Solvang (means “sunny field”), that has a statue of Hans Christian Anderson in the town square. Every year on this date, the people of Solvang have a celebration of his life in a town that simulates Copenhagen, Denmark (great danish pastries there!): http://www.solvangusa.com/
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON !