Gilded illustrations by Isabelle Brent add sparkle to Viking's Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Old favorites such as ``The Ugly Duckling'' and ``The Snow Queen'' are the mainstay of this 12-story collection, but older readers already familiar with Andersen may welcome the inclusion of such lesser known tales as ``The Snowman'' and ``Father's Always Right'' ($19.99, 144p, all ages ISBN 0-670-85930-3 Sept.).
K-Gr 6‘Most of the 12 fairy tales collected in this handsome, appealing volume are popular stories such as ``The Ugly Duckling,'' ``The Snow Queen,'' and ``Thumbelina,'' while some are less familiar: ``Grief,'' ``The Shadow,'' and ``It's Perfectly True.'' Philip has done an exemplary job in selection and translation; apart from an occasional jarring colloquialism, the narratives are done with care and respect for the language and tone of Andersen's tales. They retain the old-fashioned style of the original stories, and while the pace is measured, it does not lag. Brent's jewel-toned illustrations highlighted with gold leaf are eye-catching and lavish. They are set in abstract borders, and the pattern is repeated on the margins of the text pages. Each page is edged with gold leaf on the vertical sides, and the result is inviting and attractive. There is little overlap with Eric Blegvad's fine collection, Twelve Tales (McElderry, 1994). A lovely collaboration.‘Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA