Brave Tin Soldier & Other Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen

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Narrated By: Anne-Marie Duff, David Tennant, Derek Jacobi, Penelope Wilton

Duration: 59 minutes

What to expect

Here are four of Hans Christian Andersen's best-loved short stories, specially adapted for young children and read by some of Britain's most well-known actors. In 'The Brave Tin Soldier', read by David Tennant, a one-legged toy soldier falls in love with a paper ballerina. In 'Thumbelina', read by Anne-Marie Duff, a tiny but beautiful girl grows from a barleycorn which has been enchanted by a witch. In 'The Nightingale', read by Sir Derek Jacobi, an emperor prefers a sparkling mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale. And in 'The Ugly Duckling', read by Penelope Wilton, a little bird is called ugly by others until he matures into a beautiful swan.

Genre

Children's / Teenage fiction: Classic fiction

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