Hans Christian Andersen

Sunshine Stories

The Story Home's "Sunshine Stories" by Hans Christian AndersenThe wind and the rain were hollering and blowing about the world and the bright sunshine broke through to silence them. The sunshine began to tell them a most beautiful story about the golden Swan of Fortune whose gifts to people were as kind and generous as Spring is to the wintery world. Hear for yourself her sunny tale unfold.

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The Sandman, OleLukie – first two stories

The mythical Sandman named OleLukie, was famous for visiting the Danish children each night to help them fall asleep. He always brings beautiful dreams to children who have been good.  In this episode we present the first two of seven tales from the beloved author, Hans Christian Andersen. Sweet Dreams!

Special Thanks to the Bunk Bed folks for making this story possible.

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The Conceited Apple Branch

A snobby apple blossom branch thinks that dandelion flowers are plain and unattractive, until a young countess teaches him the real meaning of beauty and a lesson in humility.  After all, dandelions are said to have the power of making wishes come true.  Could there be anything more beautiful?

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The Snail and the Rose Tree

The Snail and the Rose TreeA snail that spits at the world meets a rose tree that gives its gifts away to everyone. One is a taker and the other a giver– they have a lot to say to each other! Hans Christian Anderson is the master who voices natures wisdom and spins tales full of whimsy, enjoy!

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The Emperor and the Nightingale

the emperor & the nightingale“Bring me the Nightingale!  Make it appear before the court!  Command it to sing for me”, declares a mighty Emperor!  Yet neither power nor wealth will move the heart of a creature who sings only for love.  Come with us to ancient China where this delicate tale will delight your ears…

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Thumbelina

ThumbelinaWhere has tiny Thumbelina gone?   A sweet and delicate child, only an inch in height, was lost in a great big world for a time.  Some creatures gave her comfort and others held her captive, until at last she found happiness in an enchanted land.  Hans Andersen’s beloved tail shows the fate of a tiny spirit that is brought by good fortune to a happier place.

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier

tin-soldier2A brave tin soldier falls in love with a paper doll ballerina and then falls out of an open window!  Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Steadfast Tin Soldier portrays a perilous journey full of many surprises until we come full round to a touching ending. Come learn about the secret world of toys  from the pen of the Danish master who was able to see the world  through the eyes of a child and the heart of a poet. Our storyteller is ready now, so let the story begin!

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The Princess and the Pea

A bedraggled young lady on a rainy night knocks upon a royal door. She claims to be a Princess! Is she or isn’t she? We shall hear all about the unique test she was given that night as a guest and what happened the next morning in this brief but beloved tale by the Danish master, Hans Christian Andersen.

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The Ugly Duckling

Imagine how you would feel if someone called you an “ugly duckling” and people picked on you and told you that you were odd and different. What if you didn’t have friends and a loving home. How terribly sad you would feel! In Hans Christian Andersen’s wonderful story about growth and change, an ugly duckling, in the end, becomes something wondrous and beautiful. Everyone is amazed, but no one is more surprised than “the ugly duckling” himself.

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The Emperor’s New Suit

The Emperor’s New SuitIn this classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, a couple of swindlers use pride and fear to fool an emperor and his whole court but they cannot fool a small child who sees the truth with the clear eyes of innocence.

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