The Emperor's New Clothes: The Emperor himself, his court, and his clothes—or lack of them—are as outrageous and comical as only the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen can make.
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Illustrated by the beloved creator of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, and Katy and the Big Snow, this is a delightful version of the tale that boys and girls have loved for centuries.
The Emperor himself, his court, and his clothes—or lack of them—are as outrageous and comical as only the master storyteller Hans Christian Andersen can make them, and Virginia Lee Burton adds to this tale of fun her own irrepressible humor in pictures and design.
This lovely new Folk Tale Classics edition celebrates Burton’s lively concoction of remarkable spirit and beauty.
About the Author & Illustrator
Virginia Lee Burton (1909-1968) was the talented author and illustrator of some of the most enduring books ever written for children. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for The Little House, Burton’s books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. She lived with her two sons, Aristides and Michael, and her husband George Demetrios, the sculptor, in a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, called Folly Cove. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove designers, a group of internationally known professional artisans.
A Few Reviews
“I have always loved this story! So much depth in a small book for children. The Emperor’s vanity causes him to make a fool of himself in view of all his subjects. He wants to impress others so he, and all his advisors, pretend to see the invisible cloth that can only be seen if you are wise and worthy, according to the weavers. An innocent child is the only one honest enough to say, “The Emperor has no clothes on!” The world is full of hypocrites. Few of us have the courage and honesty to say, “The Emperor has no clothes on!” –Amazon Reviewer Grammygru
“Most everyone knows the story of the Emperor’s New Clothes but what sets this book apart from the rest is Virginia Lee Burton’s whimsical illustrations. It’s fun for you and your child to just sit and examine the drawomgs. There is so much going on that you can make side stories from the pictures alone. Miss Burton was a true genius of her craft.
The story itself is well told and this book will be a keeper in your child’s library.” – Amazon Reviewer Miss Barbara