“The Fir Tree,” by Hans Christian Anderson

I recently had the chance to read The Fir Tree, by Hans Christian Anderson, illustrated by Sanna Annukka. This fiction book was published on October 4, 2016, by Ten Speed Press.

About this book (from the back cover):

Gorgeously packaged with intricate illustrations from Finnish illustrator, Sanna Annukka, this new edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s well-loved fairy tale, The Fir Tree, is the perfect holiday gift for adults and children alike.

Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic tale of naive greed and dissatisfaction is retold through the striking and contemporary illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in rich forest green, with gold foil embellishments, The Fir Tree is elevated from a children’s book to a unique work of art and makes an ideal gift for people of all ages.

Final Verdict:

This book is just lovely. It’s listed as a “gift edition” and it really would make a great gift for a little girl; in fact, I plan on giving my copy to my 7-year-old daughter for Christmas. I love introducing my children to new (to them) fairy tales, and anything from Hans Christian Anderson is going to be quality. We have had some wonderful discussions about what constitutes a happy ending, whether a happy ending is essential to a story, and the “Disney-ification” of fairy tales. We love Anderson’s work in our family, and this book is a gorgeous addition to our shelves – but make sure you know ahead of time that this story does not have a happy ending. My children like to be prepared for unhappy endings, and I am assuming many children are the same.

For this edition, we are especially loving the artwork by Sanna Annukka, who “is a half English, half Finnish designer and printmaker whose work is strongly inspired by her natural surroundings.” She is currently a designer for Marimekko.

I cannot stress how beautiful this book is. Here are a few photos of the illustrations:




You can find out more about illustrator and designer Sanna Annukka by visiting her website here or her Instagram feed here.

 If you’d like to check out The Fir Tree it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $16.00.) If you prefer a hardcover copy, it’s currently on sale for $14.74. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
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