America’s Hans Christian Andersen Celebrates the World’s Hans Christian Andersen

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Jane Yolen, who has been called Â?AmericaÂ?s Hans Christian Andersen,Â? has written a picture book biography of Hans Christian Andersen, in celebration of his 200th birthday this month.

Jane Yolen, who has been called “America’s Hans Christian Andersen,” has written a picture book biography of Hans Christian Andersen, in celebration of his 200th birthday this month.

The Perfect Wizard (Dutton, $16.99) captures the life of the great writer—from his childhood hardship to his early love for the theater and his burning passion to become a writer against all odds. “Andersen’s stories, if you read them side by side with his life, were little pearls of autobiography,” says Yolen.

“He was the Ugly Duckling, the cygnet in the wrong nest. He was as touchy and sensitive to slights as the Princess and the Pea, and he certainly loved those who did not love him back, as did the Little Mermaid.”

Andersen took the good, the bad and the truly ugly in his life and made it beautiful within his stories.

Not unlike Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Yolen is a world-renowned storyteller and the author of more than 250 books for children and adults. Her books and stories have won the industry's most prestigious literary awards, including the Caldecott Medal and the World Fantasy Award.

As with Andersen, one can read through Yolen’s stories and gain a sense of who she is. More information is available at http://www.janeyolen.com

Ms. Yolen is available for interviews to discuss Hans Christian Andersen and the importance of storytelling in today’s culture.

Please contact Raab Associates, Inc. at 914-241-2117 or via email at info@raabassociates.com.

The Perfect Wizard

by Jane Yolen

illustrated by Dennis Nolan

ages 6-up, $16.99 hardcover

ISBN: 0-525-46955-9

Published by Dutton

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