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Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author and poet most famous for his fairy tales. Some of Andersen's most famous tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "Thumbelina", "The Snow Queen" and "The Ugly Duckling". Besides the fairy tales Andersen also wrote numerous plays, travel books and novels.

Adaptations & References

  • The Sesame Street album Big Bird's Birdtime Stories featured several retellings of Andersen's stories - including "The Ugly Duckling " told by Big Bird and "The Emperor's New Clothes" told by Bob.
  • The Sesame Street 1977 Calendar featured several illustrated adaptations of Andersen tales along with centerfold text for each story. Stories including "The Princess and the Pea" (September), "The Emperor's New Clothes" (October), and "Thumbelina" (December).
  • A Sesame Street News Flash from the 1970s spoofed the story of "The Princess and the Pea" with "The Princess and the Cookie". In the sketch Kermit interviews a servant who tells him that the queen wants to test the maiden by placing a cookie under the mattresses to see if she can feel it. The "princess" (played by Cookie Monster) not only feels it, but also eats the cookie and the mattresses.
  • "The Princess and the Pea" was spoofed again in another Sesame Street News Flash sketch with "The Princess and the C". In this sketch instead of a pea, this princess sleeps on things beginning with C.
  • Episode 3144 of Sesame Street features the ugly duckling, here called Hans, in a nod to the author.


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