A New Chapter for Children’s Literature Across Indonesia

Though he wrote numerous plays, novels and poems, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales that have been read to and by children all over the world.

“The Princess and the Pea,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Wild Swans,” “The Little Match Girl” and “The Ugly Duckling” are only a few among his best-known stories; a trademark of his tales are the often heartbreaking ordeals and challenges his characters must go through before finding happiness — if they find it at all.

Since 1967, International Children’s Book Day is celebrated on April 2, Andersen’s birthday, in order to remember his legacy and at the same time inspire a passion for reading in children.

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