MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
So, let's start with the outside of this book-it is stunning. The book itself, The Fir Tree, is a lesson on appreciation. Appreciation of what we have, who we are and the things we are surrounded with. It's a beautifully sad story but an important one.
"'Enjoy your youth!' said the rays of sunlight. 'Enjoy your fresh groth and the young life inside of you.'"
In this book we learn to enjoy life and the little things in it. You learn to understand that taking your days for granted can make life pass you by without you even noticing.
SOURCE: Playing by the book
Even though the story is one that is sad, I think Sanna Annukka brought this book to life with her art. The colors in this book are vibrant, the pictures abstract and the overall feel Annukka gave this book was gorgeous. I think her illustrations are important to the novel because they help to form the words into something more than they are. The pictures help to show you the beautiful things that the Fir Tree was surrounded by but couldn't see because it was blind-blind to the fact it had an endless beauty surrounding it.
"'Take pleasure in us! said the air and the sunlight. 'Take pleasure in your youth out in the open!'"
The Fir Tree teaches us that life shouldn't be spent being jealous of other people or completely oblivious to what we have and should be grateful for. It teaches us to enjoy life for what it is. This story is important because now in days people feel entitled to everything they want and never stop to think about how appreciative they should be for the people and things they already have.
MY OVERALL RATING:
This story has a great message that is still very relevant. Never having read a Hans Christian Andersen novel before, I am very happy for this to have been the first. I recommend people read this book so that they can reevaluate how they think and look at life and the things in it. My hats off to Sanna Annukka. You made this book all the more gorgeous.
P.s. this book would make a fantastic Christmas present haha.
I received a free copy of the novel from the publishing company, through bloggingforbooks.com, in exchange for a honest review.
The Fir Tree BLURB || source: Goodreads
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 Treeis elevated from a children's book to a unique work of art and makes an ideal gift for people of all ages.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express themes that transcend age and nationality.
Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Little Mermaid", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Nightingale", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and many more. His stories have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films.