Happy Birthday, Andersen!

How better celebrate the 215th anniversary of the birth of legendary Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen than by reading one of his most beloved tales? The Emperor’s New Clothes tells the story of a vain emperor deceived by almost everyone around him. Guess who is the only fearless and honest character in this story of fashion, conceit, a lack of critical thinking, honesty and values in general.

Reading Activity Tip – The Emperor’s New Clothes

Translated into over 100 languages, The Emperor’s New Clothes tells the story of two weavers who make the emperor invisible clothes that only incompetent people can’t see, they say. Nobody wants to look silly, so they all deceive the vain emperor. Except for one fearless child. The story teaches about fashion, conceit, a lack of critical thinking, honesty and values in general.

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  • distance learning activitis for ESL teachers and students OR
  • stay-at-home activities for parents and families.



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