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Featuring "The Emperor's New Clothes"

"The Emperor's New Clothes" by Rowe book coverCalling all readers!

Please join us in the children's room on Monday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. for our Reader's Theatre program.

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, Re-cut, pinned and stitched by John A. Rowe is the featured piece.  

In this version of Andersen's tale, the emperor loves shopping and new clothes, but he is still tricked by two rascals.  Everyone agrees that the emperor is charming, clever, and works very hard ... at shopping! Showing off his expensive clothes is all he cares about. So one day, a pair of swindlers decides to profit from the emperor's vanity. They offer to make him a splendid suit cut from a magical cloth that cannot be seen by anyone who is lazy or stupid. Who will be brave enough to tell the emperor that he's really wearing nothing at all?

There are many delightful versions and spin offs of this classic tale.

Here are a few more you may wish to read: 
The Emperor's Old Clothes
By Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by David Catrow
A continuation of "The Emperor's New Clothes," in which a simple farmer finds the emperor's old clothes on his way home from the market and decides to put them on.
"Emperor's New Clothes" by Lasky book cover
The Emperor's New Clothes 
Retold by Marcus Sedgwick
Illustrated by Alison Jay
In this retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story in which two rascals sell a vain emperor an invisible suit of clothes, all the characters are animals.
"Emperor's New Clothes" by Sedgwick book cover
The Emperor's Cool Clothes
By Lee Harper
JUV E Harper
Two rascally weavers convince the emperor they are making clothing that will make him look "cool" and will let him know who else is "cool," as well, but when he wears them during the Royal Parade, a child cries out that the emperor has nothing on. Includes author's note about the story's origins.
"The Emperor's Cool Clothes" book cover
The Emperor's New Clothes: A Tale Set in China
By Demi
JUV 398.2 DEMI

Two rascals sell a vain Chinese emperor an invisible suit of clothes.
"The Emperor's New Clothes" by Demi book cover
King Long Shanks
By Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Victoria Chess
Although he hates their poor poetry, a frog king agrees to let two flattering scoundrels create an outfit for him that will show off his fine, long, strong legs and test the loyalty of his subjects.
"King Long Shanks" book cover