The King’s New Robe

A wonderful Arabian trickster tale – one which H.C. Andersen drew upon for “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

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In  European Witness (2014, pp. 134 – 137), Paul Binding notes that Andersen used Spanish and ultimately Arabic sources for his story “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. This is clearly one of them.

My thanks to Tamara Spitzing for sending me this German version, “Das Haar an Seinem Mantel” (The Hair on his Coat) in Märchen für die Seele: Märchen zum Erzählen und Vorlesen (2010, Heinrich Dickerhoff / Harlinda Lox)


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For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling