The Nightingale

The Nightingale cover

Travelers from every country in the world came to the city of the emperor, which they admired very much, as well as the palace and gardens; but when they heard the nightingale, they all declared it the best of all. And the travelers, on their return home, related what they had seen; and learned men wrote books, containing descriptions of the town, the palace, and the gardens; but they did not forget the nightingale, which was really the greatest wonder. And those who could write poetry composed beautiful verses about the nightingale, which lived in a forest near the deep sea. The books traveled all over the world, and some of them came into the hands of the emperor; and he sat in his golden chair, and, as he read, he nodded his approval every moment, for it pleased him to find such a beautiful description of his city, his palace, and his gardens. But when he came to the words, “the nightingale is the most beautiful of all,” he exclaimed, “What is this? I know nothing of any nightingale. Is there such a bird in my empire? And even in my garden? I have never heard of it”
Hans Christian Andersen

The Nightingale returns April 11.
Join us next week for “The Ugly Duckling,” illustrated by Patricia Cantor.



10 Comments to “The Nightingale”

  1. Thanks, Jen and thanks for stopping by.

  2. Nicely illustrated Carolyn. Very telling.

  3. Thanks, Veronica. I can’t wait to see what’s next either.

  4. A stunning piece of artwork! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  5. Thanks, Christina. It’s great to hear from you.

  6. Wow! That’s gorgeous Carolyn!!! You’ve got some serious skills!

  7. Thanks, Pat. It was a bit of a challenge, but the result was worth it.

  8. Gorgeous! A real masterpiece, Carolyn.

  9. Thanks, Jennifer. It’s really exciting to see it live.

  10. Wow Carolyn, this is amazing!! What great detail. Well done.

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