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by Hans Christian Andersen

1837

Welcome to the parent guide for this text! Read below to find out about what your child is reading in class and how you can support him/her at home.

This week in class, we’re reading "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Hans Christian Andersen.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author best known for his collection of fairy tales, such as “The Little Mermaid.” In “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” two conmen manage to convince the emperor to wear clothing that is invisible to the foolish or stupid. Embarrassed to admit he cannot see the clothes, the emperor strips, puts them on, and walks naked through the streets.

As we read, we will be discussing the themes of Power & Greed and Social Pressure as they relate to the text. We are trying to answer these big questions :

"What are the effects of following the crowd?" and "How does power corrupt?"

Ways to support your child: