I spent a few days in Denmark on a work trip and took some time to hunt down kidlit-related sites. Before this visit, almost everything I knew about the country came from Number the Stars—so I made sure to visit Tivoli Gardens. I can see why Annemarie loved it–it’s a strange combination of amusement park and winter wonderland (they’re in the middle of their Christmas season). Still very commercial, but it comes off as much less cheesy than Disneyland:
Pocket Pacy enjoyed the Ferris Wheel:
And someone needs to tell Jon Klassen to put these hat-loving, faceless dwarves into a book:
There’s plenty around town to commemorate Hans Christian Andersen: he has a statue near city hall and a museum with giant dioramas of his stories, like this one showing The Steadfast Tin Soldier:
Most famous of all is the Little Mermaid statue by the harbor: there’s a huge line of tourists on the left that I cropped out. If the weather had been warmer, I’m sure we’d be wading in the water to get better photos. The statue is so famous that people have stolen the head at least twice–a fate even more gruesome than the sad ending of the original tale.