The storyteller of Central Park

Danish schoolkids in the 1950s helped raise money to fund this bronze statue of Hans Christian Anderson reading to a duckling in Central Park.

The statue was a gift from a Danish-American organization commemorating the Ugly Ducking writer’s 150th birthday in 1955.

It’s been a kid magnet ever since, especially with the Alice and Wonderland playground right nearby.

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5 Responses to “The storyteller of Central Park”

  1. petey Says:

    it’s a big enough statue, lots of picture and clambering opportunities.
    i used to play hockey on the adjoining sailboat lake.

  2. Jeff in Jersey Says:

    Old Hans would have been pleased with the location near a kiddie playground!

  3. Jill Says:

    As a child this statue absolutely entranced me.

  4. hans Says:

    This is the statue referenced the the Chicago song “Saturday In The Park”

  5. Central Park’s Mother Goose statue tells many stories | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] close to this kid-friendly part of the park are the Hans Christian Anderson and the Ugly Duckling statue and two Alice in Wonderlands, one at East Drive and 75th Street and the other inside Levin […]

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