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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4 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”

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