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Classical Kids Storytime: 'The Emperor's New Clothes'

Classical Kids Storytime: The Emperor's New Clothes Nancy Carlson for MPR
10min 22sec : Classical Kids Storytime: The Emperor's New Clothes

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A vain emperor gets more than he bargained for when two weavers promise to make him a suit with special powers. What happens when he puts it on? Find out in The Emperor's New Clothes, the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring music by George Frideric Handel and original illustrations by Nancy Carlson.

(See more of Carlson's illustrations in the gallery.)

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Our telling of The Emperor's New Clothes includes excerpts from the following work and recording:

George Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Prague Chamber Soloists, Andrew Mogrelia
Amadis 26

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Credits

Storyteller: Valerie Kahler
Writer: Hans Christian Andersen (adapted by Steve Seel and Valerie Kahler)
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: James Napoli
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: The Emperor's New Clothes Nancy Carlson for MPR
Once upon a time, many years ago, there lived an emperor. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The emperor loved clothes. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The emperor was out of control. All he did was look at clothes, try on clothes, order new clothes, and change his clothes five or six times a day. Nancy Carlson for MPR
That was all he did. Nancy Carlson for MPR
One day, a couple of crooks came to town. They pretended to be weavers and fabric makers. Nancy Carlson for MPR
"Wait until you see our newest fabric," they said. "It has a very useful way of becoming invisible to anyone who is unqualified for his or her job." Nancy Carlson for MPR
The emperor gave the crooks a huge amount of money to start weaving this fabric. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The crooks demanded heaps and heaps of imported silk thread. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The crooks set up two looms and pretended to weave. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The emperor sent his most trusted advisor to check how things were going. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The next day, the emperor sent another trusted official to check out the fabric. He looked and looked, but he couldn't see anything. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The emperor wanted to see the fabric for himself. Nobody was willing to admit that they saw nothing on the looms. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The emperor nodded to the two crooks. They promised to work all night long to finish his garment. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The crooks raised their arms like they were holding something. Everyone in the room has something to say in praise of the clothes. Nancy Carlson for MPR
The emperor led a procession through the streets of town. Every person said, "Oh, how wonderful the emperor's new clothes are!" Nancy Carlson for MPR
One little girl said, "He hasn't got anything on." The entire town finally said aloud: "He hasn't got anything on!" Nancy Carlson for MPR
The emperor shivered because he suspected they were right and also because he was cold. What he really needed was someone to tell him the truth, no matter how difficult it was. The townspeople learned how easy it is to believe a lie when everyone is afraid to speak up. Nancy Carlson for MPR

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