I think I've read almost all of Hans Christian Andersen's stories. This is the story of life with a bit of fairy tale thrown in.
North and South sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It has been published and you can get a copy now.
A little girl and her mother are going to another town on the stage and there's a man already there when they board. The girl looks him over and after a while asks him if he's old. Her mother tells her you don't ask questions like that but Hans tells her it's alright. He tells the girl he's still a young boy inside but. yes, he's getting old. When he tells her he writes fairy tales, she asks him to tell her one. He tells her more than one...
Maja Kastelic did the illustrations and they add to the story.
This is a combination of facts and fairy tales and it's fun to read.