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Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen

Thumbelina (1989)

by Hans Christian Andersen

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This is the classic tale of Thumbelina being stolen away to be forced into marriage. First a mother toad stole her to marry her son and then a field mouse tried to get her to marry a mole. Thankfully with the help of a kind swallow Thumbelina is able to escape and finds a group of flower spirits. Really reflecting on the fairy tale makes me realize how strange this tale is and how strange it would sound to children that had not grown up with this tale. The illustrations are nice and seem to be watercolor which makes the images seem very soft and gentle like Thumbelina. ( )
  Kevin-Kelley | Nov 28, 2018 |
Thumbelina gets a dose of animal husbandry. Snicker. ( )
  morbusiff | Sep 20, 2018 |
This is a lovely retelling of the classic tale, with magical yet sweet illustrations by Adrienne Adams. I remember reading this particular edition from my childhood, but was enthralled anew reading it as an adult. A delightful book. ( )
  fuzzi | Dec 28, 2016 |
Thumbelina was about a little small girl who was grown by a woman who wanted a child so badly. She had the most beautiful voice ever. She went through many trials and tribulations with animals around her only to end up with someone she really liked for a husband. I did not like the way most of the bugs and animals treated her but of course I wouldn't have. I would've liked it alittle more better if she somehow found her way back to her mother at the end of the book. ( )
  lasmith7 | Sep 22, 2016 |
Written in 1835, this is one of Hans Christian Andersen's first fairytales. While today the title is Thumbelina, throughout the years, the name changed from Tommelise, Little Ellie, and Little Totty.

This was also the first tale wherein Anderson used an animal/bird as a rescuing force.

The story starts with the swallow who tells the story of a woman who longed for a child. Visiting a local witch, she was given a few seeds of barleycorn. When a bud broke forth in the soil, one tight bud unfolded. And, as it opened the teeny, tiny wonderously formed little girl appeared. She was no bigger than a thumb.

Throughout the tale, Thumbelina experiences many adventures and comes upon those, very unlike her, who want to claim and marry her. First a toad looks in the open window and kidnaps Thumbelina, taking her to live on a lilly pad.
It is the river fish who hears her cries and rubbed the lillypad stalk until it broke.

Another creature, this time a beautiful butterfly landed on her lillypad and, taking her dress sash and roping it gently around the butterfly, she is carried down stream. Followed now by nasgy looking may bugs who flew her away, talking her to their home wherein she is deemed two footed ugly and skinny. Too ugly to keep, they dump her on a daisy.

Winter occurs and dejected and cold, she is rescued by a fieldmouse who captures her and makes her keep his abode clean while reading stories to him. He then set-up a visit with an old mole like creature who vows to marry her and keep her in the dark underground.

As they walk through his underground tunnels, they come upon a sparrow, presumed dead. Thumbelina rescues the sparrow from death by keeping it warm with a blanket. On her wedding day, the sparrow flew up through a hole in the ground taking her away as they flew high above the ground, soaring in the air.

In the end, the sparrow gently drops her with the Crystal Fairies who live where she once dwelt. Each flower contains a male and female fairy. The bud she landed upon contained the Crystal King. They married, and each year the sparrow returns to watch over her.

Once again, Bagram Ibatoulline provides detailed, beautiful illustrations that make the story come to life. ( )
  Whisper1 | Sep 4, 2016 |
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Andersen, Hans Christianprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, AdrienneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Anderson, LeeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Škop, SiimaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bang-Hansen, OddTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sem, Ingebjørg DahlTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The adventures of a tiny girl and her animal friends.

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After being kidnapped by an ugly toad, a beautiful girl no bigger than a thumb has a series of dreadful experiences before meeting a fairy prince just her size.

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