Thumbelina
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Thumbelina

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by Brian Alderson, Hans Christian Andersen, Bagram Ibatoulline
     
 

Luminous illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline combine with Brian Alderson’s wry retelling for a gorgeous gift edition of a well-loved tale.

A childless woman visits a witch who gives her a barleycorn — and hidden in its bloom is a tiny girl. For one so small, Thumbelina’s life is full of misadventures as she floats through the pages like a

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Luminous illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline combine with Brian Alderson’s wry retelling for a gorgeous gift edition of a well-loved tale.

A childless woman visits a witch who gives her a barleycorn — and hidden in its bloom is a tiny girl. For one so small, Thumbelina’s life is full of misadventures as she floats through the pages like a wisp on the wind, encountering kind and unkind creatures in succession. But old Mrs. Toad with her "rek-kek-kek" and the alarming Man in Gray cannot crush her spirits, and Thumbelina’s gentle concern for a winged soul in need paves the way to her freedom and happiness. In a warm, witty retelling accessible to younger children, Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of a girl no bigger than a thumb is lavishly illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline. Showcasing art evocative of Victorian storybooks — with a touch of the dreamlike Rousseau — this is truly a breathtaking edition of a treasured classic.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Hans Christian Anderson's poignant tale of a tiny girl kidnapped and trapped in the woods is retold here, flushed with violet-hued watercolors. Dizzying perspectives magnify wee Thumbelina's travails in the enormous world around her. Descriptive language breathes life into the adventures as she escapes her many captors and finally meets a whole society of folks her size.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763620790
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Once upon a time there was a woman whose only desire was to have a tiny little child. Now she had no idea where she could get one, so she went to an old witch and asked her: "Please, could you tell me where I could get a tiny little child? I would so love to have one."

"That is not so difficult," said the witch. "Here is a grain of barley; it is not the kind that grows in the farmer's fields or that you can feed to the chickens. Plant it in a flowerpot and watch what happens."



Excerpted from Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen. Translation copyright (c) 1974 by Erik Haugaard. Illustrations copyright (c) 1996 by Arlene Graston. Excerpted by permission of Delacorte Press, a division of the Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


Meet the Author

Brian Alderson is an esteemed children’s book author, critic, and curator whose translation of some of his favorite Andersen tales was published as THE SWAN'S STORIES, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Brian Alderson lives in England.

Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, HANA IN THE TIME OF TULIPS, and GREAT JOY. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Thumbelina 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
FROSTETTE More than 1 year ago
I received the book quickly and it was packed very nicely - plenty of padding.