Thumbelina

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A sensitive retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale, exquisitely rendered in watercolors by Emma Chichester Clark. A tiny girl, born in a flower, is seized in the night by an ugly toad…and so begins the fantastic journey of Thumbelina. Jane Falloon's graceful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy story retains all the magic of the original, while Thumbelina's miniature world is brought to life in Emma Chichester Clark's richly detailed watercolors. Award-winner Emma Chichester Clark has ...

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Overview

A sensitive retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale, exquisitely rendered in watercolors by Emma Chichester Clark. A tiny girl, born in a flower, is seized in the night by an ugly toad…and so begins the fantastic journey of Thumbelina. Jane Falloon's graceful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy story retains all the magic of the original, while Thumbelina's miniature world is brought to life in Emma Chichester Clark's richly detailed watercolors. Award-winner Emma Chichester Clark has written and illustrated many highly praised books for children, including I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award; Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo?; It Was You, Blue Kangaroo!; Cunning Cat Tales; and Little Miss Muffet’s Count-Along Surprise.

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Tiny Thumbelina, who measures "exactly the same size as your thumb," pluckily weathers a string of harrowing ordeals in this version of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, a British import. As the diminutive heroine finds herself in the clutches of several unsuitable suitors (an overzealous toad, an aggressive stag beetle and an eager-to-marry mole), Falloon's unhurried storytelling chronicles Thumbelina's fears and worries with a minimum of tension or animation. This relaxed pace allows readers to more deeply consider the size-gone-awry fantasy. The author's occasionally sophisticated vocabulary and a sprinkling of British phrases will keep readers on their toes, but are not off-putting. Clark's distinctive watercolors, awash in much of nature's green and blue, provide pleasant, sometimes humorous accompaniment for the low-key narration. As a clever design element, small vignettes of Thumbelina with her various animal acquaintances far outnumber full-page paintings and liberally decorate the pages, skillfully breaking up lengthy passages of text. Younger readers will appreciate that most scenes are drawn to Thumbelina's scale, and that even the disagreeable characters here do not appear very menacing. The timeless portrait of a determined protagonist capable of surviving any fate but lucky enough to escape unfortunate circumstances will resonate for many contemporary girls.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tiny Thumbelina, who measures "exactly the same size as your thumb," pluckily weathers a string of harrowing ordeals in this version of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, a British import. As the diminutive heroine finds herself in the clutches of several unsuitable suitors (an overzealous toad, an aggressive stag beetle and an eager-to-marry mole), Falloon's unhurried storytelling chronicles Thumbelina's fears and worries with a minimum of tension or animation. This relaxed pace allows readers to more deeply consider the size-gone-awry fantasy. The author's occasionally sophisticated vocabulary and a sprinkling of British phrases will keep readers on their toes, but are not off-putting. Clark's distinctive watercolors, awash in much of nature's green and blue, provide pleasant, sometimes humorous accompaniment for the low-key narration. As a clever design element, small vignettes of Thumbelina with her various animal acquaintances far outnumber full-page paintings and liberally decorate the pages, skillfully breaking up lengthy passages of text. Younger readers will appreciate that most scenes are drawn to Thumbelina's scale, and that even the disagreeable characters here do not appear very menacing. The timeless portrait of a determined protagonist capable of surviving any fate but lucky enough to escape unfortunate circumstances will resonate for many contemporary girls. Ages 5-9. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Although this is an admirable retelling of the classic tale of tiny Thumbelina, I'm too much of a feminist to recommend its reading to youngsters of today. Poor Thumbelina will never be happy unless she finds someone to take care of her. She is such a helpless character in this story that I can't even feel sorry for her. She is dragged around by everyone she meets with little ingenuity on her part of how to extricate herself. The charming storybook watercolors seem to portray her as a victim, too.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2Although there are many versions of the thumb-sized heroine's adventures available, this attractive offering is an excellent choice. Falloon's clean, clear narrative recounts the tale with simplicity and style, without losing the poetic quality of Andersen's original. The text reads aloud well, although it is best suited to one-on-one sharing or independent reading. Andersen ended his tale with the swallow returning and telling him the story. Other versions end with Thumbelina's wedding to the flower fairy king. At the end of Falloon's retelling, the swallow flies back to Thumbelina's foster mother, the farmer's wife, and tells her what happened; it is the farmer's wife who narrates this story. This is a particularly nice touch that adds closure to the tale without detracting from its tone. Chichester Clark's graceful, sunny watercolor illustrations illuminate the text with spring colors, light, and motion. They capture Thumbelina's waiflike essence, yet give her strength and spirit. The pastel palette and sprightly style soften the darker edges of the story and help to reinforce the theme of coming home to a place where one is wanted.Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689811814
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.61 (w) x 10.35 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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