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Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride
     

Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride

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by Barbara Ensor, Hans Christian Andersen (Based on a book by)
 

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HERE’S A CONTEMPORARY retelling of Andersen’s tale, revamped and fleshed out for today’s hip tweens. As she did in Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Tale), Ensor re-imagines this classic, adding her own inimitable humor, flair, and stylish black-and-white silhouette spot illustrations. Thumbelina is that story most of us

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HERE’S A CONTEMPORARY retelling of Andersen’s tale, revamped and fleshed out for today’s hip tweens. As she did in Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Tale), Ensor re-imagines this classic, adding her own inimitable humor, flair, and stylish black-and-white silhouette spot illustrations. Thumbelina is that story most of us can’t quite remember. Okay, sure, it’s about a tiny girl just the size of your thumb. But did you know that her troubles (or adventures, if you prefer) begin when she begs her mother to let her sleep outside on the porch? And that in no time she is engaged to a frog, and then a mole, and even receives a proposal from a miniature king?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Review, The New York Times Book Review, June 15, 2008:
"Ensor revisits Andersen's tale and gives it a feminist touch . . . [and] her expressive collage cutouts have tons of charm."
Julie Just
Ensor revisits Andersen's tale and gives it a feminist touch…her expressive collage cutouts have tons of charm.
—The New York Times
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

In this retelling, Hans Christian Andersen's original tale gets a little padding, some reinterpretation, and a format makeover into an early chapter book. The changes include expanding the role of Thumbelina's mother, making Thumbelina a bit more assertive, assigning the mouse a case of unrequited love, and adding an epilogue with an alternate ending. The basics, including Thumbelina's adventures and suitors, remain the same, even retaining language alluding to Denmark and references that create a historical context (e.g., mention of a dowry). Old-fashioned-looking black-and-white silhouettes break up the text. Neither the caliber of the writing nor the illustrations make this an essential purchase. The novel format may tempt fairy and princess fans who have moved on to longer fiction. Otherwise, libraries that own good versions of the tale, such as Lauren Mills's Thumbelina (Little, Brown, 2005), could pass on this one.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL

Kirkus Reviews
It all begins when a young woman decides she wants a baby enough to visit a witch. After paying a fee, Anne Marie goes home with a seed that quickly grows and blossoms to reveal a tiny girl. Thumbelina grows up sheltered, loved and well-cared for, but full of curiosity about the outside world. She records her frustrations in her diary and begs her mother to let her sleep outside. Finally her mother agrees, but after a night spent playing tag with fireflies, the slumbering Thumbelina is kidnapped by a frog looking for a daughter-in-law. She escapes this fate with some effort and embarks on her own journey down the unfamiliar river. This fleshed-out version of the Andersen tale is faithful to the original and has a charming, old-fashioned tone that lovers of fairy tales will undoubtedly embrace. Crisp silhouettes appear as spot illustrations and hand-lettered diary entries alternate with the conventional text throughout, lending an air of timelessness. (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375839603
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875), the Danish author and poet, is most famous for his beloved fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, and Thumbelina.

Barbara Ensor is the author-illustrator of Cinderella (As If You Didn’t Already Know the Story), hailed in the New York Times as “truly divine.” She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Many know the story of Thumbelina. She is a very tiny girl who one day went on the adventure of a lifetime. She met toads, a mouse, a mole, and a swallow.

She also met her true love -- the little king of the flowers.

Barbara Ensor takes the classic story and makes some changes of her own, based on her logic of how the story should end.

This easy and fast read will be very entertaining to readers of all ages. With only about 150 pages, the reader can learn the entire story of Thumbelina in a short time. The story flows from one scene to another, bringing the classic character of Thumbelina to life.

Readers are sure to enjoy this fascinating story re-created by Ms. Ensor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for a kid
TIM ARTHUR More than 1 year ago
I read 'Cinderella (as if you didn't already know the story)', hope this one is good too.
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Bela Ertel More than 1 year ago
i cannt really say it was that good because im broke and only bought the sample which isonmly thhe prolouge and half a sentence on the first page of the first chapter