Brave Thumbelina

Brave Thumbelina

by An Leysen


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605374215
Publisher: Clavis
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 9.84(w) x 10.20(h) x (d)
Age Range: 5 Years

About the Author

An Leysen (1972) is married to visual artist Jef Faes. They have a daughter together, Louise (2004), who has art running through her veins too. After all, Louise already made some illustrations for both Tanneke de heksenprinses (‘Tanneke, the Princess of Witches’) and Prinses Dommelijntje (‘The Princess Who Could Not Sleep’). An Leysen works as a teacher in Turnhout (Belgium). She teaches ‘creation’ and ‘fashion drawing’. In her spare time she likes to – what else? – read and draw.

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Brave Thumbelina 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 7 months ago
This book is billed as a retelling of the story of Thumbelina. It doesn't seem to be so much of a retelling, but the same story with the language updated, new and beautiful illustrations with a bit of a happier ending. These illustrations are done in such a way as to add magic to the story. They are not a bright, vibrant illustration, but a muted pastel drawing that fit the story perfectly. For those of you not familiar with the story of Thumbelina, it is about a woman who prayed and hoped to have a daughter. She receives a flower seed from a good witch and when she plants it and it grows, there is a tiny girl within the petals. She loves and takes care of her, naming her Thumbelina. Thumbelina is kidnapped by an ugly toad and the rest of the story is about her adventures with many creatures wanting to marry her and keep her. She does have her happily ever after though. I am not really sure what the message is in this fairytale, as most do have a lesson. This book is aimed at readers aged 5 and older, and the language and writing style seem appropriate for that age range. The story itself is well-written, though it is essentially the Thumbelina story that most people know. Regardless of that, I did enjoy this fairytale and the illustrations that accompanied it. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
TchrTrvlrWrtr 9 months ago
I loved this version of Thumbelina. The illustrations were soft, whimsical and brought the story to life. It is a familiar tale, and the re-telling of this classic tale, that highlights Thumbelina being "Brave" is a beautiful way to demonstrate empowerment at a young age in a safe way. I had the pleasure of reading the digital version. The color choices were warm and delighted me as I read. I will absolutely be looking for the physical edition of this book. I can only imagine that the pictures pop more beautifully in real life. Overall, a beautiful version of this text. I highly recommend it.
AdrianaB More than 1 year ago
This book is a re-interpretation of Thumbelina, which is lovely. Iove all tge fairy tales. I think that the illustrations are more than great making the story even more lovely.
Maja Vogrin More than 1 year ago
First off, I'm a huge fan of anything related to Hans Christian Andersen. The stories that he created truly transcend way beyond his time. They, at least to me, always have a life lesson in them and even though they usually end on a more sad note, they still stick in your memory years later. I love fairy tales, as a kid and even now and probably will when I'm in my late years. So, when I saw a re-make of one of his famous stories, I simply had to read it. Now, overall I liked it. There are great characters, plot and you simply get a nice feeling when reading this story. But since this book is meant for ages 5 and up, I'm not so sure how they'd like the font. To me, it was too small and children usually like bigger and more simpler fonts. So you could say that I wasn't a big fan of the authors choice in regards to that. Also, and some might call me a picky reader, there were times when I wished for a better execution of the art. Again, overall it's great, but in some pages I wished for a better detail (especially with eyes). I know that the children won't mind it...but I do... Now, the fact that this time around the main character is a girl and not a boy is a nice change. I enjoyed that. And I also liked the ending. You could say that it's a nice re-make. But for me Hans Christian Andersen is Hans Christian Andersen. And he's one of the greatest fairy tale writers that I know of. So while I might've enjoyed this story, I'd still prefer one of his originals.
Gorelenore More than 1 year ago
This is a gorgeous book retelling the story of Thumbelina. The illustrations throughout are breathtakingly done in pastel colors. The images are whimsical and realistic and the retelling is very well done. This is on the wordier side of Youth reads - the images are large and take up a lot of space but each page has a full paragraph of text as well. So it isn't a quick bedtime read but it is a great book if you have time to sit and read. If your child sits well this is a beautiful book to read to them. It has some good teaching points about being thoughtful and nice and how that can help you in the long run and about appreciating the beauty of the world around us.
Wait-What More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books I have ever seen. It is truly a work of art with the muted pastels and expressive faces. I admit that I don't remember the full details of the classic Thumbelina fairy tale but this version is definitely worth checking out. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MarijaL More than 1 year ago
This story reminded me of my childhood when my parents read it to me. This was one of my favorites. I've read it right away and enjoyed the illustrations, and the story itself. Simply wonderful