Thumbelina

By Andersen, Hans Henrik & Alderson, Brian & Ibatoulline, Bagram

Publishers Summary:
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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ISBN
978-0-76362-079-0
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on December 1, 2009

K-Gr 2 Alderson's version of this oft-retold tale clips along at a breezy pace, retaining most of Andersen's detail. It heightens the role of the swallow a bit, identifying him at the outset as the narrator, in addition to his central role in liberating Thumbelina. "'That's where it all started, ' said the swallow. That's where the woman went off to see the local witch. She wanted a baby real bad and thought t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Alderson's interpretation of the Andersen classic is spare and folksy ("She wanted a baby real bad"), with instance...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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