Thumbelina (Illustrated)

Thumbelina (Illustrated)

by Hans Christian Andersen


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Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author best known for writing children's stories including "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling."
But he didn't just write short stories, and his intended audience wasn't restricted to children. In addition to his fairy tales, Andersen wrote poems, plays, novels,
travel books, essays, and more. He hungered for recognition at home (Denmark) and abroad-and he got it! Eventually. Today, his stories can be read in over one hundred languages.
But no matter what language they're in, Andersen's tales have got something for everyone. In them, you'll find beauty, tragedy, nature, religion, artfulness,
deception, betrayal, love, death, judgment, penance, and-occasionally-a happy ending.
They're complex tales, but since Andersen himself was pretty complex, we like to think that art imitates life. Or something like that.
Thumbelina is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen first published by C. A. Reitzel on 16 December 1835 in Copenhagen, Denmark with "The Naughty Boy"
and "The Traveling Companion" in the second installment of Fairy Tales Told for Children.
"Thumbelina" is about a tiny girl and her adventures with appearance- and marriage-minded toads,
moles, and cockchafers. She successfully avoids their intentions before falling in love with a flower-fairy prince just her size.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781727682595
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 36
Sales rank: 685,593
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.07(d)

About the Author

Date of Birth:

April 2, 1805

Date of Death:

August 4, 1875

Place of Birth:

Odense, Denmark

Place of Death:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Thumbelina 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story!
SandiFL More than 1 year ago
Lovely book - a Christmas gift for my 4 yr old great-granddaughter. I'm positive she will "read" it many times!
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a sweetly illustrated fairly classic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale (only without the religious overtones that I think were part of the original telling). Basically Thumbelina is dragged around everywhere and nearly forced to marry a few suitors she doesn't like, but is helped out by a few friends. Finally she lands with the king of the fairies- a suitor she does like, and subsequently marries.
inkgobbler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite my daughters love of the Susan Jeffers illustrated fairy tales, this Brad Sneed version always won out over the Jeffers version. This had to be give five stars for the sheer number of times it was requested at bedtime. The illustrations are sophisticated and almost haunting, far more depth than what you generally see on the market. You won't get tired of looking at this one. It begs to be seen over and over again. And of course, Thumbelina is the enchanting tale that it has always been. Who can resist the story of tiny girl in her nutshell bed/boat? Her escape from one kidnapping and arranged marriage after another are all very exciting, and her friendship with the bird who flies her to a prince always set my little girl to drift into a happy sleep.
Treeseed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The familiar Hans Christian Andersen story of Thumbelina has received the royal treatment from Susan Jeffers. Her large, lovely pictures make this seem like you are stepping into the story for the first time. Thumbelina is so dainty and sweet that it's no wonder the toad wishes to marry her but poor Thumbelina has a harrowing time escaping from her warty suitor. Share a trumpet vine blossom with Thumbelina, a pair of hummingbirds and a fat bumble bee or take a ride with her on the back of a gallant swallow. This whole story is enchanting from start to finish and the pictures are a delight!
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