Illustrated using beautiful soft pastel watercolors that evoke the warmth of the story.
|Publisher:||Scandinavia Publishing House|
|Product dimensions:||10.30(w) x 13.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Hans Christian Andersen (1805~1875) produced 130 volumes of outstanding children's stories during his lifetime. Today, his stories are loved and recognized all around the world.
Hye-Won Yang majored in Industrial design and has become one of Korea's most loved children's book illustrators. Working with pastel watercolors, she has created many beautiful works.
Date of Birth:April 2, 1805
Date of Death:August 4, 1875
Place of Birth:Odense, Denmark
Place of Death:Copenhagen, Denmark
Read an Excerpt
"There once was a woman who wished for a child, but was unable to have one. So she sought help from a kind fairy.
'Take this magic seed,' said the fairy. 'Plant it in a flower-pot, and see what will happen.'
'Thank you,' the woman replied, and she went right home and planted the seed. Soon it sprouted and grew a beautiful bud. 'How lovely!' she exclaimed, giving its petals an impulsive kiss.
POOF! The bud blossomed. In the middle of the flower sat a girl as pretty and delicate as the petals and no bigger than the woman’s thumb.
The woman couldn’t believe her eyes. 'I shall call you Thumbelina,' she said joyfully."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lovely book - a Christmas gift for my 4 yr old great-granddaughter. I'm positive she will "read" it many times!
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.
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.
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!