Tiny Thumbelina comes to life through a flower, but is misplaced when she is kidnapped by an ugly toad. Meeting one misfortune after another, she still experiences grace and help from unexpected sources. At last Thumbelina is rescued and borne away to a beautiful land of sunshine and flowers. There she meets the Flower King and lives happily ever after.
About H.C. Andersen Illustrated Fairy Tales
Within the fairy tale treasury that has come into the world's possession, Hans Christian Andersen's tales are among some of the most outstanding. His spellbinding stories present deep moral lessons that span both cultural and generational differences.
A thread of optimism weaves its way through Andersen's stories, giving hope and inspiration to all readers. It is in this spirit that the Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Classics are published.
We have selected 30 of the most popular tales and handpicked the best illustrators for each of them, taking great care to match the style of the illustrator with the specific story. Each tale talks to the heart through both words and pictures uncovering the very essence of life's values.
In this spare and lilting unabridged translation of the classic tale, the tiny girl's pleasant life is interrupted when she is stolen in sleep by an ugly matron-toad who seeks a wife for her son. A series of misadventures with goliath-like creatures--whether a cruel may-bug or a compassionate field mouse--leaves the beautiful Thumbelina feeling like a misfit. But her kindness in saving a swallow's life is returned when the bird flies her south to its enchanted garden. Here, Thumbelina finally meets her prince and discovers she is home. Graston, in a stunning debut, uses a light-shifting background of subtly tinted tiles as a backdrop to the range of miniature delights (a walnut-shell bed with rose-petal linens, a butterfly-powered sail on a lily pad) and darker emotions (loneliness and feeling out of place). The artwork varies from the silken and jewel-like (flowers and butterfly wings) to the earthy and somber (the cultured mole's underground home, the ailing swallow's feathered chest). The finale grounds the heady sentiment of the fairy-tale ending: the swallow perches on the venerable storyteller's fingers as it relates the tale to Andersen. All ages.