- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Format: Hardback | 40 pages
- Dimensions: 254mm x 290mm x 14mm | 540g
- Publication date: 13 October 2009
- ISBN 10: 0763620793
- ISBN 13: 9780763620790
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 55,399
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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Brian Alderson is an esteemed children's book author, critic, and curator whose translation of some of his favorite Andersen tales was published as THE SWAN'S STORIES, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Brian Alderson lives in England. Bagram Ibatoulline has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, HANA IN THE TIME OF TULIPS, and GREAT JOY. He lives in Pennsylvania.
By Alexandra Barter 02 Jan 2014
I grew up with and love Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. I bought this version of Thumbelina for my 3 year old daughter as the illustrations looked gorgeous (and they are except for the teeth inexplicably given to all the insects and arachnids) and I was attracted to the phrase on Book Dep's description 'warm, witty retelling accessible to younger children' in the description.
The 'retelling' begins like this "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 the witch could help".
May I repeat, "She wanted a baby real bad."
Horrible, horrible language. I was shocked they let someone do this to a Hans Andersen story. I'm hoping our teething labrador takes a fancy to this book while I order an original. Do not order this book unless you want your child to speak like this real bad.