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Candlewick Press, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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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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Thumbelina gets a dose of animal husbandry. Snicker. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

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.

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