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It's not easy being small, but in Brad Sneed's lovely new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina, at least life is full of adventure. Soon after being born from a fiery red flower, Thumbelina is kidnapped from home and pursued by many suitors, including a horrible toad, a bumbling beetle, and a grumpy mole--until the plucky heroine finds a true love who fits he...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 9th 2004 by Dial Books (first published 1835)
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Input had to read this over again. It is such a great " fairy tale", classic. HCA is one of my favorite authors, and always.will be. Besides tiny cute thugs are always in.
This version is so beautifully done, in watercolor, that is fluid and almost delicious, in its technique. I love the retelling of tales, especially when done so well.KUDOSK
John Yelverton
A very sweet and beautiful story.
Katie Hutson
A woman and her husband cannot have children, so the woman went to the local witch. She told her she wanted a baby, the witch gave her barleycorn to put in a pretty pot and then something will grow. After a while, the plant grew in the pot and out popped a baby girl, who was no bigger than their thumb. So they decided to call her Thumbelina. Her parents made her a nursery that they placed on the windowsill. In the spring, there was a toad, Mrs. Toad who saw Thumbelina and thought that she would...more
Salima Sikandar
This story is an adaption of Hans Christian Anderson presented by Brad Sneed. The story is full of adventure and tells about Thumbelina being born through a red fiery flower. Later, she is kidnapped and pursued by many suitors until she finds her true love who fits her right.
Thumbelina has always been such a classic fairy tale, including magic and talking animals. The interesting things about this verison are presentation of magnificent art work by the author I.e. the picture is able to communi...more
I read all the Hans Christian Andersen books as a kid in the early 1990s... I re-read them many times in different editions.
Rachel Courington
This is a version of Thumbelina that I absolutely fell in love with. Thumbelina has always been such a classic fairy tale, including magic and talking animals. THe cool thing about this version is really the art work from the author. But the story really is a fun story for children and gets them thinking a lot about the difference between the meaning beauty, nature, and home. It also really expands a child's imagination, also gets most girls to really think about the meaning of being a princess,...more
Kayla Krecklow
I could never remembered the whole story of thumbelina, only that she was about the size of a thumb and lived in a flower, so it was nice to be able to revisit this fairy tale. This book is filled with adventure and random happenings that I think kids would really enjoy. Like when Thumbelina got taken away by a frog because she thought she'd be good for her son, or meeting all these random creatures, some nicer than others. This is a great book for children to see life from another perspective a...more
Mandy Couch
This book seem to have a fairy tale ending. Tumbelina had to go through a little bit of hardship just to get to what she had been longing for and deserving of. This book did a good job of presenting new characters and actually brought one from the beginning of the story back in to the end of the story which actually saved her. The illustrations were great in this book.. I think children would love the suspense of the book.

At the end of the book, I would have the children change the endi...more
Matthew Downes
1) The category that this book fit under on the bingo board is "A Fairy Tale By Hans Christian Anderson Or The Brothers Grimm".

2) I decided to read this book because I needed to read a fairy tale for my reading log.

3) I liked how it was all about animals, or rather Tiny's troubles and relationships with with them, and how she travels all over the place meeting lots of different people/animals. It had an interesting variety of sad, happy, and rather strange parts to it. It was a nice change from...more
I love Hans Christian Andersen stories, but somehow I didn't like this one very well. I just couldn't find the lesson in this story. Honestly, what was it? If you have pretty face you will marry someone rich? Because that's the only thing I could get from this story.

Thumbelina gets constantly kidnaped by random animals because she is "beautiful" and other animals help her because she is "too beautiful" to marry that animal that is "ugly". At the end she gets her name changed because "Thumbelina"...more
As I was reading this to my daughter, my childhood impressions of this book came back to me. I remember being intrigued by the thumb-sized little girl and repulsed by the creepy animals that wanted to marry her. Same reaction as an adult.
Ginnie Grant
a beautiful, inspiring story with the perfect herione that will teach you about love, friendship, looking beyond what the eye sees. This story will live in your soul forever.
Noelle Walsh
This book was nice. I used to really like Thumbelina because I was glad to know I wasn't the only one on the short side (nowadays I've sprouted to average height though back when I was reading Thumbelina I was a bit short for my age) and I would recommend it to kids for sure.
Shannon Janik
“Thumbelina” is an old fairy tale retold by James Riordan and illustrated by Wayne Anderson. This tale tells the story of poor Thumbelina who gets taken from her comfortable home to live with toads and then with a mouse. Poor Thumbelina is then engaged to a mole that she does not wish to marry in the slightest. Thumbelina shows kindness to a swallow, which in turn helps her to escape the dreaded life she would have had to face with the mole. This fairy tale is well written and the pictures are b...more
Haley Anderson
The illustrations are fantastic! Teaching kids to stop and look at each page would be easy in a book like this.
I highly recommend this fairy tale to read in your classrooms. It is about a tiny little girl and her journey through nature. It shows children about the courage someone can have no matter what their size. It also teaches the importance of surviving the odds of being small and rather different than people, but accepting that you are small and different from people. Being different from people and showing that you accept that you are different is just what children need in this world today. There...more
This was my absolute favourite movie as a child... even now. I always loved the fairy tales but had not taken the time to read this specific one. I loved how closely the movie stayed to the story. I think the only thing more charming than marrying a fairy has got to be marrying the king of the flower spirits. What a lovely connection to the "veil of the fairies". Jaquimo remains intact with his role of telling the story. The only thing out of place is that she meets the king after her adventures...more
one of children's book i read on my childood but really liked

i loved this book when i was small.i really loved it
Eh, not my favorite story. I've always thought it was weird.
Rebecca Smith
Hans Christian Anderson, author of "Thumbelina", has written many fairytales in his career. While not all of his books are kid friendly, I would recommend this book to children in and above the preschool level. The illustrator, Adrienne Adams did an excellent job portraying Thumbelina and her story through the artwork in this children's fairytale. The artwork is very simplistic, but it allows the reader's imagination to flourish. The lesson that can be taught from this story is that no matter ho...more
Thumbelina was my favorite book as a child. I used to look inside all the flowers around my home to see if she was in there. A woman is unable to have children so she goes to a lady who gives her a seed that will grow a tiny child. Thumbelina lives in a flower until one day a toad comes and steals her away to make her a bride for his son. She escapes and then is wanted to wed a mole. She escapes with the help of a friend and returns home. A childhood classic that I will read to my kids someday.
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Recommends it for: Fairy Tales Fans & Readers

Thumbelina the girl who sleeps in the flowers, just as big as my thumb...

This is a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, which was one of my favourites when I was about 10-11 years old. I saw it many times as a movie and I loved it.

But this frog used to creep me out quite a few times ->
Jaime Contreras
I read this over the 4th of July holiday and was so taken by this beautiful fairy tale. It has remained one of my favorites for over 40 years because of its charm and sweet tale of love and hope.
Ellen Hunter
This was such a cute story about surviving the odds and finding love. I would love reading this in my future classroom. There are so many fun characters and interesting plot twists and turns. Small children would love this story because they could identify with the very short main character. I loved this story overall and I would recommend it for elementary reading.
Chanel Debooy
I LOVE THIS BOOK. This was also another favorite of mine when I was little but I had not read it in years. It is an adorable, clever story about a tiny princess searching for true love and avoiding all the frogs in her life. I appreciated the happy ending. This is a perfect example of a far-fetched fairytale that mostly women will enjoy. ;)
great illustrations, nice length for bedtime story when you're a little too sleepy, follows closely to original story. Pairs nicely with movie version (by Disney?). Very evocative story for discussion about how the world can be cruel, how you need to be resilient to make sure people don't take advantage of you.
I've always loved Thumbelina, and I was very happy to find that the movie is actually relatively close to the original story. That's surprising. Seriously, though, I love this story (once again) because of the unforgettable characters, great imagination, and overall beauty in his simple descriptions.
Megan Eby
Tumbelina was one of my favorite books as a child!! Thumbelina is a tiny little girl that lived in a flower. One day she is kidnapped and comes across all different types of creatures like a big ugly toad! On her journey, exploring things she never thought she would, she finds her true love!
I still remember the day my father bought me this book! :D I loved it so much, I wanted a Thumbelina for myself. I also remember feeling creeped out when the rat proposed Thumbelina for marriage lol and my fav part was in the end where she sits inside the flower with her prince <3
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