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Thumbelina by Amy Ehrlich
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Sep 28, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens-picture-books, fairytales-folktales-mythology, history

I thought this was lovely, but then I'm a Jeffers fan. The story of Thumbelina has always proved oddly intriguing--alternately delightful and disturbing--for me (aided, no doubt, by the very odd experience of seeing human actors dressed as Mole and Bluebird in the Faerie Tale Theater production, ahem!) I must say this version (text) did nothing to clear up the problematic elements although I am still enchanted with the idea of the wee girl living amongst birds, butterflies and flowers. Here, we have a very sudden "happy ending" as Thumbelina's dear friend (whose apparent love for her remains unrequited) drops her off amongst her own kind and the prince falls for her instantly because she is "so lovely"--the translation tries to make it out that Thumbelina sees right through to his good heart given the kind set of his lips and his nice eyes, but it really seems a bit too "you're beautiful, I'm handsome and a king and I want you so let's get married" for my taste--oh, and I guess Thumbelina never gave her poor mom another thought??? But, anyway, the illustrations are lovely and cater to all the elements of the tale that I actually like--Thumbelina sleeps in a nutshell with flower petal blankets, she has exquisite dresses (lots of them--apparently the fieldmouse she stays with likes to keep her dressed well!), gets pulled along on a lillypad harnessed to a butterfly, she befriends a bird and soars through the sky on his back, and in the end she gets her own sweet pair of wings so she can fly, too.


Note to self: look for the Lauren Mills Edition and the Bagram Ibatoulline versions
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Kathryn Yes, I read your review and appreciated your insights, too. As for the variety of clothes T. got to wear, I guess I just loved all the dresses too much to mind and guessed that Mrs Fieldmouse made them for her ;-p

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Ronyell This sounds like an interesting version of the tale Kathryn! I remembered the Faerie Tale Theatre episode too! I really love that show!

Beverly oh, and I guess Thumbelina never gave her poor mom another thought??? LOL--I also wondered about her poor parents! But then we moms would notice something like that!

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