By Hans Christian Andersen; Brian Alderson (Retold by); Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763620790, 40pp.)

Publication Date: October 13, 2009

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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.

About the Author
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), famous Danish author and poet, is beloved by children and adults the world around for his famous children's stories such as "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Snow Queen," "The Little Mermaid," "Thumbelina," "The Little Match Girl," The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The Princess and the Pea," among many others.

Brian Alderson is an international authority in the field of children's literature. His research interests lie in the history of childrenis books and of book illustration. He is editor and translator of a number of classic childrenis literary works, and for his contribution to the genre, he won the Eleanor Farjeon Award. As childrenis books editor for The Times of London, he is actively involved in the criticism of childrenis literature. He has lectured on childrenis literature at what is now the University of North London, where he became involved in the British Studies Program of the University of Southern Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippiis de Grummond Collection is the sole repository for the Ezra Jack Keats archive. Holdings include manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations, and proofs for 37 books written and/or illustrated by Keats. Also included are his personal papers, personal and professional correspondence, fan mail and artwork from children, photographs, and childhood memorabilia.

Heather Vogel Frederick is the author of the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series, as well as the highly acclaimed "The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed", "The Education of Patience Goodspeed", and the Spy Mice series. She resides with her family in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at
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