Thumbelina

Thumbelina

By Hans Christian Andersen; Brian Alderson (Retold by); Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763620790, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2009

Description

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 was a Danish fairy tale writer and poet who is most noted for his Fairy Tales, including the enduring children s stories The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and The Ugy Duckling. Through his youth Andersen worked as a weaver s apprentice and actor before turning to writing. Andersen s works have been translated into more than 150 languages and have inspired countless films, plays, and ballets. Although Andersen died in 1875, the anniversary of his birthday (June 2) continues to celebrated each year as International Children s Book Day.

Brian Alderson is the chief children's book reviewer for the London Times and a lecturer and writer on the history of children's literature. He received great acclaim for his retelling of classic Grimm fairy tales, The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Michael Foreman. This collection was described by Robert Nye of the Times as "The version of the stories."

Bagram Ibatoulline was born in Russia and educated at the Moscow State Academic Art Institute. His first book was Philip Booth's "Crossing", named a 2001 Best Book by "Publishers Weekly".He is best known for his books with Kate di Camillo, "The Miraculous Journey ofEdward Tulane", and "Great Joy". Bagram lives in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania.