Sylvia Long's Thumbelina
By Sylvia Long (Illustrator)
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811855228)
Publication Date: March 2010
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From best-selling artist Sylvia Long comes an exquisite version of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved tale about a thumb-size girl and her larger-than-life adventures. Jewel-toned paintings depict the story's settingsfrom light and airy meadows to Mole's dark and dismal underground homewhile whimsical details bring the classic cast of characters to life and make this storytime favorite a visual feast.
Sylvia Long is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including Sylvia Long's Mother Goose and An Egg Is Quiet. Her detailed paintings are inspired by her love of animals and the outdoors. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The illustrator has made a lush and vivid world for her Thumbelina to inhabit.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Long is best known for illustrating the spectacularly beautiful picture book An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston. Her watercolors bring out the wonder of the natural world with an almost emotional intensity. Several spreads in her Thumbelina are vertical, requiring children to turn them to get a proper look, emphasizing that the book is as much a beautiful object as a story to get lost in.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"...[C]hildren girls in particular will undoubtedly delight in the happy ending where a gatefold reveals the flower-filled wedding of Thumbelina and her prince."
A jewel box of a work whose pages invite lingering.