Thumbelina of Toulaba
Publication Date: October 2007
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A retelling of one of Hans Christian Andersen's most enduring fairytales--Thumbelina--set in Toulaba.
Daniel Picouly was born in a suburb of Paris. He is the author of a dozen books for which he has received many awards. As the child of an urban environment, he likes to remember the key role that libraries and librarians played in introducing him to books. Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure d'Art graphique in Paris he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has done numerous illustrations for newspapers and magazines and has illustrated over 50 books for children.
This retelling should be hailed for its positive depiction of a beautiful, heroic brown-skinned little girl. The metaphorical language, symbolism, and whimsy should appeal to many different readers on many different levels.” Multicultural Review
Highly recommended.” Assn. Region XI School Librarians, Ft. Worth, TX
This re-invention set against the background of Martinique is startling in beauty and mystery.... There is a fierce bravery in every brushstroke, and an explosive, expressive abandon of the conventions of the color wheel. The garden has taken over, and all we can say is: wow." planetesme.blogspot.com
This would be a great selection to read aloud.” NE Maine Library District, Bangor, ME
Tallec’s bold, stylized illustrations reflect the exotic feel of the text.” School Library Journal