An Leysen's breathtaking and magical retelling of the classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen!
Once upon a time, there was a woman who desperately wanted a child. One day, a good witch passed her house and gave her a flower seed. The woman planted the seed and took good care of it. Before long, two little eyes curiously stared at her between the petals. Inside the flower was a tiny girl! The woman named her Thumbelina. It soon became clear that Thumbelina was a very brave little girl.
In this magical picture book, An Leysen retells the classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen. For children ages 5 and up and anyone who loves enchanting fairy tales.
“Breathtaking and magical.” — Children’s and Teen Book ConnectionPRAISE for An Leysen's other work BABA YAGA:"Leyson, whose previous retellings include The Nutcracker and Pinocchio's Dream, recounts the legend of the witch Baba Yaga through dramatic text and richly textured mixed-media illustrations....The larger-than-life artwork should make for shivery read -alouds on the way to the story's happy ending." -Publishers Weekly"The illustrations in this book are wonderful. They make the story seem magical and Olga is such a beautiful little girl. A great book when studying fairytales, especially if looking at ones from various cultures and lands. I would recommend this book to public, school and class libraries." --Carla Johnson-Hicks, Primary school educator"Just scary enough without going too far for little ones. I highly recommend this book for a wonderful story time!" --Jen Trower, Librarian, Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach"One of the wonderful things about fairytale retellings is the way they each feel unique. While Leysen sticks to a fairly traditional retelling, the illusrations are lovely and have a dreamy quality that keep the book from feeling as scary as it could be." --Shawna Herron, Columbia City Community Library"The illustrations are are absolutely fabulous and the book is worth reading just for those alone." --Jessica Gerdes, Yellowstone Library"Charming Illustrations and a story that's suitable for kids." --Kelly Garbato, Vegan Daemon"Absolutely beautiful. The illustrations, font choice, placement on the page, use of space, etc., are perfect. The story itself is also superb, and will be filed away in children's minds. I am very much looking forward to using this in a storytime setting. A beautiful retelling of a classic Slavic folktale; highly recommended for read alouds, one-on-one storytime, and independent reading." --Jessica Rodrigues, Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library"A wonderful addition to a classroom unit of fairytales and legends, or just for sharing. I think the illustrations are what really sold it to me, with their soft ethereal feel. A delightful book for sharing a fairy tale that some might not be familiar with." -Sharon Tyler, Cheshire Public Library, Sharon the Librarian blog"Wonderful story and gorgeous illustrations!" -As the Page Turns blog"An astounding recreation with a touch of modernity given to a classic Russian folklore, this book is absolutely breathtaking! Having read some lovely Russian myth-tales as a kid Im always on the hunt for some good new publications for my kids, but rarely find anything fresh.And this one is one of those; a simplified version without twists written in clear prose and rhyme. Its anime inspired and beautiful, soft pastel shaded illustrations may make you pause at every page turn. Kids will return to this-one again and again!!" -Picks and Reads for Kids blog