She is a cute little creature that came alive by coming out of a seed.
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There was once a woman who wanted to have quite a tiny, little child, but she did not know where to get one from. So one day she went to an old Witch and said to her: Put it in a flower-pot, and then you will see something happen.
Then she went home and planted the barley-corn; immediately there grew out of it a large and beautiful flower, which looked like a tulip, but the petals were tightly closed as if it were still only a bud.
It was a real tulip, such as one can see any day; but in the middle of the blossom, on the green velvety petals, sat a little girl, quite tiny, trim, and pretty.
She was scarcely half a thumb in height; so they called her Thumbelina. An elegant polished walnut-shell served Thumbelina as a Book report of thumbelina, the blue petals of a violet were her mattress, and a rose-leaf her coverlid.
There she lay at night, but in the day-time she used to play about on the table; here the woman had put a bowl, surrounded by a ring of flowers, with their stalks in water, in the middle of which floated a great tulip pedal, and on this Thumbelina sat, and sailed from one side of the bowl to the other, rowing herself with two white horse-hairs for oars.
It was such a pretty sight! She could sing, too, with a voice more soft and sweet than had ever been heard before. One night, when she was lying in her pretty little bed, an old toad crept in through a broken pane in the window. She was very ugly, clumsy, and clammy; she hopped on to the table where Thumbelina lay asleep under the red rose-leaf.
There flowed a great wide stream, with slippery and marshy banks; here the toad lived with her son. We will put her at once on a broad water-lily leaf in the stream. That will be quite an island for her; she is so small and light. The leaf farthest away was the largest, and to this the old toad swam with Thumbelina in her walnut-shell.
The tiny Thumbelina woke up very early in the morning, and when she saw where she was she began to cry bitterly; for on every side of the great green leaf was water, and she could not get to the land.
The old toad was down under the marsh, decorating her room with rushes and yellow marigold leaves, to make it very grand for her new daughter-in-law; then she swam out with her ugly son to the leaf where Thumbelina lay.
She wanted to fetch the pretty cradle to put it into her room before Thumbelina herself came there. The old toad bowed low in the water before her, and said: Then they took the neat little cradle and swam away with it; but Thumbelina sat alone on the great green leaf and wept, for she did not want to live with the clammy toad, or marry her ugly son.
The little fishes swimming about under the water had seen the toad quite plainly, and heard what she had said; so they put up their heads to see the little girl.
When they saw her, they thought her so pretty that they were very sorry she should go down with the ugly toad to live. No; that must not happen. They assembled in the water round the green stalk which supported the leaf on which she was sitting, and nibbled the stem in two. Away floated the leaf down the stream, bearing Thumbelina far beyond the reach of the toad.
A beautiful little white butterfly fluttered above her, and at last settled on the leaf. Thumbelina pleased him, and she, too, was delighted, for now the toads could not reach her, and it was so beautiful where she was traveling; the sun shone on the water and made it sparkle like the brightest silver.The Paperback of the Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen at Barnes & Noble.
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Date of Birth: April 2, 5/5(4). “Thumbelina” is no ordinary girl. She is a cute little creature that came alive by coming out of a seed.
She was special and her story starts with a woman that could not have any children. Once upon a time a woman couldn’t stay pregnant and she was very sad about that. Everything changed on the day she welcomed an old lady into her home.
Thumbelina is no ordinary girl. She is a cute little creature that came alive by coming out of a seed. Her story starts with a woman that couldn't have children. Apr 07, · Exquisite watercolors bring magic to this classic story.
Read Common Sense Media's Sylvia Long's Thumbelina review, age rating, and parents guide.5/5. There, he tells Thumbelina's story to a man who is implied to be Andersen himself, who chronicles the story in a book.
Background. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark on 2 April to Hans Andersen, a shoemaker, and Author: Hans Christian Andersen. Apr 07, · Parents need to know that this retelling of the classic Thumbelina story stays fairly close to the original version.
It may be a bit scary for younger readers when Thumbelina is kidnapped or a bird appears injured or dead, but all ends well.5/5.