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Sylvia Long's Thumbelina

4/5 (14 peringkat)
36 pages
13 minutes
Jul 30, 2013


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 settings from 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.
Jul 30, 2013

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Sylvia Long is the illustrator of many bestselling books for children, including the beloved An Egg Is Quiet series written by Dianna Hutts Aston. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Sylvia Long's Thumbelina - Sylvia Long

Copyright © 2010 by Sylvia Long.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.

ISBN 978-1-4521-2862-7

The Library of Congress has cataloged the previous edition as follows:

Long, Sylvia.

Sylvia Long’s Thumbelina.

p. cm.

Summary: A tiny girl no bigger than a thumb is stolen by a great ugly toad and subsequently has many

adventures and makes many animal friends, before finding the perfect mate in a warm and beautiful southern land.

ISBN 978-0-8118-5522-8

[1. Fairy tales.] I. Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805–1875. Tommelise. English. II. Title. III. Title: Thumbelina.

PZ8.L854Syl 2010




Book design by Sara Gillingham.

Typeset in Felina Serif and Bodoni Classic Swashes.

The illustrations in this book were rendered in watercolor and ink.

Chronicle Books LLC, 680

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  • (4/5)
    Summary: This children's book is about a small thumb-sized girl named Thumbelina who was created in the center of a rose for a woman who could not have children. She was taken away from her home to marry a young toad but was unhappy and eventually escaped. Then she lived on her own in a garden until winter came and a kind mouse took her in. She lived with the mouse and was to marry her neighbor, the mole. In the molehole she comes across an injured swallow whom she nurses back to health. When cured, the swallow takes Thumbelina away from the unhappy place and to a beautiful garden where she meets her prince and lives happily ever after. Argument: I think this a good traditional story for children to read. I enjoyed the element of nature in this book. Every page had to do with flowers, gardens, animals or insects. The setting took place in many aspects of nature. This not only creates an intriguing story but it teaches children about the environment. It teaches them about the parts of a plant, the habitats animals live in, the seasons, and even the elements of a garden. This book allows children to take a tour through nature with Thumbelina and her adventures. The second element of this book I enjoyed was the descriptive language. Every sentence allowed me to create mental images in my mind of Thumbelina's story. This helps children comprehend the book and connect the illustrations to the text. For example, on page 26 it says, "Long vines of purple, green, and white grapes climbed dazzling marble pillars and the air was fragrant with honeysuckle and gardenias". The last element I liked about this book was the format of the pages. Some pages you read left to right and some you had to flip the book upside down and read top to bottom. This engages the reader and adds a little element of surprise and fun to the story. I liked how when the pages were flipped the illustrations were of long beautiful flowers that needed to be shown lengthwise. The main idea of this book was to treat others the way you wanted to be treated and they would do the same for you. Thumbelina took care of the swallow and in the end the swallow came back to rescue her from the mole. I also think an underlying theme was to address many aspects of nature and teach children about different plants, animals, and habitats.
  • (4/5)
    It's a shame the cover art isn't yet available on LibraryThing because the illustrations are the reason to read this book. It is beautifully written in a classic fairy tale style, but I read more from the pictures than I did from the words. The bright colors and flowing lines were enchanting.