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Thumbelina coloring pages


Thumbelina coloring pages

“Thumbelina” (Danish: “Tommelise”) is a fairy tale by the Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). The tale was published about melanie and her grade with two others by Andersen in an inexpensive booklet by C.A. Reitzel on 16 December 1835 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Like the English folk tale “Tom Thumb” and similar tales, “Thumbelina” tells the story of a tiny human being and appears to be Andersen’s complete invention. Andersen’s seven fairy tales of 1835 were not well received by the Danish critics who disliked their casual, chatty style and their lack of morals. The earliest English translation is dated 1846. The tale has been adapted to various media including animated film.

When the story opens, a woman receives a magic seed from a crone. Once planted, a tiny girl emerges from its flower. The woman names the child Thumbelina. One night, Thumbelina is asleep in her walnut-shell cradle and is carried off by a toad who wants the miniature girl as a daughter-in-law. Thumbelina escapes the toad and her son, and drifts on a lily pad until becoming the captive of a beetle. The beetle discards her when his friends reject her company. Thumbelina tries to protect herself from the elements but when winter comes she is in desperate straits. She is finally given shelter by a field mouse and tends the mouse’s home in return. The mouse suggests Thumbelina marry her neighbor, a mole. Thumbelina finds the prospect of being married to a mole unattractive and escapes the situation by fleeing to a far land with a swallow she nursed back to health during the winter. In a field of flowers, Thumbelina meets a fairy prince just her size and they wed. Thumbelina receives a pair of wings to accompany her husband on his travels from flower to flower.

Thumbelina is a 1994 animated film directed by Don Bluth, released by Warner Bros. and starring the voice talents of Jodi Benson, Will Ryan, Barbara Cook, Gino Conforti and Gilbert Gottfried. The story is based on the Thumbelina fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. The film was released theatrically on March 30, 1994.

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