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Monday, May 17, 2010

Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen

As a youth, I was captivated by the fanciful fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. The thick, hardcover book took me to magical places and I read it until the cover was worn and the pages tattered. It has been 205 years since his birth, and still, Andersen's tales are timeless. Suffering from a life of sadness, dyslexia and unrequited love, Andersen crafted some of the most endearing fairy tales ever written.

Thumbelina, written in 1835 and one of his early works, tells the tale of a tiny girl who emerges from a flower and travels through perilous adventures to end up meeting her flower fairy prince and living happily ever after. Does it get any better than this?

This version of Thumbelina is a Little Golden Book illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, the chief illustrator for the Walt Disney Company in the 1930s. Every page is filled with his bright and fanciful visions and carries you off to that perfect place of make believe.

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