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Thumbelina [Anglais] [Relié]

Hans Christian Andersen , Lin Utzon

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"Thumbelina" (Danish: Tommelise) is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen first published by C. A. Reitzel on 16 December 1835 in Copenhagen, Denmark with "The Naughty Boy" and "The Traveling Companion" in the second installment of Fairy Tales Told for Children. "Thumbelina" is about a tiny girl and her adventures with appearance- and marriage-minded toads, moles, and cockchafers. She successfully avoids their intentions before falling in love with a flower-fairy prince just her size. "Thumbelina" is chiefly Andersen's invention, though he did take inspiration from tales of miniature people such as "Tom Thumb". "Thumbelina" was published as one of a series of seven fairy tales in 1835 which were not well received by the Danish critics who disliked their informal style and their lack of morals. One critic, however, applauded "Thumbelina". The earliest English translation of "Thumbelina" is dated 1846. The tale has been adapted to various media including song and animated film. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark on 2 April 1805 to Hans Andersen, a shoemaker, and Anne Marie Andersdatter. An only and a spoiled child, Andersen shared a love of literature with his father who read him The Arabian Nights and the fables of Jean de la Fontaine. Together, they constructed panoramas, pop-up pictures, and toy theatres, and took long jaunts into the countryside. Andersen's father died in 1816, and from then on, Andersen was left to his own devices. In order to escape his poor, illiterate mother, he promoted his artistic inclinations and courted the cultured middle class of Odense, singing and reciting in their drawing-rooms. On 4 September 1819, the fourteen-year-old Andersen left Odense for Copenhagen with the few savings he had acquired from his performances, a letter of reference to the ballerina Madame Schall, and youthful dreams and intentions of becoming a poet or an actor. After three years of rejections and disappointments, he finally found a patron in Jonas Collin, the director of the Royal Theatre, who, believing in the boy's potential, secured funds from the king to send Andersen to a grammar school in Slagelse, a provincial town in west Zealand, with the expectation that the boy would continue his education at Copenhagen University at the appropriate time. At Slagelse, Andersen fell under the tutelage of Simon Meisling, a short, stout, balding thirty-five-year-old classicist and translator of Virgil's Aeneid. Andersen was not the quickest student in the class and was given generous doses of Meisling's contempt. "You're a stupid boy who will never make it," Meisling told him. Meisling is believed to be the model for the learned mole in "Thumbelina". Fairy tale and folklorists Iona and Peter Opie have proposed the tale as a "distant tribute" to Andersen's confidante, Henriette Wulff, the small, frail, hunchbacked daughter of the Danish translator of Shakespeare who loved Andersen as Thumbelina loves the swallow; however, no written evidence exists to support the theory. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Little Gem 29 novembre 2001
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The familiar Hans Christian Andersen story of Thumbelina has received the royal treatment from Susan Jeffers. Her large, lovely pictures make this seem like you are stepping into the story for the first time. Thumbelina is so dainty and sweet that it's no wonder the toad wishes to marry her but poor Thumbelina has a harrowing time escaping from her warty suitor. Share a trumpet vine blossom with Thumbelina, a pair of hummingbirds and a fat bumble bee or take a ride with her on the back of a gallant swallow. This whole story is enchanting from start to finish and the pictures are a delight!
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Thumbelina 27 juillet 2013
Par Charlie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Loved the Illustrations HOWEVER I feel I did not receive the entire book It starts with "one night a large frog hopped through the window" what happened to the beginning of the story?
1.0 étoiles sur 5 missing the first pages of he book! 7 juin 2013
Par DebRT - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Bought this story for my daughter but the first pages of the story have been omitted. I am definitely going to ask for a refund, even if it was only 99 cents.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovely book 16 septembre 2012
Par Caroline's Mommy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
The illustrations are beautiful and the story engaging. We read this often to our 5 year old daughter as a bedtime story.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 BEAUTFUL Illustrations - beautiful story 3 septembre 2008
Par silky69 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I collect children's books and this one stands out for it's beautiful illustrations illustrated by MToril Maro Henrichsen. It comes from a Scandinavian Publisher. The illustrations seem to be done in pen and colored ink.

At the end of the story, there is an educational page for parents and teachers to help take the story and discuss it with children and explain the meaning. Example: "when your life seems not to go like you want it, how do you react?"

This book is one you will want to keep for the beautiful artwork. There are many stories about THumbelina, but this one stands out for it's beautiful illustrations.
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