Thumbelina - a small creature arisen in a flower, well known to all of us adults. It is time to let her be known to our children.
Old-fashioned illustrations harmoniously emphasize fairy-tale character of the book. Dear Parent, please make a pace backwards to the times when everything was magic, and share it with your child.
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M Y F A I R Y TALES
Cover and illustrations: Ewa Beniak-Haremska
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Hans Christian Andersen
Born in Odense, April 2nd, 1805, Danish writer and poet.
When he was 11 years old, his father died. When mother remarried
he’d left for Copenhagen – intended to start career as an actor. For
two years has frequented a ballet school. Performed also as singer,
but lost his voice clarity due to its breaking. In 1822 he was endowed
with a royal grant that let him travel and develop his interests. In the
same year he encountered a writers debut – his first storybook „The
Youthful Attempts”. In 1829 made his debut as drama author, but
with no big success. The first book of tales he’d published in 1835.
Had been publishing them successfully for next 40 years.
Hans Christian Andersen died in August 4th, 1875 in Rolighed
– 3 –
HERE was once a woman who wished very much to have a little
child, but she could not obtain her wish. At last she went to a fairy,
and said, “I should so very much like to have a little child; can you
tell me where I can find one?”
– 4 –
“Oh, that can be easily managed,” said the fairy. “Here is a
barleycorn of a different kind to those which grow in the farmer’s
fields, and which the chickens eat; put it into a flower-pot, and see
what will happen.”
“Thank you,” said the woman, and she gave the fairy twelve
shillings, which was the price of the barleycorn.
– 5 –
Then she went home and planted it, and immediately there grew
up a large handsome flower, something like a tulip in appearance,
but with its leaves tightly closed as if it were still a bud. “It is a beautiful
flower,” said the woman, and she kissed the red and golden-colored
leaves, and while she did so the flower opened, and she could see that
it was a real tulip. Within the flower, upon the green velvet stamens,
sat a very delicate and graceful little maiden. She was scarcely half
as long as a thumb, and they gave her the name of “Thumbelina”,
or Tiny, because she was so small.
– 6 –
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