Monday, May 26, 2008

Enchanting Review: Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride

Children's Fiction
Schwartz and Wade
ISBN 978-0-375-83960-3
160 Pages
Hardcover - Available May 13, 2008

Rating: 4 Enchantments

In this sweet tale, we learn the true story of Thumbelina, which is not quite the same version that Hans Christian Anderson told more than a hundred and fifty years ago.

Oh no, you see, Thumbelina's story is more adventurous than originally believed. From how her mother went to the witch to get the seed from which she grew to when she was kidnapped by a horrible mother toad who wants Thumbelina to marry her son, not to mention when she finally escapes that, only to find herself living with a mouse and entertaining Mr. Mole, who surprises both the mouse and Thumbelina by proposing marriage to our heroine.

I really enjoyed THUMBELINA, TINY RUNAWAY BRIDE. It's a fast moving, well done story with a great dose of humor that everyone will enjoy. I especially loved the descriptions of Thumbelina seeing her new world, even while she's been spirited away by the mama toad. The illustrations, simple black silhouettes, added a nice touch to the story.

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YA Director
Enchanting Reviews
May 2008

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