"Once there was a woman who longed to have a little child, but she didn't know where to get one. At last she went to a fairy and said, 'I would so very much like to have a little child. Can you tell me where I can find one?'"
"'O yes, that can be easily done,' said the fairy. 'Here, take this barleycorn. It is different from those that grow in the farmers' fields and that the chickens eat. Put it into a flower pot, and see what will happen.'"
Thumbelina is so tiny, she can ride on the wings of a butterfly. Her world is one of flower petals, wild berries, and ladybugs. She is no larger than your thumb. So great is her beauty, she captivates all who encounter her.
Nevertheless, her life is in peril. Kidnapped by a frog and stranded on a lily pad, she doesn't know who will save her. Will it be the fish, the butterfly, or the beetle? If she escapes, will she be doomed to marry the mole and spend the rest of her life in the cold, dark ground below?
The Enchantmints Studio edition presents this timeless, cherished story by Han Christian Andersen with engaging illustrations by Hsin-Shih Lai.
Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) was a Danish author and poet best known for his fairy tales. Among his most well known stories are "The Snow Queen", "The Little Mermaid", "The Emperor's New Clothes", and "The Ugly Duckling". During Andersen's lifetime, he was feted by Royalty and acclaimed for bringing joy to children throughout Europe. His fairy tales have been translated into more than a hundred languages and continue to be published in millions of copies all over the world.
Hsin-Shih Lai was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Her mother loved all the arts and sent Hsin-Shih to a painting and drawing teacher when she was 4 years old. Since then, Hsin-Shih has not stopped painting. She went on to study painting and industrial design at the National Taiwan Academy of Art. After working for a while as a freelance illustrator, she met Anthroposophy and, in 1999, moved to the U.S., where she ompleted her eurythmy training in 2004. Hsin-Shih now lives in Spring Valley, New York, and works as an illustrator and performs with the Eurythmy Spring Valley touring group.