by Elsa Beskow
Tiny Thumbelina asleep in her walnut-shell bed helps the imagination embark on a fairy tale adventure full of lots of little and big things! Children will be drawn into Beskow’s water colors which appear on the left hand side of each page. Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale finds Thumbelina in many different predicaments, some serene, some scary. Befriended by many animals she seems to always try to do the right thing. The story of how Thumbelina receives her favorite gift---a pair of wings--- and how she met the King “which is far better than the slimy toad, the May bug, and the mole”---is just plain enchanting!
Note: This picture book of Elsa Beskow’s was first published in Sweden in 1908. She illustrated eight different collections of fairy tales and admits she is a nature lover. She wrote and illustrated 33 other children’s books, including an ABC book and a songbook for schools in Sweden. An award was created in Sweden in 1938 “The Elsa Beskow Award” to recognize the year’s best Swedish picture book illustrator.
You love fairy tales and I know you especially like this one. This summer when you come to visit we will find some walnut shells and make a little bed for your little Thumbelina! Then we will put her in the fairy garden! This book has beautiful illustrations. Which one is your favorite?
Love, Grandma Kathy
Gift with: a watercolor paint set, small easel, white lily, or walnut shells.
Gift to: a child who loves fairy tales, someone with Swedish ancestry, or a child who loves making fairy gardens in the summer.
Occasion: birthday or summer visits with relatives.