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Gerta has always wanted a child. One day she finds a little girl in the petals of a magical flower - Thumbelina. The girl's tiny size puts her in harms way and soon she is lost in the forest. Gerta has always wanted a child. One day she finds a little girl in the petals of a magical flower - Thumbelina. The girl's tiny size puts her in harms way and soon she is lost in the forest.


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Gerta has always wanted a child. One day she finds a little girl in the petals of a magical flower - Thumbelina. The girl's tiny size puts her in harms way and soon she is lost in the forest. Gerta has always wanted a child. One day she finds a little girl in the petals of a magical flower - Thumbelina. The girl's tiny size puts her in harms way and soon she is lost in the forest.

30 review for Thumbelina: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    avery walker

    This book is a graphic novel and might be a little bit more dark to younger children with the pictures. Thumbelina was lost and a long way from home but she never forgot where she came from and who raised her. This is important because as we grow up and start finding our own way we still have to remember our roots and values and where we came from. I wondered why all of the little animals she met along the way getting back home wanted to marry her, and why the motif of marriage was pushed so hea This book is a graphic novel and might be a little bit more dark to younger children with the pictures. Thumbelina was lost and a long way from home but she never forgot where she came from and who raised her. This is important because as we grow up and start finding our own way we still have to remember our roots and values and where we came from. I wondered why all of the little animals she met along the way getting back home wanted to marry her, and why the motif of marriage was pushed so heavily. I was surprised at how quickly thumbelina got married to the fairy prince, there were a lot of reasons why she didn't want to marry the animals but there was no reason for her to marry the prince. I liked this book i think it is an interesting story and that thumbelina is a good role model with her wanting to pay the mouse back for letting her stay at her house and that she places a lot of importance on her relationship with her mother. I would not read this with younger kids though, because I think those messages would be lost.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I started to include this one. Really liked the graphic art but couldn't find a decent review so it is on my book shelf but I didn't review it for this assignment. Only books with filled in stars on my book shelf have been included for this class. Thanks, Cheryl I started to include this one. Really liked the graphic art but couldn't find a decent review so it is on my book shelf but I didn't review it for this assignment. Only books with filled in stars on my book shelf have been included for this class. Thanks, Cheryl

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jay (UntoldMy5tery)

    Good

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sofia & Mama

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a girl born from a flower. Her name was Thumbelina. Her name was Thumbelina because she was as big as a thumb. However a toad took her away and a fish ate the lily pads stems. She found a burrow. When she went inside she saw a mouse. The mouse asked her to marry the mole. Even though she didn’t want to she had to do it. Then she found a bird. She asked the bird if she could fly with it. So the bird said yes.Then she married a tiny person like her. ~SJ~

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Fairly true to the original story. This graphic novel has book discussion questions and writing prompts at the end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lionheart

    Rated 2 1/2 stars Ages 11+

  7. 5 out of 5

    Betsabe Gomez

    i think its a good book just that its too short.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daizy

    I thought it was cute. The drawings and coloring are nice, plus the epic ending where she ends up back with her mom after that wild journey.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia MR

    This story is about a woman named Greta that wanted a baby so she went to a woman that granted miracles to people for a few pennies. It took her some years, but Greta saved the coins she needed and went to visit the old woman. The old woman gave her a magic seed in a flowerpot and in a few moments, the plant began to grow. She called the flower Thumbelina. During the night, a toad came and kidnapped Thumbelina because he wanted her to marry her son. Thumbelina was sad but with the help of a catf This story is about a woman named Greta that wanted a baby so she went to a woman that granted miracles to people for a few pennies. It took her some years, but Greta saved the coins she needed and went to visit the old woman. The old woman gave her a magic seed in a flowerpot and in a few moments, the plant began to grow. She called the flower Thumbelina. During the night, a toad came and kidnapped Thumbelina because he wanted her to marry her son. Thumbelina was sad but with the help of a catfish and butterfly, she managed to escape. She was determined to get back home to her mother, Greta. Winter came and Thumbelina had to get help from the Field Mouse. Everything was fine until Mr. Mole heard Thumbelina and wanted to marry her. On her way to the Moles's hole, they came across a songbird who was lost and hurt. Thumbelina covered the songbird and he told her that he wouldn't forget her for helping him. Some time later the songbird came and rescued Thumbelina escape. They made it to a castle's garden. She met a prince of the fairies. He asked her to marry him and granted her a wish. Of course, she wished to be reunited with her mother. The garden they were in turned out to be Greta's garden. This book can be incorporated in the classroom by

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alea

    Thumbelina is a fairy tale that is a bit lesser known to me so I was excited to take a peek at it. The book starts off with a cast of characters, giving you your first hint at the beautiful illustrations to come. They are very quirky and colorful, just what I like! The illustrations range from tiny details to almost scribbles. The story follows Thumbelina's journey back to her mother Gerta after she is plucked from her home while sleeping but a toad! She meets a variety of other animals in the fo Thumbelina is a fairy tale that is a bit lesser known to me so I was excited to take a peek at it. The book starts off with a cast of characters, giving you your first hint at the beautiful illustrations to come. They are very quirky and colorful, just what I like! The illustrations range from tiny details to almost scribbles. The story follows Thumbelina's journey back to her mother Gerta after she is plucked from her home while sleeping but a toad! She meets a variety of other animals in the forest including a mouse, mole and song bird. Stylistically this is a great graphic novel and I only wish it had been longer. Definitely makes me want to search out illustrator, Sarah Horne's work. Like The Princess and the Pea, Thumbelina comes with a glossary, about the author, about the retelling author and illustrator, discussion questions, and writing prompts. It's laid on in an easy to follow format with a reading level of 2.4 or guiding reading level of L.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meltha

    This wasn't a bad retelling for younger children, and I appreciated the extra bits like the glossary, discussion questions, and bio of Andersen, but the purist in me wasn't happy about some of the deletions and additions in this. The old woman at the beginning in Andersen's version is a witch, pure and simple, and she takes 12 golden pennies for the flower, not returns them. The mother having a name (from one of Andersen's other works, of course) actually worked fairly fine, and I freely admit i This wasn't a bad retelling for younger children, and I appreciated the extra bits like the glossary, discussion questions, and bio of Andersen, but the purist in me wasn't happy about some of the deletions and additions in this. The old woman at the beginning in Andersen's version is a witch, pure and simple, and she takes 12 golden pennies for the flower, not returns them. The mother having a name (from one of Andersen's other works, of course) actually worked fairly fine, and I freely admit it always bothered me Thumbelina never found her mother again, but I'm honestly not even sure what does happen at the end here. She appears to have some sort of fairy tale version of Skype with her here. The illustrations reminded me strongly of Nickelodeon shows from the 1990s for some reason. It was fine, but somehow it didn't feel as magical as the original.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Timilyn

    It has been a while since I've read the story of Thumbelina. This graphic version was a good re-introduction to the story. Thumbelina is kidnapped & helpless to save herself from many a dangerous situation, including some awkward arranged marriages. This reading encourages me to look at more fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson. Also, I think maybe I could draw like that. It has been a while since I've read the story of Thumbelina. This graphic version was a good re-introduction to the story. Thumbelina is kidnapped & helpless to save herself from many a dangerous situation, including some awkward arranged marriages. This reading encourages me to look at more fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson. Also, I think maybe I could draw like that.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Adams

    A great new medium to retell a classic fairy tale. The story is told very simply, ensuring that there aren't really scary parts. It includes a glossary, a cast of characters, information about the authors and illustrators, and prompt questions. A great new medium to retell a classic fairy tale. The story is told very simply, ensuring that there aren't really scary parts. It includes a glossary, a cast of characters, information about the authors and illustrators, and prompt questions.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yi

    One of my favourite fairy tales when I was little. This little volume was greatly loved by my daughter (5 at the time). The illustrations were rather different, but wonderful nevertheless.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathee

    Very cute version, loved the illustrations.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heydi Smith

    I realized after reading this book that is never actually read a Thumbelina story until now. This one is great! I found it odd that everyone wants to instantly marry her but whatevs.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dolores

    Nice graphic retelling of Thumbelina.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laine (^x^)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Misty

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nela Bauman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Georgette Quinn

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaylee

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paulchen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Ruth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro

    This book is a good fairy tale its short but i kept on reading because it tells good story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beth Bauman

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