An Leysen’s breathtaking and magical retelling of the classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen!
Once upon a time, there was a woman who desperately wanted a child. One day, a good witch passed her house and gave her a flower seed. The woman planted the seed and took good care of it. Before long, two little eyes curiously stared at her between the petals. Inside the flower was a tiny girl! The woman named her Thumbelina. It soon became clear that Thumbelina was a very brave little girl.
In this magical picture book, An Leysen retells the classic fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen. For children ages 5 and up and anyone who loves enchanting fairy tales.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
First off, I’m a huge fan of anything related to Hans Christian Andersen. The stories that he created truly transcend way beyond his time. They, at least to me, always have a life lesson in them and even though they usually end on a more sad note, they still stick in your memory years later. I love fairy tales, as a kid and even now and probably will when I’m in my late years. So, when I saw a re-make of one of his famous stories, I simply had to read it.
Now, overall I liked it. There are great characters, plot and you simply get a nice feeling when reading this story. But since this book is meant for ages 5 and up, I’m not so sure how they’d like the font. To me, it was too small and children usually like bigger and more simpler fonts. So you could say that I wasn’t a big fan of the authors choice in regards to that. Also, and some might call me a picky reader, there were times when I wished for a better execution of the art. Again, overall it’s great, but in some pages I wished for a better detail (especially with eyes). I know that the children won’t mind it…but I do…
Now, the fact that this time around the main character is a girl and not a boy is a nice change. I enjoyed that. And I also liked the ending. You could say that it’s a nice re-make. But for me Hans Christian Andersen is Hans Christian Andersen. And he’s one of the greatest fairy tale writers that I know of. So while I might’ve enjoyed this story, I’d still prefer one of his originals.