|Sylvia Long (Chronicle, 2011)|
Andersen's story was first published in Denmark (naturally) in 1835, with the original Danish title, Tommelise. Below is an 1837 edition of Eventyr, fortalte for Børn, in which Tommelise appeared:
Here's a slightly more recent version:
|Tommelise (Tiden, 1967)|
And there are hundreds of other covers, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I've gathered a few of each below, with brief commentary.
Interesting backdrop for this easy reader:
But then there's this. The cover says this book is meant for "Creative Character Building." I suppose that's true if the character you hope to build is lonely and sullen:
Graphically interesting version below, but a silhouette doesn't really bring out that Thumbelina charm, does it?
What is she staring at?
Another early reader version:
In French, pouce means "thumb," so this is the little female thumb girl, La Poucette:
Interesting, but not particularly pretty:
Too cute. No, really. This is sickeningly cute:
Um. Wow, a comic book. So true to the original tale [sarcasm]:
The thought that this (below) may become some child's introduction to Thumbelina gives me a sick headache:
Do you remember what image graced the cover of your childhood Thumbelina?
P.S. Sorry about the silly title for this post~CB