Thumbelina

Publisher:  FELISSIMO,   2001

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 1 (Thumbelina Title), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 2 (It was a real tulip, such as one can see any day; but in the middle of the blossom, on the green velvety petals, sat a little girl, quite tiny, trim, and pretty. ), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 3 (There she lay at night, but in the day-time she used to play about on the table; here the woman had put a bowl, surrounded by a ring of flowers, with their stalks in water, in the middle of which floated a great tulip pedal, and on this Thumbelina sat, and sailed from one side of the bowl to the other, rowing herself with two white horse-hairs for oars.), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 4 (The old toad bowed low in the water before her, and said: ‘Here is my son; you shall marry him, and live in great magnificence down under the marsh.’), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 5 (Then they took the neat little cradle and swam away with it; but Thumbelina sat alone on the great green leaf and wept, for she did not want to live with the clammy toad, or marry her ugly son.), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 6 (Later on, all the other cockchafers who lived in the same tree came to pay calls; they examined Thumbelina closely, and remarked,), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 7 (She plaited a bed for herself of blades of grass, and hung it up under a clover-leaf, so that she was protected from the rain;), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 8 (Poor little Thumbelina went up to the door and begged for a little piece of barley, for she had not had anything to eat for the last two days.), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 9 (He came and paid them a visit in his black-velvet coat.), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 10 (Thumbelina did not say anything; but when the other two had passed on she bent down to the bird, brushed aside the feathers from his head, and kissed his closed eyes gently.), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 11 (‘Farewell, dear good little girl!’ said the swallow, and flew off into the sunshine. Thumbelina gazed after him with the tears standing in her eyes, for she was very fond of the swallow. ), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 12 (Thumbelina had to spin all day long,), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 13 (‘Tweet, tweet!’ sounded in her ear all at once. She looked up. There was the swallow flying past!), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 14 (‘Yes, I will go with you,’ said Thumbelina, and got on the swallow’s back, with her feet on one of his outstretched wings.), 1908

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953)

PLATE 15 (So he took his golden crown from off his head and put it on hers, asking her her name, and if she would be his wife, and then she would be Queen of all the flowers.), 1908



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