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4.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 54.08 out of 5 4.08 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Christian Andersen Narrator: Tamsin Greig, Ursula Anderman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781455196081
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A poor peasant woman wishes for a child. But when a sorceress gives her a brown bulb, it grows a flower—and inside is tiny, perfect Thumbelina! A magical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, read by Tamsin Greig. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♥KRiSTiN3♥ | 2/15/2014

    " One of my favorite fantasies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Risma Naomi | 1/27/2014

    " I miss Thumbelina. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Carroll | 1/25/2014

    " Again, I have yet to be disappointed by any of the retelling of these classic fables. This version of Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina by Brian Anderson. The watercolor pictures in this book are lovely and filled with rich colors of yellows, reds, and greens. This book is simple enough for the youngest child and also clever enough for older children because it introduces various words, such as, obstoprolous. These classic fables are timeless and if I, a 34 year old mom can enjoy them, then boys and girls of all ages can enjoy these fables. The adventures that Thumbelina encounters are so fun and you imagine yourself taking the same journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Blahak | 1/22/2014

    " This story of Thumbelina is well written and the pictures are very vibrant and intreguing. This story is about a small girl who gets kidnapped and is now trying to find her place in this huge world. I think that this is a good story to read to a 4th or 5th grade class, maybe 3rd grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laina | 1/19/2014

    " I've always loved Thumbelina, and I was very happy to find that the movie is actually relatively close to the original story. That's surprising. Seriously, though, I love this story (once again) because of the unforgettable characters, great imagination, and overall beauty in his simple descriptions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shahmeer Baweja | 1/11/2014

    " I read this a book a long time ago!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/9/2014

    " The illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline in this adapation of Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina were just beautiful, which is really what made this adaptation by Brian Alderson special, I think. The story itself seemed a little choppy, or flat, perhaps, although I'm not really familiar with the story of Thumbelina, so I don't know what this particular version was lacking. I just didn't think there was anything truly special about the way the words came together in this rendition. The illustrations, though, told the story beautifully, probably better than the text did. In fact, it was the gorgeous cover illustration that caught my eye and caused me to pull this book off the library shelf in the first place. They make this book worth a read, or at least worth a viewing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginny | 1/9/2014

    " As a child,I was so much in love with fairy tales.I still do like them but not as I did before.I wish I could,though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 12/28/2013

    " A very nice version of a tale I loved when I was little (though not *that* little ;), and am not now so impressed by. I think then I was just enchanted by all thing miniature (The Borrowers, The Littles, dolls, etc.) and now I want more complexity & richer humanity in my stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariecar | 12/28/2013

    " Hans Christian Anderson is one of my favorite authors of all time ... enchanting ... that's what he is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylia | 11/6/2013

    " funny story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/3/2013

    " 39 months - I had really never read this story before and we both enjoyed it as well as the illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shani De'Anna | 10/23/2013

    " This is my favorite book from my childhood! <3 #LOVE "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janell's Kids | 10/2/2013

    " This is a fun book and the parts that the child is supposed to read are just right for my oldest. I'm hoping to find more in this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Ferrari | 9/20/2013

    " I have always loved this story of the little girl who goes through such trials to be happy, but it tells aCinderella story, of hoping and wishing and being kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Yelverton | 8/18/2013

    " A very sweet and beautiful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 7/30/2013

    " The story is not my favorite, but the colorful, clear pictures are better than most to look at. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa Worm | 4/8/2013

    " I love this book! I remember this being another book that I would always bring to my mom to read to me. Would be good to talk about parts of a story with children! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noelle Walsh | 12/5/2012

    " This book is great for kids. It teaches them even if your small, you can still be someone. It's a good life lesson for them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn | 10/8/2012

    " I don't particularly care for this story, but my girls really like it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pardis | 6/19/2012

    " my childhood "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellys♥ Journal | 4/17/2012

    " The long version of the story of Thumbelina had my boys hanging on their seats. We loved the beautiful illustrations and how Hans Christian Anderson was inserted at the end.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/14/2012

    " A sweet fairy tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/27/2011

    " Cute illustrations. My kids enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 11/7/2011

    " A wonderful book for children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 10/16/2011

    " Another one of my recent Lizbeth Zwerger pick-ups. A simple but poignant story (translated from the Danish by Richard and Clara Winston)with beautiful illustrations by Zwerger "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alusha | 9/29/2011

    " A nice kids story :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kia Gregory | 9/26/2011

    " Wonderful retelling of the classic, illustrated beautifully by Brad Sneed. Love the little glimpse of Hans Christian Andersen at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/3/2011

    " This deserves a 3.5, in my opinion, but the low rating has more to do with the tale than the illustrations. Thumbelina moves from fiance to fiance so flippantly. I absolutely loved the gorgeous illustrations by Brad Pinkney. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 7/28/2011

    " A wonderful story with great illustrations. This book will charm you with vibrant colors and an imaginative tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 4/30/2011

    " I have always loved this story of the little girl who goes through such trials to be happy, but it tells aCinderella story, of hoping and wishing and being kind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carissa | 2/27/2011

    " I love this book! I remember this being another book that I would always bring to my mom to read to me. Would be good to talk about parts of a story with children! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 9/29/2010

    " Maggie and I just read this. Beautiful illustrations. I'm going to get more books out from the library by this very talented author/illustrator! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alusha | 8/20/2010

    " A nice kids story :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J-Lynn | 5/3/2010

    " A shortened retelling of Thumbelina, but the illustrations show a light-skinned Black miniature girl instead of the typical White depiction. However, the culture of the story has not been changed. For those who love the classic fairy tales, this provides a new look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 2/10/2010

    " great fairy tale. i loved this story when i was younger... ok i still do now!! "

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About the Author
Author Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875) was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a poor shoemaker and a washerwoman. As a young teenager, he became quite well known in Odense as a reciter of drama and as a singer. When he was fourteen, he set off for the capital, Copenhagen, determined to become a national success on the stage. He failed miserably, but made some influential friends in the capital who got him into school to remedy his lack of proper education. In 1829 his first book was published. After that, books came out at regular intervals. His stories began to be translated into English as early as 1846. Since then, numerous editions, and more recently Hollywood songs and Disney cartoons, have helped to ensure the continuing popularity of the stories in the English-speaking world.

About the Narrators

Tamsin Greig is an award-winning actress known for Shaun of the Dead, Episodes, and Tamara Drewe. She has been married to fellow actor Richard Leaf since May 1997. They have three children.

Ursula Anderman graduated magna cum laude from Stephen College Department of Theater Arts in 2006 and has since been very active in theaters around the Washington, DC, area. In addition to being an actress, she is a trained singer, plays the piano and violin, and loves performing for children.