This large format illustrated version of Andersen's Thumbelina was published in 1978.
It was created by Nicole Claveloux, a French artist that I am planning to feature again soon
on Animalarium. I love this book for its unusual structure, which alternates pages of text
with spreads packed with sequences of small illustrations that can be visually read in
a variety of ways.
The illustrations are beautiful and funny, and the abundance of details on each spread
is very appealing to children and visually oriented adults like me.
But I love this version also for its feminist ending, in which Thumbelina refuses to marry the King of Flowers
choosing instead a life of freedom and travels in the company of her swallow friend.
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