Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thumbelissa

One of my favorite fairytales is the story of Thumbelina. The story chronicles the adventures of a tiny girl born in a velvety red tulip, in answer to her mother's wish and prayer.

She has many a perilous journey, but in the end she is rescued, flying away on the feathery back of a sparrow. Her friend brings her to a garden where the faeryfolk live in the flowers. (I'm sure the garden must be mine...) There she meets and falls in love with a faery prince. On her wedding day the Faery folk give the girl a pair of clear sparkling faery wings.

I have a collection of old fairytale books, and in the most ancient version, the tiny girl was called Thumbelissa. It's a toss-up as to which name is the most beautiful!

3 comments:

Clytie said...

Beautiful drawing for one of my most favorite fairy tales. The mole in the story always scared me ... but I always loved the ending.

Woman in a Window said...

A tiny girl with a big presence. And a story I need to get reaquainted with. Pretty drawing.

Tammie Lee said...

Sweet piece!
I use to have a fairy tale collection as well. That is a wonderful tale, so nice to hear it again!