Thumbelina's Mother

Real Name


First Appearance

Fairy Tales Told for Children II (16 December 1835)

Original Publisher

C. A. Reitzel

Created by

Hans Christian Andersen


The tale opens with a beggar woman giving a peasant's wife a barleycorn in exchange for food. Once planted, a tiny girl, Thumbelina, emerges from its flower. One night, Thumbelina, asleep in her walnut-shell cradle, is carried off by a toad and the mother never sees her daughter again.

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