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Thumbelina's Mother

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Thumbelina's Mother
Thumbelinamom

Real Name

Unknown

First Appearance

Fairy Tales Told for Children II (16 December 1835)

Original Publisher

C. A. Reitzel

Created by

Hans Christian Andersen

Origin

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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