G. H. Andersen
childless woman, on the advice of a sorceress, raised a girl from the grain of a tulip an inch tall – Thumbelina. Cradle for her was a nut shell, a boat – a petal of a tulip in a dish with water and flowers, where the girl sailed and sang. One night she was stolen by a toad to make her a bride for her ugly son. Crying Thumbelina, sitting on a leaf of the water lily, while the toads adorned their dwelling, pityed the fish – they tore the stalk and the girl swam with the current, harnessing her moth to her boat. The beauty took away the May bug, but his relatives did not like the frail girl, and he left it in the daisy. Thumbelina burst into tears from the fact that she considered herself ugly, although in fact she was very pretty.
In winter, the girl left the forest and made her way to the mink of the field mouse. She warmed and fed the poor thing, left her at home and advised her to marry a rich mole. While visiting this enviable groom, Thumbelina saw a swallow – everyone thought she was dead, but the girl, covering the bird with a veil of grass, heard the bird’s heart beating. All winter, Thumbelina took care of the swallow, wounded about the thorn bush and behind the relatives, and in the spring she flew off, offering the girl to fly with her (she refused – it was a pity to throw the mouse).
In the meantime, the mole was already begging for Thumbelina, and everyone was preparing for the wedding. In the autumn, the dowry was ready, and the girl’s words that she did not want to marry a mole threatened her mouse with her teeth. On the wedding day, the bride left to say goodbye to the sun and flowers, and met a swallow. The bird again offered to fly away – and this time Thumbelina did not refuse. In the warm edge of the swallow, she planted a girlfriend in a flower where the king of elves sat. He proposed to the beautiful woman; the wedding gave her a pair of beautiful wings.
G. H. Andersen