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The Girl of the Wish Garden: A Thumbelina Story Hardcover – February 26, 2013


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Gr 3-6-This lyrical picture book was inspired by Khosravi's images for an earlier Farsi version of the classic Andersen tale. Writing in a free-verse style, Krishnaswami lets the amorphous, dreamlike illustrations set the tone for the story, which begins in a garden where dreams and time "can shift and change." The thumb-size Lina begins her journey when she is captured by a giant frog and then the story loosely follows the path of the original tale. She is swept along at the mercy of the winds and follows the tunes of the birds, and each new encounter is foreshadowed by her sung cries for help. This version has no marriage proposals and only the hint of a forever after when she disappears on the wind, carried on the back of a horse. Khosravi's layered acrylic and tissue on paper images are richly colored with golds, reds, and teals. Stencil-like organic shapes and delicately lined drawings are incorporated into the paintings; they shift and change then disappear only to reappear on a later page. The abstract nature of the artwork and text will be best appreciated by more mature readers although the cover illustration will lure fairy-tale lovers of all ages.-Carol S. Surges, formerly at Longfellow Middle School, Wauwatosa, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Text that sings like poetry narrates a gorgeous re-envisioning of 'Thumbelina' . . . a must." — Kirkus, starred review

"Khosravi’s layered acrylic and tissue on paper images are richly colored with golds, reds, and teals. . . . [the] illustration will lure fairy-tale lovers of all ages." — School Library Journal


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155498324X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554983247
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story is lyrical, and the paintings sublime. I bought a copy for a grandchild and one for myself. I love this author.
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