Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thumbelina


"Perhaps this was the one who sang to me so sweetly in the summer," [Thumbelina] said; "and how much pleasure it gave me, you dear, pretty bird."

This is such a sad, sweet part of the story - where Thumbelina finds the dead little bird and she cares for it in it's death. Mouse and Mole are too busy carrying on with business to even bat an eye at the misfortune of the bird.

Did you ever see the Danny Kaye movie "Hans Christian Andersen"? I remember watching it when I was a little girl, and the song "Thumbelina" is stuck in my head now:
Thumbelina, Thumbelina tiny little thing
Thumbelina dance, Thumbelina sing
Thumbelina what’s the difference if you’re very small?
When your heart is full of love you’re nine feet tall

11 comments:

Lyon said...

How sweet. I love how you have Mouse and Mole way far in the background.

Linda T. Snider Ward said...

Wonderful! A very nice illustration for Thubelina. You're fast! I just started some rough sketches. I used to tell that as a bedtime story to daughter. She loved it.
Linda

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

I really like how you did this piece. It's so soft and sweet Michelle. Good job!

krisztina maros said...

so beautiful illo! you represent this touching moment sensually.

linda sarah said...

beautiful illustration - and such a sad sight to see this little bird - really lovely work:-)

Heather said...

I like the way you took this very sad moment and brought out the tenderness. I also like how mouse and mole are a ways away--turned in toward each other.

Mônica said...

It's true, you've added tenderness and sweetness to a sad moment in the story. I really like your delicate lines and soft colors. Great illo!

Jess said...

A lovely illo! I like the details of the mole and mouse by the tree.

Lisa M Griffin said...

I can totally see this page in a childs Thumbelina book. Well done.

LEEZY said...

Ah, a lovely illustration. It has a cool kitschy-almost-Japanese-retro sort of look about it — I love that!

angelic pursuits said...

I like all of the little touches you've given this, all of the details to the story.