There once lived a beautiful girl who was very small. She only had the size of a thumb. Her name was Thumbelina. An ugly frog fell in love and wanted to marry her and one night, as she was sleeping, the frog carried her away to the pond and placed her on a lotus leaf. When she woke up, she saw herself alone in the middle of the pond and began to cry. The frog showed no mercy and left her on the leaf. Finally a fish took pity on her and decided to save her from the frog. The fish pulled the leaf till the bank and left the little girl there.
While Thumbelina was wondering what to do a friendly butterfly came. It took her to a wonderful land full of beautiful flowers and birds. Thumbelina was very happy there and quickly made many friends. But winter came and all the birds flew away to warmer places. Thumbelina couldn’t fly and they forgot to take her with them so again she was left alone. It became freezing cold and Thumbelina couldn’t find a warm place. She even almost died. But luckily a kind field mouse saw her. The mouse lived in a foxhole that was a quite warm place, took her there and looked after her.
But Thumbelina had to face new problems. One day, the field mouse took her to marry their neighbour Mr. Moo, but she didn’t want to and ran away. As she was sitting still alone, she suddenly saw her old friend, the blue bird. The bird took her away from the field mouse and flew her away to the kingdom of little people who were not bigger than a thumb. They warmly welcomed her to their land and she lived there for many years. How happy she was to finally find her home with friendly people who are just like her.