Thumbelina

Thereoncewasawomanwhowantedsoverymuchtohaveatinylittlechild,butshedidnotknowwheretofindone. Soshewenttoanoldwitch,andshesaid: 

"Ihavesetmyheartuponhavingatinylittlechild. PleasecouldyoutellmewhereIcanfindone?" 

"Why,that’seasilydone,"saidthewitch. "Here’sagrainofbarleyforyou,butitisn’tatallthesortofbarleythatfarmersgrowintheirfieldsorthatthechickensgettoeat. Putitinaflowerpotandyou’llseewhatyoushallsee." 

"Ohthankyou!"thewomansaid.Shegavethewitchtwelvepennies,andplantedthebarleyseedassoonasshegothome. Itquicklygrewintoafinelargeflower,whichlookedverymuchlikeatulip. Butthepetalswerefoldedtight,asthoughitwerestillabud. 

"Thisissuchaprettyflower,"saidthewoman.Shekisseditslovelyredandyellowpetals, andjustasshekissedittheflowergavealoudpop!andflewopen. Itwasatulip,rightenough,butonthegreencushioninthemiddleofitsatatinygirl. Shewasdaintyandfairtosee,butshewasnotallerthanyourthumb.SoshewascalledThumbelina. 

Anicelypolishedwalnutshellservedashercradle.Hermattresswasmadeofthebluepetalsofviolets,andarosepetalwaspulleduptocoverher. Thatwashowshesleptatnight. Inthedaytimesheplayedonatablewherethewomanputaplatesurroundedwithawreathofflowers. Theirstemslayinthewater,onwhichtherefloatedalargetulippetal. 

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