There was once a woman who wanted a small child but didn’t know where to get one. So she went to a witch for a help.
“A little child? Said the witch. “That’s easy. Here’s a magic seed. Plant it in a flower pot and see what happens!”
The woman thanked the witch, paid her with a piece of silver, and went home to plant the magic seed. As soon as it touched the soil, the seed grew into a tulip, whose flower opened with a pop. In the middle of the flower sat a tiny girl.
“Why, the pretty little thing is hardly as big as my thumb!” cried the woman. “I am going to call her Thumbelina.”
The woman made Thumbelina a bed from a walnut shell. Instead of going out, Thumbelina played on the kitchen table. Her favourite game was sailing across a bowl of water in a boat made from tulip leaf. As she sailed, she sang in a high, sweet voice.
One night, an old, damp toad got in through an open window and hopped down onto the kitchen table. “Just the wife for my son!” the toad declared when she saw. Thumbelina sleeping in her tiny bed. The load picked the walnut shell-and hopped out throught the window into the garden. At the bottom of the garden, them was a stream with muddy banks, and that was where the old toad lived with her son. He was even damper and uglier than his mother. When he saw the pretty little girl a sleep in the walnut shell, all he could say was, “Ribbik! Ribbik!” “Not so loud!” whispered the old toad. “If you wake her up, she’ll run away. We’ll put her on a water lily leaf in the middle of the stream so she won’t be able to escape. Then we can dear out the best room for the wedding.”
In the morning, when she woke up, Thumbelina was started to find herself on a big green leaf in the middle of a stream


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