Cover image for Thumbelina = Pulgarcita
Thumbelina = Pulgarcita
Valriu i Llinàs, Caterina, 1960-
Uniform Title:
Ditona. English & Spanish
Publication Information:
San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 2004.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A bilingual book!"--Jacket.

Format :


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J SPA PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Foreign Language

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Retold in both Spanish and English, the universally loved story Thumbelina will delight early readers and older learners alike. The striking illustrations give a new look to this classic tale, and the bilingual text makes it perfect for both home and classroom libraries.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Two fairy tales retellings add to an established bilingual series: Thumbelina/Pulgarcita by Caterina Valriu, illus. by Max, which follows the big adventures of the diminutive girl accompanied by Spanish artist Max's black-outlined, poster-like illustrations, and Puss in Boots/El gato con botas by Francesc Boada, illus. by Jose Luis Merino, starring the resourceful feline who helps his master impress the king and wed a princess; Merino's illustrations utilize earth-toned colors and light spongy and streaky textures. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-These adaptations of beloved fairy tales do justice to the originals, in a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek way. The English-language renditions retain the familiar wording of most traditional editions, and the Spanish, while following the English closely, has its own style and swing. However, it's the illustrations that lift these titles above the "just another version" category. Merino's attractive and animated cartoons, done in ink and watercolor, present a Marquis of Carabas who is perpetually befuddled by the actions of his cat, who sports perhaps the most dynamic feather ever to grace a hat. Superb use of white space and an informed use of warm colors make this simple presentation irresistible. Max has produced humorous, clear cartoon illustrations for Pulgarcita. Rendered in a limited palette (mauve, orange, green, blue, and brown), the round-headed, pointy-nosed characters appear perpetually surprised, and the result is a Thumbelina who is an alert, curious heroine rather than a pawn of fate. These titles will hold their own against such standards as Malcolm Arthur and Fred Marcellino's lush Puss in Boots (Farrar, 1990) or Amy Ehrlich and Susan Jeffers's traditional presentation of Thumbelina (Dial, 1979; o.p.). Excellent additions for either bilingual collections or folktale sections in need of contrasting artistic renderings of two perennial favorites. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.