Thumbelina is one of a collection of Hans Christian Anderson scripts:
Hans Christian Anderson Collection
Cast of 6
Duration – around 10 minutes of reading time. This does not include teaching input discussion and suggestions for further activities which will extend the session to at least 20 minutes.
Narrator: It’s quite the cast from Nature, we have here today!
Thumbelina: Well, I was born in rather exceptional circumstances!
Narrator: That’s true enough! I mean, what kind of mother gives a witch twelve shillings for a daughter?
Thumbelina: Was that all she paid?
Narrator: Well, who’d have paid more (pauses) for a barleycorn?
Thumbelina: A barleycorn? That might account for my blond hair!
Narrator: (Laughing) No, you appeared out of that barleycorn! In fact, it wasn’t til it was planted, and that a beautiful flower appeared, that
Thumbelina: (Interrupting) I was born?
Narrator: There you were, sitting in the middle of the petals! Just one inch tall!
Toad: That was weird! And they say frogspawn is odd!
Swallow: And having eggs!
Field-mouse: Nothing to compare with that form of delivery!
Mole: Most bizarre!
Thumbelina: But my mother was chuffed to bits! Once she’d got over the initial shock!