Aired:Mar. 18 1978
One night a goddess appears and gives the woman a seed to sow in a flower-pot, which she does. In spring a red tulip appears. When it opens, she finds a little girl, as tiny as her thumb, seated in the center of the flower. She calls her Thumbelina.Thumbelina is happy playing on a tulip petal served as a boat on a plate of water. She soon befriends a cockchafer, Buzz. He takes her on his back to a tulip garden, where she meets a fairy prince. They fall in love with each other.A pair of toads, who want a bride for their son, kidnap Thumbelina to their home on the river. Croak, the young toad, tries his best to cheer her up, to no avail. Learning she loves the fairy prince, he releases her.The water0lily leaf with Thumbelina aboard flows down the river. When it nears a waterfall, Buzz helps her land. He searches for the way to the tulip garden. But he gets sleepy and his wings stiffen. Winter is coming. Thumbelina covers the sleeping bug with a dead leaf and continues her journey. The north wind brings snow and ice, freezing the lonely Thumbelina. She falls in a pit in the snow, unconscious. When she awakens, she is in the house of a kind mouse, who lets her live there until the snow melts. Mr. Mole, a rich neighbor, has a crush on Thumbelina. He is engaged to a pretty mole, but proposes to Thumbelina. One day a swallow falls into the mole’s passage, nearly frozen to death. Thumbelina secretly nurses the bird, which recovers in a month. It is spring. Mr. Mole is rescued by his fiancée when he is attacked by a snake. He realizes her lobe, and bids farewell to Thumbelina.Thumbelina leaves for the land of tulips, riding the swallow. Soon she meets the fairy prince again and they get married. Then a pair of wings grow on Thumbelina’s back. She is the fairy of tulips.
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