This illustration follows the fairy tale of Thumbelina. A very tiny girl is abducted from her home by some an old toad. The old toad intends to marry Thumbelina to her eldest son, so the toads trap the small girl on a lily pad as they prepare a home for the couple to live in. Thumbelina is eventually saved from this terrible fate by some small fish, who take pity on her and swim her away to (relative) safety. Why are fairy tales so creepy?
Copyright Serena Malyon 2015