Thumbelina/Maia (Thumbelina) Thumbelina is the tiny girl of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales; her story was one of a few published in 1835 in Fairy Tales Told for Children. Thumbelina is a girl in miniature, born of a barley seed and bedded in a walnut shell. Naturally, she is a magical creature in a slightly hostile world. Her heartthrob is the fairy flower prince, Cornelius, but as is often the way with fairy princes, they aren’t always there when you need them. Thumbelina is kidnapped by a toad who wishes to marry her, and he is joined in that desire by a beetle and a mole – hardly apt companions for our lovely girl. After many an adventure and mishap, Thumbelina is reunited with her prince. At their marriage, she is graced with a pair of wings in order to fly from flower to flower with him, and she receives a new name: Maia. And they live happily ever after, or so we presume – life has to be easier among the flowers than on a lily pad!
Maïa - a 1910 opera by Italian composer Ruggero Leoncavallo
Maia (Richard Adams) - From Wikipedia: Maia is a young adult fantasy novel written by Richard Adams, author of Watership Down, and first published in 1984. Maia is a beautiful teenage peasant girl who is sold into slavery. Amidst colorful, boldly drawn characters, she is drawn (sometimes unwillingly or even unknowingly) into many adventures and machinations: ritual dances, flooding rivers, espionage, politics, and war. Some scenes, particularly during Maia's enslavement, include moderately explicit sexual and sado-masochistic elements. Nevertheless, she survives the decadence and danger with an impulsive, innocent sense of courage and enterprise. Maia ends with the sort of quotidian, pastoral, familial scene (in Maia's memory and expectation of returning home) which commonly rewards the positive characters in Adams's works. The morality of slavery is discussed among the characters throughout the book, and a civil war is fought in part to restrict the actions of slavers and limit the number of slaves in the Beklan Empire. Recommended for ages young adult.
Maia and the Monster Baby (Elizabeth Winthrop) - Maia and her best friend, who happens to be a monster, are both becoming big sisters. This is NOT good news! When Mom tells Maia their new baby will be her best friend, Maia is skeptical. Then Maia's baby and Monster's baby are born. Though they gurgle, growl, scream, and spit, they eventually win their way into their big sisters' hearts. Nonetheless, Maia and the Monster agree: "WE are the friends. THEY are the babies." Recommended for ages 4-7.
Maia of Thebes (Ann Turner) - Leap into the ancient world in renowned author Ann Turner's exciting addition to the Life and Times series. Maia's story is filled with action, adventure, and all the drama of life in ancient Egypt. The intrigue and mysticism of ancient Egypt comes to life in Ann Turner's spectacular addition to The Life and Times series. In the time of the Pharoah Hatshepsut's rule, the Egyptian days could pass as slowly as the Nile's lazy waters, or as quickly as the Nile's rising floodwaters. Maia and her brother are orphaned and living with a cold, judgmental aunt and uncle in Thebes. Searching for a way out of their house, Maia pleads with her brother, Sethnet, who is learning to be a scribe, to teach her how to write. He agrees, and this is to be her saving skill. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Thumbelina (Hans Christian Andersen) - It's not easy being small, but in Brad Sneed's lovely new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina, at least life is full of adventure. Soon after being born from a fiery red flower, Thumbelina is kidnapped from home and pursued by many suitors, including a horrible toad, a bumbling beetle, and a grumpy mole--until the plucky heroine finds a true love who fits her just right. Sneed's rich, detailed watercolors are a true standout, illustrating the animals and natural world with remarkable realism and vibrancy. The story, lighthearted and lively, has a simple text that keeps the elegant flavor of the original tale, yet is perfect for a picture book audience. Brad Sneed's fresh look at a well-loved fairy tale is simply sumptuous! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Maia - Maia Chiburdanidze (Georgian chess grandmaster); Maia Shibutani (figure skater); Maia (Columbian singer); Maia Brewton (actress); Maia Campbell (actress); Maia Wojciechowska (author)
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