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Modern Interpretations of Hop o’ My Thumb

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Hansel and Gretel and other folktales of Aarne-Thompson-Uther types 327, 327A, and 327B about abandoned children
by D. L. Ashliman


The story of Hop o’ My Thumb and its themes have appeared in literature and other forms of art. This page provides a small discussion of some of the better known treatments by authors and other artists.

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Literature: Novels

The Pull of the Ocean by Jean-Claude Mourlevat (Author), Y. Maudet (Translator)

Mourlevat, Jean-Claude. Snow White, Blood Red. Y. Maudet, translator. New York: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2006.
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NOVEL: From the publisher: "On a stormy night, little Yann Doutreleau wakes up his six older brothers, all twins. He lets them know that they must flee their home--or risk being killed by their violent father. Without question, the siblings follow Yann into the wet darkness. And so begins their remarkable odyssey toward the ocean--as well as an unforgettable story of brotherhood.

"The social worker investigating the Doutreleau family, the truck driver who gives the boys a lift, the police officer who believes they've run away, the baker who gives them bread--each of the many people the seven boys encounter gives a stirring account of what he or she witnesses. The twins themselves add their voices, as do the Doutreleau parents; but not until the end of the journey does little Yann express his reasons for his galvanizing actions. ""

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Literature: Short Stories

Snow White, Blood Red

Tem, Steve Rasnic. "Little Poucet." Snow White, Blood Red. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds. New York: Avon, 1995.
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I have listed primarily classical compositions of music using the themes of this fairy tale in either ballet, opera or some other musical style. I have also provided links to popular recordings of the music when available at Amazon.com. The advantage to these links is that you can listen to samples of the music at no charge.

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To learn more about these films, please visit the
Internet Movie Database.

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Page created 1/2006; Last updated 9/10/07