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The Story of the Root Children

Mini Edition

September 1997
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st September 1997
  • ISBN 9780863152481
  • Language English
  • Pages 28 pp.
  • Size 6.5" x 4.7"

All through the winter the Root Children are asleep underground, but when spring comes Mother Nature wakes them up. Then the Root Children are busy cleaning and painting the beetles and bugs. When summer comes they play in the fields, ponds and meadows.

This is a mini-version of Sibylle von Olfers' classic story.

(Ages 3 to 7 years)

“Nothing could date this stunningly illustrated century-old book telling the story of the seasons.... Children are enchanted by images, like the root children painting a line of ladybirds with pots of red and black paint. Sibylle von Olfers’ careful drawings depict Nature scenes halfway between imagination and reality.”

—Juno Magazine, Top Ten Children's Books

Sibylle von Olfers

Sibylle von Olfers (1881–1916) was born Maria Regina Angela Hedwig Sibylla von Olfers in the Castle of Metgethen (Schloss Metgethen), near Königsberg. She grew up in a sheltered childhood and enjoyed, together with her brothers and sisters, education and teaching through governesses and private tutors. Sebylle became a German art teacher and nun and worked as an author and illustrator of children's books. In 1906 she published her most well-known work, Etwas von den Wurzelkindern, translated into English as The Root Children. She used a blend of natural observation and simple design, which has led to comparisons with Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow.