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The Story of the Snow Children

August 2005
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    30th August 2005
  • ISBN 9780863154997
  • Language English
  • Pages 24 pp.
  • Size 11" x 8.3"

Poppy is gazing out of the window at the snow when, all of a sudden, she sees that the snowflakes are really little Snow Children dancing and whirling in the garden. Soon, they whisk her away to the Snow Queen’s wintry kingdom.

From the author of The Story of the Root Children, here is another classic children’s story with beautiful illustrations in the art nouveau style.

(Ages 3 – 5 years)

“A simple but richly imaginative tale in a tiny book with exquisite illustrations.... An old-fashioned delight for new children.” —Kirkus Book Reviews 

“This reissue of a German fairytale from 1905 is a beautiful little book with gorgeous Mabel Lucie Atwell style illustrations. It contains everything you need in a Christmas story: ice castles, fairy-children, and snowmen waiters.... The magical illustrations tell the story perfectly.” —Families Magazine, Dec. 2012  

“An utterly delightful wintry tale full of whimsy, sprinkled with magic and sparkling with charm...a perfect stocking filling, especially if you can conjure up some snow for Christmas morning.” —Playing by the Book, Sept. 2012

“This is a beautifully illustrated and magical tale. A wonderfully enchanting book, a pleasure for children to read and the children listening really did sit open mouthed. The perfect book for a winter's day.” —Hilary with Isaac (5) and others, Education Otherwise, Dec. 2005

“Poppy's visit to the Snow Queen is told in a comforting manner likely to appeal to the younger listener; the very quaintness and period feel of the pictures add charm and interest. Von Olfers' illustrative style is decorative, with snowdrop panels bordering each page and patterned scenarios of icicles and frost flowers that will captivate viewers of all ages.” —Gillian Lathey, School Librarian, winter 2005

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.