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The Story of the Root Children Edition 2

Mini Edition

November 2021
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    16th November 2021
  • ISBN 9781782507543
  • Language English
  • Pages 28 pp.
  • Size 4.72" x 6.5"

“Under the ground, deep in the earth among the roots of the trees, the little root children were fast asleep all winter long...”

    When spring comes, it’s time for the root children—snowdrop, forget-me-not, buttercup, daisy, and poppy—to wake up! There are new dresses to sew, and insects to be painted.

    When summer comes, the root children are free to play in the beautiful fields, ponds and meadows. But when autumn comes and the cold wind starts to blow, it's time to go back to their cozy home below ground.

Sibylle von Olfers’ classic story has been loved by generations of children. It's also available in the original full-sized edition, as well as a board book for little hands.

(Ages 3 to 5 years)

“A celebration of the wonders that spring and summer offer each year.”
New York Botanical Garden 

“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.