The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers / ISBN 9781782506911 / 32-page hardcover from Floris Books (UK)
'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
'A celebration of the wonders that spring and summer offer each year.'
--New York Botanical Garden
"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 ndash; snowdrop, forget-me-not, buttercup, daisy and poppy ndash; 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 cosy home below ground. Sibylle von Olfers' classic story has been loved by generations of children.
The Story of the Root Children is Sibylle von Olfers' (1881-1916) best known work. Her blend of natural observation and use of simple design has led to comparisons with Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow.