Princess Sylvie

Elsa Beskow

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  • A delightful fairy tale from Elsa Beskow, with beautiful illustrations in her unique, classic style.
  • Princess Sylvie is a new Elsa Beskow book — available in English for the first time.

Princess Sylvie and her father, the king, venture into the woods one day. Who will they meet there? A delightful story for young children about new places and friends, and about coming home.

235 x 295 mm
Floris Books
Elsa Beskow Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
28 pages
Publication date:
24 Feb 2011


Princess Sylvie persuades her father, the king, to leave the palace gardens and walk in the woods. The king is unsure. What might be in the woods? Then Sylvie's dog Oskar runs off after a long-eared hare and Sylvie's adventures begin.

This is a delightful story for young children about exploring new places and making new friends, and about the comforts of home.


'Beautifully illustrated books that will enhance every child's library.'
-- Creative Steps, Spring 2011.

'Fans of Elsa Beskow will be delighted to see this book available in English and I'm sure young children will enjoy having it read to them at bedtime where they too can take joy in the author's love of animals and nature.'
-- Damian Harvey, Armadillo, March 2011.

'This lovely story for young children is all about new places and friends and coming home. This is sure to be a story you and yours children will read over and over again.'
-- Tammy Dolling, March 2011

'Fans of the author will be pleased to discover that this Swedish tale, originally published in 1934, has been translated into English … Soft, gentle watercolors keep the mood light and airy and complement the fairy-tale quality of the text.'
-- School Library Journal Reviews, March 2012

'Princess Sylvie is a reprint of a treasured child's picture book from a series by the author/illustrator now over a century old … a beloved classic that will be reintroduced to countless new generations of young readers to come.'
-- Children's Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

'This classical fairytale is filled with vibrant watercolor paintings that add realistic detail to the timeless story.'


Elsa Beskow is a Floris Books featured author. Read all about this author's life and work on our dedicated author page.

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953) is the most popular children’s illustrator in Sweden, where her picture books have been known and loved for over a century.



Find out more about Elsa Beskow and her world on our Elsa Beskow Biography and Book Information page. Includes a complete book list.

We also produce a beautiful annual calendar featuring seasonal artwork from Elsa Beskow's books:
Elsa Beskow Calendar 2013

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