My First Root Children

Sibylle von Olfers

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  • A new board book edition of the classic seasonal tale adapted for young children
  • A classic tale of spring awakening, filled with adorable characters -- poppy, bluebell and snowdrop root children -- and beautiful flowers
  • Charming original art-nouveau artwork from much-loved illustrator Sybille von Olfers
  • This sturdy board book with rounded corners is perfect for little hands

The root children - poppies, bluebells and snowdrops - are awoken by Mother Nature in spring and play through the year. Board book adaptation of the classic The Story of the Root Children with all of Sibylle von Olfers's original art-nouveau illustrations

board book
180 x 144 mm
Floris Books
Board Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 1 to 3 years
10 pages
Publication date:
17 Sep 2020
2nd edition


All through winter the root children sleep underground. When spring comes Mother Nature wakes them up, ready to go outside into the sunshine with the beetles, bees and ladybirds. The root children play in the forest with the butterflies in spring and dance in the meadow in the summer. When autumn comes and the cold wind starts to blow, Mother Earth calls them back underground to go to sleep for the winter.

My First Root Children is a lively abridgment of the much-loved The Story of the Root Children. The sturdy board book edition includes all of Sibylle von Olfers's original art-nouveau illustrations, sympathetically adapted to fit the new format, alongside simplified text suitable for very young children.

A perfect seasonal story, My First Root Children is a classic tale of spring awakening, filled with adorable characters and beautiful landscapes.


'A beautifully imagination inspiring way to introduce the seasons and teach children all about the changes in weather, nature and colour as they learn about spring, summer, autumn and winter … Children will be able to memorise and read this simple text independently very quickly and talk about the pictures. They will also be inspired to draw and imagine their own thinking about seasonal transitions and nature.'
-- Early Years Educator

'The illustrations are striking for their detail of leaves, flowers and insects, in attractive muted colours.'
-- Juno Magazine


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

Sibylle von Olfers (1881–1916) was a German children's author and illustrator. Well-known for her blend of natural observation and simple design in the art nouveau style, her work has been likened to Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow. Encouraged by her aunt, writer and painter Marie von Olfers, Sibylle studied at art college in Berlin. At aged 25 she took the name Sister Maria Aloysia and published her first picture book, The Story of the Root Children. She created six more picture books in the following decade before her untimely death. Her legacy is a collection of beloved children’s books including The Story of the Snow Children and The Story of the Wind Children.

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