Over the Hills and Far Away

Stories of Dwarfs, Fairies, Gnomes and Elves From Around Europe

Illustrated by Daniela Drescher; Edited by Els Boekelaar and Ineke Verschuren

Out of print

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A revised colour edition of a collection of forty stories from around Europe about gnomes, dwarfs, leprechauns and fairies.

292 x 216 mm
Floris Books
Story Books & Anthologies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 6 to 10 years
176 pages
Publication date:
25 Mar 2010
2nd edition


This is an exciting new edition of a classic storybook anthology, illustrated for the first time in colour by bestselling author Daniela Drescher.

The book is a collection of forty stories from around Europe about gnomes, dwarfs, leprechauns, fairies and little folk. The stories come from Ireland, Germany, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, England, Flanders and Scandinavia.

Table of Contents

A Word About Dwarfs
The Venetians, Switzerland
The Dwarf Baptism, Switzerland
The Song of the Gnomes, Switzerland
The Dwarf Who Was Refused Shelter, Switzerland
The Gnome's Gifts, Switzerland
The Griffin-bird, Switzerland
Thw Mountain-gnome's Warning, Switzerland
The Maid and the Kobolds, Switzerland
The Mountian with Golden Feet, Austria
Kate Crackernuts, England
The Dwarfs of Grindlewald, Switzerland
Tom-Tit-Tot, England
The Grateful Dwarf, Switzerland
The Helpful Mountain-gnome, Switzerland
The Hired Cow, Switzerland
David Wright and the Faires, Scotland
The Goatherd of Kloster, Switzerland
The Little One, Scotland
The Field of Boliauns, Ireland
The Punishment of the Mountain-gnome, Austria
The Herd-boy, Sweden
Luran and the Faries, Scotland
The Green Glass Bottle, Ireland
The Farmer and the Fairy Hillock, Scotland
The Brownie of Rothiemurchus, Scotland
The Blacksmith's Apprentice, Flanders
The Magic Lamp, Flanders
The Smith and the Grateful Dwarf, Flanders
The Wigmaker and the Dwarfs, Flanders
The White Dove, Germany
The Long Nose, Germany
Hurleburlebutz, Germany
Thw White Wolf, Germany
The Little Old Man, Germany
Jack and his Little Flute, Germany
Dream-Hänsel, Germany
The Little Man of the Chest, Germany
The Gifts of the Little Folk, Germany
The Wicked Dwarf, Spain


'This is one of those delightful books from the Scottish publisher, Floris, whose stories and drawings are so appealing. The mystical tales covers all the seasons.'
-- Vermont Country Sampler, May 2017

'This book is illustrated throughout with beautiful, colourful pictures by Daniela Drescher that have much of interest in them and are a real delight to linger over and discuss with the young reader… I thoroughly recommend this lovely book, which I think would be enjoyed by children of all ages.'
--Rosemary Usselman, New View, Summer 2010

'The stories vary in length and complexity, but all of them fascinate. This is a handsome resource for sharing and for independent readers to enjoy on their own.'
-- Books for Keeps, July 2010

'Daniela Drescher has a sense of colour and balance in her delicate, almost dreamlike illustrations that make you want to linger over them … well suited to the armchair snuggle with a wealth of lovely stories to share.'
-- Yvonne Coppard, Carousel, Autumn/Winter 2010


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

Ineke Verschuren is also the author of The Christmas Storybook and The Easter Storybook.

You can also visit the author's own website at http://www.danieladrescher.de

Daniela Drescher was born in Munich and trained in art therapy. She has worked with children for ten years and is an illustrator for a parenting magazine. She is the author of In the Land of Fairies, In the Land of Elves, In the Land of Merfolk, The Elves' Big Adventure, What's Hiding in There?, Merlina and the Magic Spell, Little Fairy's Christmas, Little Fairy Can't Sleep and Lily the Little Princess (all Floris Books).

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