Rosalind and the Little Deer

Elsa Beskow; Translated by Kristina Turner

Out of print

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  • A classic story from beloved illustrator Elsa Beskow, 'the Beatrix Potter of Sweden'
  • Available for the first time in English a story full of fairy-tale charm
  • A little deer is captured by a king. Can the Rosalind persuade the king to let her friend go free?

Rosalind's little deer is captured by a king and kept in a golden cage. Can the little girl persuade the king to let her friend go free?

215 x 269 mm
Floris Books
Elsa Beskow Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
32 pages
Publication date:
20 Sep 2012


Rosalind loves to play with her little deer in the shade of the lime tree. Then one day a hunter comes along with his dog and frightens the deer away. The poor little deer is captured by a king and kept in a golden cage, but it refuses to eat.

People come from far and wide bringing delicious food for the king’s prized pet, but still the deer won’t eat. Then the hunter and his dog pass by and send a message back to Rosalind. Can Rosalind persuade the mighty king to part with his pet and set the little deer free once more?

This classic Elsa Beskow tale is published now for the first time in English. With its traditional fairy-tale charm and beautifully detailed illustrations, this is Elsa Beskow at her best.


'…the book's charm … has more to do with the combination of sweetness, gravity, and grace in both the text and the illustrations. Children beguiled by Beskow's 'Princess Sylvie' (1934, 2011) will want to make Rosalind's acquaintance.'
-- Booklist Online

'…enchanting illustrations really enhance this beautifully told tale.'
--Creative Steps

'The pictures are simple but detailed, with the colors and aspect of old prints.'
-- Kirkus Book Reviews

'You feel like you are stepping back in time as your eyes rest on the gentle illustrations of this book. This is ideal for an adult to read with children.'
-- EYE: Early Years Educator

'This is a simple story about a young girl who makes friends with a little deer… the message of the book about the importance of freedom is still relevant today.'
-- Carousel


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 author--illustrator in Sweden. Often described as Sweden's Beatrix Potter, Elsa Beskow's picture books have been known and loved for over a century. Her charming stories of children and magical folk, accompanied by her signature illustrations, are known and cherished the world over.



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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