The Gnomes' Winter Journey

Ernst Kreidolf

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  • Perfect for fans of Elsa Beskow and Sibylle von Olfers -- renowned Swiss artist Ernest Kreidolf's artwork of woodland creatures and magical little folk is charming and whimsical
  • Full of winter fun with nostalgic vintage illustrations of sledging, snowball fights and tobogganing
  • A new edition of the classic winter story with a cloth spine and gold-foil touches

The woodland gnomes set off on a snowy journey to visit their mountain cousins. What fun will they have when they arrive? A beautiful new edition of the enchanting winter tale, full of vintage charm.

218 x 296 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
32 pages
Publication date:
15 Sep 2022
2nd edition


It's the first snow of winter and the forest gnomes set off to visit their mountain cousins to celebrate the coming of the Winter Queen. On their cold journey the gnomes get help from dancing snow fairies, and a sledge pulled by friendly squirrels.

When the forest gnomes finally arrive at their cousins' icy home there's much fun to be had --snowball fights, tobogganing and a delicious feast with the elegant Winter Queen.

This is a gorgeous new edition of the classic and enchanting winter story first published in 1924. Swiss artist Ernst Kreidolf's delightful illustrations of magical little folk are reminiscent of Elsa Beskow and Sibylle von Olfers.


'A perfect story to be shared in the winter season.'
-- Youth Services Book Review

Praise for a previous edition:

'An engaging story.'
-- Midwest Book Review

'Full of fun and mischief... The gentle text and enchanting illustrations combine to make this both a perfect book to share and an ideal read for the child who wants to settle in a corner with a captivating story.'
-- Carousel

'A fantastic snowy tale.'
-- Juno

'A beautiful winter treat, The Gnomes' Winter Journey is a traditional tale that feels a little bit like it might be something straight out of Narnia... The illustrations are deft and magical, and the story feels like a timeless classic that parents will enjoy reading too.'
-- School Library Association

'The illustrations in wintry muted hues complement the story and add to the fun... This would be a good choice for a winter story time.'
-- Youth Services Book Review

'An unusual and delightful adventure… You will immediately be enchanted by the three endearing little bearded fellows with cone-shaped hats… You will surely admire each drawing by the renowned Swiss painter, author, and illustrator, Ernst Kreidolf.'
-- Vermont Country Sampler


Ernst Kreidolf (1863-1956) was born in Bern, Switzerland. He attended the School of Applied Arts, and the Munich Art Academy in Munich, Germany and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern. Ernst illustrated numerous picture books featuring fairies and other little folk, which have continued to delight children for decades.

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