The Knottles

Nancy Mellon; Illustrated by Ruth Lieberherr

Out of print

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  • A magical story highlighting the importance of respecting nature
  • Written by a former Waldorf teacher

When two children go to sleep in their new home at the edge of a pine forest they meet the Knottles, guardians of the pine trees, who inspire them to take care of their trees.

254 x 203 mm
Bell Pond Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 5 to 7 years
32 pages
Publication date:
01 Jun 2012


Two children are going to sleep for the first time in their new home at the edge of a pine forest. As the full moon shines on the beautiful new pinewood floors, walls, and ceiling, they have the most surprising dream... Out of a large pinewood knot climb seven little Knottles, who are the guardians of the pine trees. The Knottles sing and dance with the children...

Remember the pine trees, how they grow,
In the summer, in the snow,
Remember the pine trees, root in stone,
Twig and limb, seed and cone,
And a golden heart in every tree,
Giving people wood for free.

When the children wake up, they are inspired to plant pine tree seedlings with their parents, and they promise to take good care of all their trees for evermore.


Nancy Mellon is a former Waldorf teacher. She now gives guided storytelling sessions and therapeutic art courses throughout the US and UK. Her books include Storytelling with Children and The Art of Imagination.

Ruth Lieberherr has exhibited her paintings at M.I.T., Princeton University, and Northeastern University, as well as museums and galleries in the United States, France, and her native Switzerland. She has also illustrated and written The Caterpillar and the Butterfly (Saentis Verlag, Switzerland) and Peter and Anneli's Journey to the Moon.


This book is available in the US from Steiner Books.

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