The Princess in the Forest

Sibylle von Olfers

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Quick Look

  • A whimsical tale of sharing and caring
  • The inhabitants of the forest - magical little folk, cheerful flowers and characterful creatures - are brought to life in charming art nouveau illustrations
  • Sibylle von Olfers' vintage stories of nature children have been loved by generations
  • This premium new edition of a classic picture book features hand-designed end papers, a cloth spine and luxury paper

Spend a wonderful day with the princess and her friends the dew, moss, toadstool and star children. A collectable new edition of the classic Sibylle von Olfers picture book with a cloth spine. From the creator of The Story of the Root Children.

289 x 244 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 5 years
28 pages
Publication date:
20 May 2021
2nd edition


"In the heart of the forest, a princess lived in her rose-covered castle. Every morning, she
woke and looked out of her window at the beautiful sunrise. She watched the dew children come dancing merrily through the trees."

The kind dew children help the princess to get dressed and the helpful moss children bring her a delicious forest breakfast. Then after her lessons, the princess goes deeper into the forest to play with her animal friends and to tell stories to the little mushroom children. When it is dark, the shining star children light her way home.

Sibylle von Olfers' vintage stories of nature children have been loved by generations. The whimsical tales are accompanied by beautiful art nouveau illustrations of characterful creatures, cheerful plants and flowers and magical little folk.

This wonderful new edition of The Princess in the Forest faithfully reproduces Olfers' classic illustrations in a collectable picture book featuring a hand-crafted design, premium-quality paper and a luxurious cloth spine. The Sibylle von Olfers library also includes mini gift editions and board books for very young children.


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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