The Story of the Butterfly Children

Mini edition

Sibylle von Olfers

Available to buy

Quick Look

  • Vintage illustrations bring to life the story of the butterfly children in an adorable mini edition that is perfect for little hands
  • Introduces young children to the life cycle of the butterfly in a unique and whimsical way
  • Sibylle von Olfers' magical stories of root, snow, wind and butterfly children have been loved by generations

A charming story about the growing butterfly children and how they get their wings that also explores the life cycle of the butterfly for young children. This is an adorable mini edition of Sibylle von Olfers' classic story with art nouveau illustrations.

140 x 193 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
28 pages
Publication date:
16 Mar 2023


"Far, far away from here in the magical Butterfly Kingdom live the brilliant and joyful butterfly folk. The little butterfly children are called chrysalids."

The butterfly children love dancing among the flowers and visiting their little brothers and sisters, the caterpillars. Then, on the first day of spring, they finally get their wings! The sky is full of peacock, swallowtail, cabbage and red admiral butterflies excitedly waiting to begin a torchlight procession.

Young readers will love meeting the cheeky baby caterpillars and the adventurous butterfly children and will come to understand about the life cycle of a butterfly in a unique and charming way.

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 mini gift edition of The Story of the Butterfly Children reproduces Olfers' classic illustrations and beloved story in an adorable small format -- ideal for little hands. The Sibylle von Olfers library also includes full size editions, and board books for very young children.


'This beautifully illustrated book is another classic children's story from the author.'
-- Kindling magazine

'Beautifully illustrated in the art nouveau style, this book really captured the imaginations of our young readers ... Perfect for sharing, this is a beautiful book that also teaches children about the life-cycle of a butterfly.'
-- Creative Steps magazine


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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