The Story of the Root Children

Mini Edition

Sibylle von Olfers

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165 x 120 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books;
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 5 years
24 pages
Publication date:
01 Sep 1997


All through the winter the Root Children are asleep underground, but when spring comes Mother Nature wakes them up. Then the Root Children are busy cleaning and painting the beetles and bugs. When summer comes they play in the fields, ponds and meadows.

This is a mini-version of Sibylle von Olfers' classic story.


'Nothing could date this stunningly illustrated century-old book telling the story of the seasons ... Children are enchanted by images like the root children painting a line of ladybirds with pots of red and black paint. Sibylle von Olfers' careful drawings depict Nature scenes halfway between imagination and reality.'
-- Juno Magazine, Top Ten Children's Books


Sibylle von Olfers is a Floris Books featured author. Read all about this author's life and work on our dedicated author page.

The Story of the Root Children is Sibylle von Olfers' (1881-1916) best known work. Her blend of natural observation and use of simple design has led to comparisons with Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow.


Don't miss more beautiful children's picture books by Sibylle von Olfers:
The Story of the Root Children -- a large format edition
My First Root Children -- a board book edition of The Story of the Root Children for little hands
The Story of Little Billy Bluesocks
The Story of the Snow Children
The Story of the Wind Children
The Princess in the Forest
The Story of the Rabbit Children
The Story of the Butterfly Children
The Story of King Lion

A craft book to make some of the characters from Story of the Root Children is available:
Making Flower Children

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