The Story of the Snow Children

Sibylle von Olfers

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Poppy realises that the snowflakes in her garden are actually Snow Children, who whisk her away to the Snow Queen's magical kingdom.

211 x 281 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 2 to 5 years
24 pages
Publication date:
22 Sep 2005


Poppy is gazing out of the window at the snow when suddenly she sees that the snowflakes are really Snow Children, dancing and whirling in the garden. Soon, they whisk her away to the Snow Queen's wintry kingdom.

From the author of The Story of the Root Children, this is another classic children's story with beautiful illustrations in the art-nouveau style.


'A simple but richly imaginative tale with exquisite illustrations ... An old-fashioned delight for new children.'
-- Kirkus Book Reviews

'This reissue of a German fairytale from 1905 is a beautiful little book with gorgeous Mabel Lucie Atwell style illustrations. It contains everything you need in a Christmas story: ice castles, fairy-children, and snowmen waiters ... The magical illustrations tell the story perfectly well without the text.'
-- Families Magazine, December 2012

'An utterly delightful wintry tale full of whimsy, sprinkled with magic and sparkling with charm ... a perfect stocking filling, especially if you can conjure up some snow for Christmas morning.'
-- Playing by the Book, September 2012

'This is a beautifully illustrated and magical tale. A wonderfully enchanting book, a pleasure for children to read and the children listening really did sit open mouthed. The perfect book for a winter's day.'
-- Hilary with Isaac (5) and others, Education Otherwise, December 2005

'Poppy's visit to the Snow Queen is told in a comforting manner likely to appeal to the younger listener; the very quaintness and period feel of the pictures add charm and interest. Von Olfers' illustrative style is decorative, with snowdrop panels bordering each page and patterned scenarios of icicles and frost flowers that will captivate viewers of all ages.'
-- Gillian Lathey, School Librarian, Winter 2005

'Another delightful seasonal book for young children.'
-- Kindling, Autumn 2005

'This magical fairy tale has beautiful plate-style illustrations. A timeless gift.'
-- Family Interest magazine, November 2005


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.


The Story of the Snow Children is now also available in a lovely mini gift edition:
The Story of the Snow Children -- a mini gift edition

Don't miss more beautiful children's picture books by Sibylle von Olfers:
The Story of the Root Children
The Story of the Root Children -- a mini gift 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 Wind Children
The Princess in the Forest
The Story of the Rabbit Children
The Story of the Butterfly Children
The Story of King Lion

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