The Story of the Snow Children

Sibylle von Olfers

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  • An enchanting winter tale featuring the snow children, brought to life with beautiful 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

The snow children take Poppy on a magical adventure to the Snow Queen's wintry kingdom. A collectable new edition of the classic winter picture book with a cloth spine from the creator of The Story of the Root Children.

230 x 310 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
23 Nov 2023
2nd edition


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. Excitedly Poppy joins them for an adventure in the Snow Queen's wintry kingdom where she visits a shimmering ice castle and dances at the Princess's birthday celebrations until it is time for her to go 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 Story of the Snow Children 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.


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

'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.'
-- Families Magazine

'An utterly delightful wintry tale full of whimsy, sprinkled with magic and sparkling with charm ... A perfect stocking filling.'
-- Playing by the Book

'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.'
-- School Librarian

'This utterly charming story is illustrated in a distinctive period style... A lovely book sure to fuel the imaginations of yet another generation of young readers.'
-- All Done Monkey


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 Butterfly Children and The Story of the Wind Children.

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