The Story of the Wind Children

Sibylle von Olfers

Out of print

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One of the wind children takes George on an adventure through fields and orchards and across the sky.

216 x 298 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 5 years
24 pages
Publication date:
21 Sep 2006


George is playing with his boats, but there's no wind to make them sail. Then one of the wind children comes and blows especially for him -- and together they embark on a great adventure.

The wind child blows dandelions in the meadows, shakes apples from the tree and blows the leaves around and eventually she blows George home on a cloud.

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


'This beautiful picture book is perfect for the end of summer...
Sibylle von Olfers has an eye for beauty in nature, the illustrations are very attractive to look at and take you to a magical world of nature, inhabited by sprites and fairies who always look after you and get you home in time for tea! A gentle and reassuring read that makes a lovely bedtime story.'
-- Kaleidoscope Magazine

'Born in East Prussia in 1881, Sibylle von Olfers' highly adept naturalist style places her work firmly in the vein of Beatrix Potter, Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow. On publication of "The Story of the Root Children" in 1996, Floris Books in Edinburgh made this classic of European children's literature available in the United Kingdom. It seems fitting that ten years following this they should reaffirm commitment to Olfers prestige in the children's literature world through publication of "The Story of the Wind Children". Autumn and nature are brilliantly personified in this beautifully detailed work'
--Jake Hope, Achuka

'In each of her seasonal books, von Olfers' illustrations are painted in tones which perfectly match the mood of the time of year, and her cherubic Nature children speak of a timeless innocence. A joy for children and an inspiration for adults.'
-- Juno Magazine, Autumn 2007


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.


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 Snow 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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