The Story of the Wind Children

Mini edition

Sibylle von Olfers

Available to buy

Quick Look

  • From the bestselling illustrator of The Story of the Root Children and The Story of the Snow Children
  • A simple and original story of delightful nature spirits accompanied by classic art nouveau illustrations
  • A new mini edition of this nostalgic seasonal story will be particularly enjoyed in the autumn months and is perfect for little hands

George's toy boat won't sail -- until a wind sprite comes to help! George goes on a wonderful adventure with his new friend, through fields and orchards and across the sky. A mini edition of Sibylle von Olfers' classic art nouveau children's story.

122 x 172 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 5 years
24 pages
Publication date:
20 Jun 2019


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.

A mini gift edition of the classic children's story, from the creator of The Story of the Root Children and The Story of the Snow Children. The beautiful, detailed art-nouveau illustrations cultivate a feeling of magic and nostalgia.


'I really like the pictures because they're really nice pictures. I just love this book. It's beautiful and nice. It would be hard for me if I had to give this book back to the library.'
-- Xavier, age 4, for Kids Book Buzz

'The illustrations in the book are absolutely beautiful -- charming with soft, muted colors. They remind me of a cross between Tasha Tudor and Beatrix Potter.'
-- Youth Services Book Review

'A lovely little book for the younger children, telling adventures of the wind children, blowing dandelions, boats, apples from the tree and more.'
-- Kindling

'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. Autumn and nature are brilliantly personified in this beautifully detailed work.'
--Achuka magazine

'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


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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