The Story of the Wind Children

Sibylle von Olfers

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  • A charming autumn journey with the lively wind 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

One of the wind children takes George on a blustery adventure in this autumnal story with art nouveau illustrations. A collectable new edition of the classic picture book with a cloth spine. From the creator of The Story of the Root Children.

216 x 298 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 5 years
28 pages
Publication date:
20 May 2021
2nd edition


"Cupping her hands together, Willow blew at George's boats. A few leaves floated gently off the tree. She blew again. This time a lively blast tugged at the sails and the boats were off, racing each other across the blue."

George wants to play with his boats, but there's no breeze to make them sail. Then he meets Willow, one of the lively wind children, who asks George to join her on an adventure. Willow blows dandelions in the meadows, shakes apples from the tree and plays with the leaf children. Then it's time for George 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 Wind 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.


'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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