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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
My First Root Children
by Sibylle von Olfers
Age Range: Under_5
All through winter the root children sleep underground. When spring comes Mother Nature wakes them up and they venture above ground into the sunshine to play in the forest with the beetles, bees, ladybirds and butterflies, but when autumn comes and the cold wind starts to blow, Mother Earth calls them back underground to go to sleep for the winter.
This delightful classic seasonal story, based on German author and illustrator Sibylle von Olfers’ The Story of the Root Children, published in 1906, is presented as a board book with simplified language for very young children. The lovely old-fashioned charm of van Olfer’s delicate and detailed art nouveau style of watercolour artwork is sure to appeal to any young readers.