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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)
Tale of the Little, Little Old Woman (The)
by Elsa Beskow
Age Range: Under_5
In a little, little cottage lives a little, little old woman. Everything in the cottage is miniscule and there is also a mischievous little cat too! This is a picture book classic by Swedish author and illustrator Elsa Beskow whose books have been known and loved for over a century in Sweden. She was regarded as the Beatrix Potter of Scandinavia because she was considered the first picture book creator to convey the idea of childhood.
First published in 1897, The Tale of the Little, Little Old Woman, translated from Swedish by Floris books, has charming, delicate watercolour illustrations enclosed within a circular border and decorative vignettes are dotted around the text. The style is simple and uncomplicated and is sure to attract a new generation of readers.