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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)
Story of the Wind Children (The)
by Sibylle von Olfers
Age Range: Under_5
George is playing with his boats down by the lakeside but there is no wind to make them sail. Then, Willow, one of the wind children comes and creates a breeze just for him. Together they embark on a great adventure. Willow blows dandelions in the meadows, shakes apples from the tree, blows the leaves around, and eventually blows George back home on a cloud.
This is an enchanting, classic written and illustrated in -1910 by Sibylle von Olfers (1881–1916) who used a blend of natural observation and simple design to create the beautiful illustrations in the Art Nouveau style.