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Children of the Forest Hardcover – June 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books; 2nd edition (June 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863150497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863150494
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Sustainability at its best and an inspiration for all would-be down-shifters! Recently republished in a new smaller format.' -- Juno magazine: a natural approach to family life --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Elsa Beskow (1874-1953) is the most popular children's illustrator in Sweden, where her picture books have been known and loved for over a century.

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It's a beautiful book.
Brandy J. Van Vossen
If there are more 100 year old books like this, I wish they would be republished.
ChristineMM
The books and illustrations (she's done many many books) are wonderful.
Joan S. Meier

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106 of 106 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Adorable tale about a miniature family, mother, father, two daughters and two sons who live in the forest. Children play and go to school with forest animals. The animals and children speak to each other. There are several morals taught in the course of the story. Follows the family from one season through the next. The children help the parents work, harvest food for winter, etc. It is nice to see the children happily working with the family rather than just existing to be entertained. The children have several adventures and lots of different fun activities playing with the animals in the forest. The book is formatted with text on the left page with one or more black and white illustrations above and/or below it, and the right side of the book is one big full color illustration. The book is a large format. The illustrations are gorgeous and offer much to look at, many details, rather than just mimicking the exact words of the text. I wish there were more books of this high quality available today. If there are more 100 year old books like this, I wish they would be republished. The story is lovely and the adult will enjoy reading it over and over.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on February 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Elsa Beskow is classic! What a wonderful book deeply explorative of the Earth. Elsa is accurate with her botanical drawings. She has such a beautiful mind! She places fairy children and elf children as the helping hands to Earth's changes. As the insects and bugs are preparing for Spring's entrance, the children paint and polish them. Perfect book for ages 2-6. Innocent, perfect for homeschooled children.
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222 of 262 people found the following review helpful By C. Pascale on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book as I have read two other books by Elsa Beskow to my daughter.

The concept of seasons is one that takes time for young children to become aware of - my two-year old daughter is just experiencing her second winter, and Beskow's previous books slowly bring that awareness about. This book, again, does a good job describing the concept of seasons and children engaging with it. It does, however, describe other not so innocent concepts - killing and descrimination.

The father of the children decides for whatever reason, to go and exterminate bad snakes in the forest, also labeled monsters and enemies, as the children look on.

Having seen their 'heroic' father kill the snake and realizing that they are too small to kill such a large animal, they practice by trying to kill ants in the forest - after all ants are smaller than they are!

Maybe I'm being a bit sensitive, but I found myself changing the story at these points, rather than have my daughter be confronted with the idea that these 'good people' go about killing animals that they percieve to be bad or evil.

As a father, I have the sensational pleasure of watching my daughter become aware of the glorious natural world we live in, especially so during our walks in the forest. I would rather have her continue to see me as someone who respects and admires, than someone who has negative preconceptions about the creatures with which we share our planet

I will be returning this book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book which has been in my family for generations. This book has adventure, educates children about nature and animals, family bonding, etc. The detailed pictures can be explored for hours toghether with your children.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By doc peterson VINE VOICE on September 27, 2003
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_Children of the Forest_ is perfect for little people just past picture-only books, or those able to follow a simple story line. It is the tale of a family of tiny people who live in the forest, with a description of their daily lives and interactions with critters of the woods. A very charming story. But the illustrations are also marvelous, of an almost "art-nouveau" style of the early 20th century. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joan S. Meier on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful children's book by a phenomenal children's author, who writes from the perspective of an old-fashioned down to earth storyteller drawing on children's imagination about nature. The books and illustrations (she's done many many books) are wonderful.

Unfortunately, Amazon sells it in miniature without informing you - do not buy the $12 version unless you want a mini. Plus when it arrived, the cover was on upside down.

BOO AMAZON!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Swedish Grandmother on October 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Since I am born in Scandinavia I grew up with Elsa Beskow's beloved books. Her illustrations are just the most wonderful I could ever think of. Nostalgia is what brings me back to these books but I also want them for my grandchildren to have a hint of another era, another time when tales were told and there was some mysticism and magic in a child's fantasies. In todays technological wonder-world, perhaps those tales of yesteryear might help bring children back to wonderment, innocence, magic and also teach about personal accountability. There are consequenses to what we do!!! Or don't do!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wendy C. on June 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In an age of pop up books and over stimulating books, Elsa Beskow books were a wonderful find for us. The illustrations are amazing- I think I will buy duplicate copies of some of the books and frame the pictures! Most of her books have one full page as a picture and the page opposite is the words. This particular book is longer then say.. the Little Old Woman but sometimes we just read 1/2 at bedtime if we are really tired. The story is very "real" in that there is a mom, dad and 4 kids (tom, harriet, sam and daisy. The kids play at the pond with the frogs like Boffo and Renata the bat, then their dad kills Vara the viper snake (we skip past that part as my son is not ready for that yet), then the boys learn never to harm forest creatures unless they mean them harm when they poke an ants nest and get stung. While they are picking berries the troll in the cave laughs at them and scares them away. They harvest berries and mushrooms and cotton grass and learn that everyone pitches in. The mother spins that into sweaters for them for the winter. Sometimes they dance with the forest ferries in the moonlight. The mother takes them to see Mrs. Owl who knows more about plants trees and flowers and teaches all the children of the forest. Winter comes and they put their heavy doors on and snuggle in their warm gear. They go for a sleigh ride drawn by a white rabbit/hare in the snow. They share their food with other creatures who don't have enough in the winter. They sit by the fire and listen to their father tell stories about when he was a little boy. Spring comes and the birds sing and newborn creatures are all about and they also get a new brother of their own too! Awesome tale.
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