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Story of the Root Children Hardcover – April 1, 1990

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'Nothing could date this stunningly illustrated century-old book telling the story of the seasons ... Children are enchanted by images like the root children painting a line of ladybirds with pots of red and black paint. Sibylle von Olfers' careful drawings depict Nature scenes halfway between imagination and reality.' -- Juno Magazine, Top Ten Children's Books

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Sibylle von Olfers (1881-1916) uses a blend of natural observation and simple design that critics have compared to the works of Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086315106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863151064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The general tone of this book is rare to find these days. The book was written almost one hundred years ago, so I guess this explains it! A sweet book full of happiness and simple pleasures. On the left side of the book, the page contains only text, and a good amount, about 12 detailed sentences, and the right side of the book is a full page illustration. An adorable story about these little root children who live and hibernate underground during the winter months and come above ground in the spring to play with the flowers and insects until winter approaches and they must return underground. The insects and the wind talk to the root children and guide them. Mother Earth is an old woman who takes care of them, puts them to sleep for the winter and wakes them up in the summer. A romantic tale that any child would love, a fantasy to think that little root children may be running about in the grasses and the forest under our feet! Illustrations are full of insects, butterflies, flowers, and various plants so the parent can talk to the child about them in addition to just reading the text. We need more books like this on the market! My only disappointment was that the book ended so soon--I wanted more, more more!
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This book would have deserved a better treatment: sloppy printing (blurred focus; misaligned, pale colours) and a careless translation in prose make this English edition incomparably worse than the wonderful German original with its graceful drawings and elegant rhymes. The first book ever I refused to accept; I sent it back to Amazon...
Let's hope for a better English edition which does justice to this beautiful Art Nouveau classic!
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I was hesitant to purchase this book after reading some of the other reviews, however; I am happy to have followed my instincts. The illustrations are lovely and the story is a wonderful celebration of the seasons. My daughter enjoys having it read to her time and time again. Pair the reading of the book with a craft of making some root children and you surely will have a lovely afternoon.
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This was my favorite book as a child. The art-nouveau illustrations are evocative and detailed, but simple and not overwhelming. The story itself is likewise simple but beautifully-written. It has depth, pointing you to ideas that you can explore with your children, without being tedious or trite. This book is a wonderful illustration of the first stirrings of spring, hidden in secret underground, and I'm sure my children will love it as much as I did.
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What a disappointment! I ordered this as a gift after owning a copy myself. The print quality is out of focus and slightly askew (so the colors are about 1 mm outside of the lines) and the colors are very faded. This is the eleventh printing from 2011 and the copy I own is the fifth printing, so something must have gone wrong in between. Otherwise this is a wonderful story and has beautiful illustrations, but they are very poorly represented here.
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I always read this book to my children in early spring. It was in our public library. We have moved, and when I saw this version, I wanted it for my grandchildren. The features I'd liked best (the beautiful centerfold of all the flowers and bugs emerging, and the line about the children practicing Easter hymns) were missing. The pictures are fuzzy and not the clear originals. It is a poor imitation.
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The illustrations are definitely the highlight of this book, although the story is cute too. My sons really like this book. They sometimes make their own connections between the story and what is happening in their environment. I recommend this title for children ages 2-8.
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Looking forward to sharing this tale with my grandchild, although he is making only 16 months in age, but with the awareness and curiosity of my generation's 3 or 4 years old.
The illustrations are beautiful, the words gentle.
Am very satisfied with this enchanting book, a modern yet ageless fairy tale about Mother Earth, the seasons, and the place of little children in this life setting.
Waldorf school approved- which, in itself, is a certification of quality reading to raise a respectful child.
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