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The Story of the Snow Children Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2005
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”A simple but richly imaginative tale with exquisite illustrations ... An old-fashioned delight for new children.”
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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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I love the nature metaphors and waldorf-y pagan tones. The metaphors leave a bit of room for interpretation and discussion as the kids get older, making it appropriate for both young kids and older ones at the same time.
My kids are 4 and 2. This story is the right length. Not too long, not too short. It holds the attention of both without boring them.
Side note: Be sure to read the description of the copy being sold. The copy I received is a small one, just FYI. The small one is the only one that has been available for close to a year now on Amazon (as of Dec. 2013) so if you want the larger book or ones that match the other Von Olfers' stories, you may have to look elsewhere.
This version of the book is smaller than the other Floris books we own though. Not a huge deal since this is a harder story to find but we do prefer the large versions of these books and will repurchase in the full size once I find it.
Please note that this is a mini-edition.
I plan to return it for a full sized edition because the illustrations are so wonderful. One of our favorites!