My First Root Children by Sibylle Von Olfers

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All through winter the root children sleep underground. When spring comes Mother Nature wakes them up, and they get ready to go outside into the sunshine with the beetles, bees and ladybirds. They play in the forest with the butterflies. In summer they dance in the meadow and by the stream. When autumn comes and the cold wind starts to blow, Mother Earth calls them back underground to go to sleep for the winter. The classic, seasonal "Story of the Root Children" is presented for the first time as a boardbook for very young children. While the overall story remains the same, the language has been simplified. All of the beautiful original illustrations are included, with some sympathetically adapted to fit the new format.

About Sibylle Von Olfers

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Sibylle von Olfers is the author of "Etwas von den Wurzelkindern" and was an art teacher in East Prussia at the turn of the century as well as a member of the Catholic Order of St. Elizabeth. Sieglinde Schoen-Smith is a quilter whose quilted interpretation of "Mother Earth and Her Children" captured the coveted Best in Show award at the 2006 International Quilt Show in Houston. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Jack Zipes is the foremost expert on German folklore in the United States. He is a professor of German literature at the University of Minnesota and has edited, contributed to, and translated more than 50 books, essays, and plays on German folklore, including "The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature" and "The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales." He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Published March 1, 2012 by Floris Books. 10 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Based on German author/illustrator von Olfer’s The Story of the Root Children, published in 1906, this board book follows a group of mop-haired “root children,” who live underground with Mother Nature, as they get ready for spring, then venture aboveground to frolic until winter returns.

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