Poppy is gazing out of the window at the snow when suddenly she sees that the snowflakes are really Snow Children, dancing and whirling in the garden.
Soon, they whisk her away to the Snow Queen's wintry kingdom.
From the author of The Story of the Root Children, this is another classic children's story with beautiful illustrations in the art-nouveau style.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Floris Books
- Publication Date: 06/09/2012
- Category: Picture storybooks
- ISBN: 9780863159091
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Review by AbigailAdams26
Originally published in 1905, as <u>Was Marilenchen erlebte</u> (literally, "What Little Marilyn Experienced"), this was the first book that beloved German children's author Sibylle von Olfers - whose most well-known title is probably <u>Etwas von den Wurzelkindern</u> ("Something About/The Story of the Root Children") - ever published. It follows the story of Poppy (in this English translation), who is transported by the diminutive Snow Children, and by the Swirly Wind, to the palace of the Snow Queen, where she attends a birthday party for the Snow Princess.This is my second story from von Olfers, who seems, in her picture-books, to have envisioned nature as a benevolent anthropomorphic force, with cute, cherub-like servants. In <u>The Story of the Root-Children</u>, kindly Mother Nature had her toddler-like Root Children, whereas here, the beautiful Snow Queen has her Snow Children, who sometimes appear as snowflakes, and sometime as tiny babies. Although I prefer the sharp, painful beauty of Hans Christian Andersen's <i>The Snow Queen</i>, in which Winter is seen as an unpredictable, and frequently dangerous power, von Olfers' tale presents a fascinating "answer" to this earlier vision. Here, all is gentleness and light. Which doesn't make for a particularly gripping tale, but could (I imagine) be quite reassuring for the youngest children.The illustrations, which I have seen compared to the work of such artists as Elsa Beskow and Walter Crane, are delightful! I wasn't sure, with von Olfers' book about the root children, that I really liked her style. But <u>The Story of the Snow Children</u>, with its lovely use of contrast - between the red Poppy, and her pale friends - has convinced me! I definitely want to track down more of this author/artist's work!