Ollie's Ski Trip : v. 1 Hardback
by Elsa Beskow
Six-year-old Ollie is given his first pair of real skis.
As soon as the snow begins to fall he heads off into the woods and meets sparkling Jack Frost, who shoos away damp Mrs Thaw.
Jack Frost takes him on an adventure to the palace of King Winter.
Ollie has a wonderful time in a huge snowball fight!
But will Mrs Thaw return too soon for Ollie to enjoy the snow?
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 30 pages, colour illustrations
- Publisher: Floris Books
- Publication Date: 01/09/1989
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780863150913
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Review by AbigailAdams26
When six-year-old Ollie is finally given his first pair of real skis - something he has long anticipated - he can't wait for it to snow, so he can try them out. Setting out into the snowy woods, the first opportunity he gets, Ollie is befriended by Jack Frost, sees Mrs. Thaw (who is quickly driven away), and is taken on a visit to the icy, polar bear-guarded palace of the Winter King. Here he spends a day watching the king's assistants make everything from ski boots to skate blades, and joining in the workers' break-time play, before heading home. The story concludes with the eventual coming of Spring - as heralded by the reappearance of Mrs. Thaw - which is at first resisted by Ollie and his little brother (who want to keep playing in the snow), and then accepted and celebrated.It's hard to say, really, why I enjoyed <u>Ollie's Ski Trip</u> - first published as <u>Olles Skidfärd</u> in 1907 - so much more than the other Elsa Beskow picture-book (<u>Woody, Hazel and Little Pip</u>) I read today. Perhaps Ollie's tale felt more real to me, not because he was a "real" boy (as opposed to a forest brownie), but because his longing for a specific event - the coming of the snow - resonated with me? Didn't we all, as children, look forward to certain specific seasonal markers? Whatever the case may be, I found this a charming book, one which paired an engaging Winter story with delightful illustrations. Highly recommended to any young skiers and winter lovers, as well as to Elsa Beskow fans.