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For over a century, Swedish author and illustrator Elsa Beskow has captivated generations of children with her charming picture books. We offer several of her classics, special favorites from her early childhood series. These clothbound hardcover editions are printed in Scotland.
Around the Year: Delightful verses and delicate, playful illustrations take young children through the special joys of each month of the year, from icy February to the green shoots of April, the red poppies of July, September's apples and the delights of December.
Christopher's Harvest Time: Christopher meets the spirit of September in the garden, and is introduced to all the harvest folk: the Gooseberry girls and boys, old man Black-Currant, the misses Plum and the proud Strawberries.
Emily and Daisy: Emily is a helpful little girl, so when her mummy is worried that Daisy the cow will escape into the clover field through a hole in the fence, she offers to go and look after Daisy for the day. On the way, she meets a big dog, a boastful boy and an old man with a sack. But when she gets to the meadow, she realises she needs help with Daisy, and to mend the fence. Who can she turn to?
The Flowers’ Festival:A lucky little girl is invited by the flower fairies to the Midsummer festival. The flowers and bumblebees and birds tell their enchanting stories, while Pea-blossom and the Dew-cups serve refreshments.
The Land of Long Ago: Kelly and Kai love to play on the gnarled old tree trunk outside their cottage in the woods: sometimes it becomes a horse, sometimes a crocodile and sometimes even a dragon. One day a mischievous gnome makes the tree trunk come to life, and the children are whisked off to the Land of Long Ago on the back of the old tree dragon. On their incredible journey Kelly and Kai meet a princess, rescue a knight and trick the king of the trolls. But will the old tree dragon stay alive long enough to bring them home again?
The Tale of the Little, Little Old Woman:
This is a simple tale about a little woman who lives in a little house with a little cat. One day the little cat climbs up on the table where the little woman has placed the bowl of milk...
This was Elsa Beskow’s first published book. Originally the story ended with the phrase 'Shoo cat!' In the next edition the publisher added 'And the cat ran away and never returned', because that was how the editor remembered the nursery rhyme. Fifty years later, Elsa Beskow changed it again, adding 'But maybe he came back after all', as many children had been upset by the previous ending.
Pelle’s New Suit: Pelle has a lamb whose coat grows longer and longer, while Pelle's Sunday suit grows shorter! Pelle shears the lamb, and the wool is carded, spun, dyed and woven. Finally, the tailor makes a new suit for Pelle.
Woody Hazel and Little Pip: This delightful autumn story describes the woodland adventures of two acorn children who get carried away by the blustery autumn wind. Mr Squirrel and Hazel, the youngest Hazelnut child, go off in search of them and encounter a grumpy troll and the Chestnut boys along the way.
For ages 2 to 7.
• Around the Year
• Christopher's Harvest Time
• Emily and Daisy
• The Flowers' Festival
• The Land Of Long Ago
• The Tale of the Little, Little Old Woman
• Pelle's New Suit
• Woody Hazel and Little Pip