Regular readers of the blog know already that I'm a huge fan of Sibylle von Olfers and also, Elsa Beskow, who had similarly themed and styled books - I just can't get enough of their art and sweetly old fashioned tales of elves, fairies, and other magical creatures hopping about in pastoral landscapes.
"Every afternoon the chrysalids go to Madam Dragonfly's dancing school."
At the end of the first day of spring, the new butterflies have an evening torchlight procession, there's a picture of it in the last photo of the post. Magical.
The story ends with the reminder that if you listen closely on the first day of Spring, you too might hear the revels of the butterfly children! I WANT TO HEAR THAT.
We also own 'The Story of the Snow Children', which is AMAZING, and I'd really love to have 'The Story of the Root Children' as well. You can check out more Sibylle goodness right here.
She was so beautiful! See below. Sibylle declined her many offers from admirers, choosing instead to join an order of nuns and teach art to local schools, while creating her children's books. Sadly, she died in her thirties from a lung infection. But she left an amazing legacy behind - Sibylle's books are the type that you keep forever and hand down to your grandchildren!
Sigh. But seriously. Such beauty! If you're looking for gift worthy books (I always am) for the preschool to kindergarten set, consider some of these old fashioned tales. You won't be sorry! You'll only be sorry to give them away and not keep them for yourself.