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.
'A simple but richly imaginative tale with exquisite illustrations... An old-fashioned delight for new children.'
- Kirkus Reviews
'This reissue of a German fairytale from 1905 is a beautiful little book with gorgeous Mabel Lucie Atwell style illustrations. It contains everything you need in a Christmas story: ice castles, fairy-children, and snowmen waiters... The magical illustrations tell the story perfectly well without the text.'
- Families Magazine
'An utterly delightful wintry tale full of whimsy, sprinkled with magic and sparkling with charm ... A perfect stocking filling, especially if you can conjure up some snow for Christmas morning.'
- Playing by the Book
'This is a beautifully illustrated and magical tale. A wonderfully enchanting book, a pleasure for children to read and the children listening really did sit open mouthed. The perfect book for a winter's day.'
- Hilary with Isaac (5) and others, Education Otherwise
'Poppy's visit to the Snow Queen is told in a comforting manner likely to appeal to the younger listener; the very quaintness and period feel of the pictures add charm and interest. Von Olfers' illustrative style is decorative, with snowdrop panels bordering each page and patterned scenarios of icicles and frost flowers that will captivate viewers of all ages.'
- Gillian Lathey, School Librarian
'Another delightful seasonal book for young children.'
- Kindling Magazine
'This magical fairy tale has beautiful plate-style illustrations. A timeless gift.'
- Family Interest Magazine
Sibylle von Olfers' (1881-1916) blend of natural observation and use of simple design has led to comparisons with Kate Greenaway and Elsa Beskow. Her other published works include The Story of the Root Children and Princess in the Forest.
hardcover: 0.4" H x 11.0" L x 8.4" W, 24 pages
mini edition hardcover: 0.4" H x 5.8" L x 7.8" W, 32 pages