Pelle's New Suit

I read Pelle's New Suit in French, Paul et son habit neuf (because my library only had the French version), and I loved both the story and the illustrations; they are sweet, gentle and engaging.I have always loved Elsa Beskow's picture books, not only because of the wonderful Jugendstil-like illustrations, but even more so because there is such a loving, respectful attitude towards children and children's abilities and responsibilities present...

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Hattstugan

This is a classic Swedish children's book in rhyming couplets with an unusual feature: the rhyming word in the second line of the couplet is (nearly) always omitted, so the child has to guess it himself. It's odd that it hasn't been done more often since then. Let me try and give you the effect in translation:I'll bet you'll be surprised when you learn thatThey lived inside an old, abandoned ...The missing word, in...

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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.

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Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender

This book was first published long, long ago (1918), in Sweden by author Elsa Beskow. Children's stories were allowed to be longer then; it's certainly not the fashion now, and as I read this story to my five-year-old I found myself having to trim text as I went to keep my son's interest from wandering...But that's not unusual. Oftentimes the first read, when it's long, is a bit harder to sit through on the first go-round. He was less...

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The Tale of the Little, Little Old Woman

I read this book aloud to my children so many times that I still know it by heart twenty years later - so how could it not get five stars? And thelanguage is just perfect. Here's your free Swedish lesson for today:Det var en gång en liten liten gummaThere was once a little little old ladysom bodde i en liten liten stuga.who lived in a little little cottage.Hon hade ett litet...

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The Flowers' Festival

The art in the original editions is wonderful; this version isn't bad but it's lost something in the reprinting.The botanical theme makes this a lovely book to read to children anytime during the gardening season, especially if they are familiar with even a few of the plants mentioned in the story.Classifying the flowers as royalty, common people, and rabble is outdated, but it's also reality as kids might see it.Today we have celebrities (who...

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