George is playing with his boats, but there's no wind to make them sail. Then one of the wind children comes and blows especially for him -- and together they embark on a great adventure. The wind child blows dandelions in the meadows, shakes apples from the tree and blows the leaves around and eventually she blows George home on a cloud. From the author ofThe Story of the Root Children andThe Story of the Snow Children, this is another classic children's story with beautiful illustrations in the art-nouveau style.
von Olfers' anthropomorphic depiction of Nature, in which cherub-like beings serve the various forces - Mother Earth, the Snow Queen, the Wind - is very much in evidence here, and I think that those who appreciate her benign storytelling style, and delicate art, will be very pleased. The more I see of her work, the more I understand the comparisons to figures like Elsa Beskow, Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane. Well worth a look, for any reader who appreciates old-fashioned fairy-tales, or the Art Nouveau style!